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When Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall first met, they did not get along at all. Director John Hughes took them shopping at a music store and they discovered they had similar musical tastes and eventually got along.
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Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future The Breakfast Club (1985) co-star.
Both Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were 16 years old upon release of Sixteen Candles.
Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek".
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.
Of all the films Ringwald made with Hughes, she said, "I had the most fun on Sixteen Candles."
The movie's line "Can I borrow your underpants for ten minutes?" was voted as #86 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
In the VHS version, Anthony Michael Hall is credited as "The Geek". In the TV movie and film versions, he is credited as "Farmer Ted."
Samantha says that Caroline 'must have flunked nine grades' because of her mature figure for a high school student. In actuality, Haviland Morris was 25 years old during filming. Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) was 24.
According to Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong), there was a deleted scene where he sings at the dance.
The license plate on Jake's car reads "21850", which is director John Hughes's birthday (2/18/50).
In the book 'You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, And Their Impact on a Generation' by Susannah Gora, Molly Ringwald says that because she and Anthony Michael Hall were too young to entertain themselves at bars or nightclubs, they often spent their Saturdays off from filming Sixteen Candles (1984) crashing the Bar and Bat Mitzvah receptions that were being held at the hotel in Skokie, Illinois, where the cast was being housed.
Viggo Mortensen auditioned for the role of Jake Ryan.
The cake at the end of the movie is actually made of cardboard.
Other than Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos was the only actor to appear in all three of John Hughes' teen films which were made under contract with Universal. In Weird Science (1985), Kapelos can been seen at the table in the bar. In The Breakfast Club (1985), Kapelos serves as the janitor. In Sixteen Candles (1984), Kapelos appeared as Sam's future brother-in-law.
The character of Long Duk Dong was supposed to be a teenager but Gedde Watanabe, who portrayed him, was 28 years old at the time this was filmed.
They didn't have enough money to air-condition the gym, so it was over 100 degrees during filming.
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Gedde Watanabe says the gong sound effect wasn't included in the script: "I think the gong was something they added. Somebody must've had a few beers."
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Michael Schoeffling was so shy during his audition, it almost cost him the job. But producer Michelle Manning said, "He was so stunning and dreamy that we cast him."
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Brother and sister John Cusack and Joan Cusack co-star in Sixteen Candles. John is Bryce, one of Anthony Michael Hall's geeky friends. Joan is the geeky girl seen on the bus, and having trouble sipping water from a drinking fountain.
In late 2003, USA network announced that a made-for-TV sequel, to be called "32 Candles," was being planned, showcasing the original characters 16 years after the original film. It was unknown at the time of the announcement whether any of the original cast members would be involved with the project, but that turned out to be unimportant, since the announced new film was never made.
Samantha's room was a set built inside the high school gymnasium where they filmed the dance.
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The print above the bed in Jake's room depicts the 17th century Swedish man-o-war Vasa, which sank in Stockholm harbor during its maiden voyage in 1628. She was salvaged in the 1950s and is now displayed at the Vasa Museum.
In the cafeteria scene seen in TV broadcasts, the lunch menu reads as follows (in all-uppercase changeable letters):
  • MEATBALL SALAD - .80


  • SENIOR BURGER & FRIES - $1.00


  • CHIPPED PORK ON A BUN - .55


  • JUMBO FISHDOG - .75


  • CORNAROOS - .55


  • GELATIN BALLS - .30


  • CANNED BROWNIES IN LIGHT SYRUP - .50


  • VITAMIN COBBLER - FREE


  • ICED TEA - .15


  • GRAPE BEVERAGE - .15


  • WARM MILK - .10


HAVE A NICE DAY
One scene, which was cut from the final theatrical version but later shown in the TV version, was shot in the cafeteria at one of Niles East's two sister schools, Niles North.
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Michael Schoeffling, Jake, had a serious girlfriend at the time, and they eventually married.
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Filmed at Niles East High School. Some of the students in the big party scene are wearing Niles East Trojans jackets and shirts. Niles East was in Skokie, Illinois and had already been closed for over 3 years when filming began. The original school building has since been demolished, and is now the location of Oakton Community College.
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Samantha's dad's car has the license plate "V58", which stands for "Vacation '58", a story written by John Hughes for National Lampoon Magazine.
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During the party, that isn't Haviland Morris's underwear. They used a body double.
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The gym was so hot, Haviland Morris (Caroline) changed dresses between takes due to all the sweat.
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The car Jake lends to Ted to take Caroline home in was actually owned by director John Hughes.
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Laura Dern auditioned for the role of Samantha Baker.
Other music posters in Samantha's house include Culture Club, The Stray Cats (over her bed), and Sammy Hagar.
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During the dance scene, John Cusack is wearing a WLS t-shirt. Although it currently has an oldies format, in 1984, WLS was a top-40 station in Chicago.
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The German title of the film, "Das darf man nur als Erwachsener", translates to "One may do that only as an adult".
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The turntable shown spinning with the pizza on top is a Denon DP-62L.
When Samantha is in her room talking on the phone with her friend, a promotional poster can be seen on the wall for the rock group Squeeze and their album entitled "Singles," which was released in 1982.
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There is a poster of actress Heather Thomas on the back of Mike's bedroom door.
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This movie has gotten a great deal of criticism from some of its Asian American viewers for its racial insensitivity and its negative impact on their upbringings. In a 2008 NPR piece titled "Long Duk Dong: Last of the Hollywood Stereotypes?," reporter Alison MacAdam interviewed Eric Nakamura, a co-founder of Giant Robot Magazine, which covers Asian and Asian American pop culture. Nakamura said, "Every single Asian dude who went to high school or junior high during the era of John Hughes's movies was called 'Donger.' I mean, if you're being called 'Long Duk Dong,' you're comic relief amongst a sea of people unlike you. And you're also being portrayed as a non-[American] person. You're being portrayed as a guy who just came off a boat and who's out of control. It's like every bad stereotype possible loaded into one character. Just the gong that, you know, appears behind them magically every time he's on the screen, gong, you know, that's awful. I mean, I feel bad for [actor Gedde Watanabe] in the end because he's had to live with the fact that all these Asian American men hate him." Watanabe was also interviewed for the piece, and he recounted numerous incidents in which people have publicly expressed their anger at him for playing a role that so widely disseminated negative stereotypes of Asian men.
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When Sam (Molly Ringwald) and her friend are in the lunch line, one of the menu selections behind the lunch lady's head reads "Canned Brownies in Light Syrup."
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Final film for Max Showalter, who portrays Grandpa Fred.
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Considered to be one of fifteen films that changed American cinema.
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John Hughes' directional debut.
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Cameo 

Dick Biondi:  Chicago radio legend is heard on the radio (uncredited) in the opening bedroom scene where Molly Ringwald is looking in her mirror.
Agnes Belushi:  The woman that Ginny Baker tries to sit next to at the wedding.
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Director Trademark 

John Hughes:  [The Beatles]  The Geek sings "Birthday" to Sam in the auto shop.
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