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Sixteen Candles -- It's Samantha Baker's Sweet Sixteen and no one in her family remembers the important occasion. John Hughes, the writer of National Lampoon's Vacation, shows how coming-of-age can be full of surprises in this warm-hearted teenage comedy starring Molly Ringwald. She's your average teen, enduring creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the Big Blonde on Campus who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. But wait...the day isn't over yet! This sparkling film features a dynamic score, and outstanding performances by Paul Dooley, Emmy winner Blanche Baker and Oscar nominee Justin Henry.
Sixteen Candles -- A girl's sweet sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

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John Hughes (written by)
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Release Date:
4 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »
Plot:
A young 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:
I've never bagged a babe. I'm not a stud. See more (159 total) »

Cast

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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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt .... sound 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 .... sound 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)
 
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
Bill Higgins .... location manager
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 (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | 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 | Norway:11 | Norway:12 (original rating) | Peru:PT | 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:
Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future The Breakfast Club (1985) co-star.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the school auto shop when Farmer Ted tries to get into the car with Sam, he can't open the door because it is locked and Sam had to reach over to unlock the door for him. There is no door post for the lock to engage, so even if the door was locked, it would still swing freely.See more »
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Howard:Dong. Where is my automobile?
Long Duk Dong:Oto-mo-biiile?
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Young GunsSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I've never bagged a babe. I'm not a stud., 15 January 2010
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

It's Samantha Baker's 16th birthday and her family are so wrapped up in her sisters impending wedding, they have completely forgotten Sam's big day. Not only that but she has the hots for school hunk Jake Ryan who, apparently doesn't know she even exists. Her existence, however, is noted by freshman Ted "The Geek" who lusts after her at every opportunity. Being 16 really isn't all it's cracked up to be, maybe?

John Hughes directs his first feature film and sets out his marker for the career that was to come for the astute observer of teen angst and coming of age drama.

Featuring Hughes faves Molly Ringwald (Sam0 & Anthony Michael Hall (Ted), Sixteen Candles is frothy on the outside but not without cunning substance on the inside. It's the sort of film that is easy to forgive its obviousness on account of its understanding of its characters, something that Hughes was a master of. Even as we run through the staple requirements of the teen comedy movie (dance, party, making out etc ) Hughes manages to avoid the cliché pitfalls of such sequences by fuelling them with believable patois.

His cast, with the exception of the dull Michael Schoeffling (Jake), are sparky and engaging throughout. With the Cusack siblings, John & Joan also showing up in the strong supporting cast. There's an Asian exchange student thread that some have tried to paint as stereotypically offencive, but that is nonsense! Gedde Watanabe ensures the role is the fun and harmless one it's meant to be.

The soundtrack is kicking and very at one with the story (another knack of Hughes), it features the likes of The Specials, The Revillos, Billy Idol, The Stray Cats and The Thompson Twins. And the Evanston, Illinois location work really fleshes out the feeling of the piece.

Not just a film for 80s nostalgists then, one for pretty much anyone who was 16 and had their emotions pulled all over the place. 7/10

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