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Sixteen Candles -- A girl's sweet sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

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Writer:
John Hughes (written by)
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Release Date:
4 May 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »
Plot:
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Only Teen Comedy That Matters See more (173 total) »

Cast

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Molly Ringwald ... Samantha

Justin Henry ... Mike Baker

Michael Schoeffling ... Jake

Haviland Morris ... Caroline

Gedde Watanabe ... Long Duk Dong

Anthony Michael Hall ... Farmer Ted

Paul Dooley ... Jim Baker

Carlin Glynn ... Brenda Baker

Blanche Baker ... Ginny

Edward Andrews ... Howard

Billie Bird ... Dorothy

Carole Cook ... Helen

Max Showalter ... Fred

Liane Curtis ... Randy

John Cusack ... Bryce
Darren Harris ... Cliff

Debbie Pollack ... Lumberjack (as Deborah Pollack)
Ross Berkson ... Ray Gun Geek #1
Jonathan Chapin ... Jimmy Montrose

Joan Cusack ... Geek Girl #1

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Reverend
Bekka Eaton ... Female D.J.
Pamela Elser ... Shower Double (as Paula Elser)
Steven Farber ... Ray Gun Geek #2

Jami Gertz ... Robin

Frank Howard ... Freshman
Cinnamon Idles ... Sara

John Kapelos ... Rudy
Marge Kotlisky ... Irene

Tony Longo ... Rock

Steve Monarque ... Jock
Bill Orsi ... Bruno
Beth Ringwald ... Patty

Zelda Rubinstein ... Organist
Dennis Vero ... Bus Driver
Elaine Wilkes ... Tracy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnes Belushi ... Wedding guest (uncredited)
Elizabeth Cox ... High School Student (uncredited)

Sven Granlund ... Extra (uncredited)

Andy Hirsch ... Boy with Coronet (uncredited)
Stephan Meyers ... Geek at Dance (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
New York City Breakers ... students Breakers (uncredited)
Erika Pearson ... Student (uncredited)
Powerful Pexster ... Student Breakers (uncredited)

Jennifer Scott ... Wall Flower (uncredited)

James Vallo ... Bandie (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hughes 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Hughes  written by

Produced by
Sean Daniel .... executive in charge of production
Hilton A. Green .... producer
Michelle Manning .... associate producer
Ned Tanen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ira Newborn 
 
Cinematography by
Bobby Byrne 
 
Film Editing by
Edward Warschilka 
 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
 
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Polito 
 
Makeup Department
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques)
Rodger Jacobs .... makeup artist: Chicago (as Roger Jacobs)
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist: Chicago
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist (as Yolanda Toussien)
 
Production Management
Adam Fields .... executive in charge of production
Daniel Franklin .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director (as Newton D. Arnold)
James Giovannetti Jr. .... second assistant director (as James R. Giovannetti Jr.)
 
Art Department
Marc Fambro .... laborer
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter: Chicago
Robert R. Volpe .... property master
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Bruce Bell .... sound editor
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist
Jack Gosden .... adr editor
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
Bob Johnston .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Gary Priest .... assistant sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Stambler .... sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Greg Agalsoff .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paula-Marie Eiser .... stunt coordinator (as Paula Eiser)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Shannon Madill .... stunts
Cheryl Ivy Sweendy .... stunts
Kay Whipple .... stunts
Mike Yuan .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip: Chicago
James Blanford .... camera operator: Chicago (as Jim Blanford)
Rick Borchardt .... key grip
John W. Brumshagen .... gaffer (as John Brumshagen)
Donald Carlson .... assistant camera: Chicago crew (as Don Carlson)
Robert C. Carlson .... Camera apprentice
Tom Cox .... best boy (as Tommy Cox)
Eric Engler .... assistant camera
Gary B. Kibbe .... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
Michael Orefice .... best boy
James Zenk .... still photographer: Chicago (as Jim Zenk)
 
Casting Department
David Gonzales .... casting assistant
Dee Dee Wehle .... casting assistant (as DeeDee Wehle)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Peterson .... costumer: men
Marla Denise Schlom .... costumer: women (as Marla Schlom)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant film editor: Chicago
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Scott K. Wallace .... assistant editor (as Scott Wallace)
 
Location Management
Bill Higgins .... location manager
 
Music Department
David Buell .... music recording engineer
Jimmy Iovine .... music supervisor
Carlton Kaller .... assistant music editor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Patrick Nallon .... transportation captain: Chicago (as Pat Nallon)
 
Other crew
Tracy Cutts .... assistant: John Hughes
Drew Elisius .... special consultant
Pamela Elser .... shower double: Haviland Morris
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titler
Pam Green .... production assistant
Mike Henry .... intern
Charles Hirschhorn .... production assistant
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Al Shenfeld .... auditor
Walter Tabayoyong .... stand-in
Linnea Ebba Wicklund .... production secretary (as Linnea Wicklund)
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-12/9 | Iceland:L | India:A | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Norway:12 (original rating) | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (original rating) (1984-2005) | USA:PG (certificate #27313) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie's costume director begged Molly Ringwald not to wear the hat she wears in the beginning of the movie. Ringwald insisted. After the movie was released, teenage girls started wearing their hats tilted back like this.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Sam is talking to her mom in the kitchen, you can see the shadow of the boom mic on the cabinet between them.See more »
Quotes:
The Geek:[to Samantha] Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Legend of Zelda 1987 Trailer (2011) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
If You Were HereSee more »

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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The Only Teen Comedy That Matters, 11 April 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

The teen comedy to which every teen comedy made for the rest of eternity will be compared.

"Sixteen Candles" is one of those movies that has entered the vocabulary of Gen-Xers everywhere. All you have to do is say a line like: "Oh look, Frank, she's got her boobies"; or "Thanks for lending me the Donger here, he's totally bitchin'"; or "What's happening', hot stuff?", to anyone between the ages of 30 and 40, and I guarantee they'll know what you're talking about.

Molly Ringwald raised teen surliness to Shakespearean heights; Anthony Michael Hall channeled hormonal distress; and Joan Cusack brought acceptance to head-gear wearers everywhere, proving that kids with bad teeth are humans too.

Grade: A+

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