Sixteen Candles (1984) Poster


Other music posters in Samantha's house include Culture Club, The Stray Cats (over her bed), and Sammy Hagar.
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Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future The Breakfast Club (1985) co-star.
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.
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 Molly Ringwald made with John Hughes, she said, "I had the most fun on Sixteen Candles."
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."
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."
Both Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were 16 years old upon release of 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.
Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek".
The car Jake lends to Ted to take Caroline home in was actually owned by John Hughes.
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.
Molly Ringwald got to decorate Samantha's bedroom with items from her own dwelling.
They didn't have enough money to air-condition the gym, so it was over 100 degrees during filming.
Carlin Glynn, who plays Brenda, confronted John Hughes about the fact that the script didn't call for her to apologize for forgetting her daughter's birthday, despite the fact that her character was described as a good and attentive mother. Hughes agreed and added the scene where Brenda tearfully apologizes to Sam.
According to Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong), there was a deleted scene where he sings at the dance.
Samantha's room was a set built inside the high school gymnasium where they filmed the dance.
The cake at the end of the movie is actually made of cardboard.
In the VHS and some DVD versions, Anthony Michael Hall is credited as "The Geek". In the TV movie and film versions, he is credited as "Farmer Ted."
The gym was so hot, Haviland Morris (Caroline) changed dresses between takes due to all the sweat.
John Hughes cast Molly Ringwald after seeing her headshot. Inspired by Ringwald's appearance, he put it up over his desk and wrote the film just over a weekend with her specifically in mind for the lead role.
Viggo Mortensen auditioned for the role of Jake Ryan.
John Hughes' directorial debut.
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.
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.
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.
Considered to be one of fifteen films that changed American cinema.
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.
John Hughes wrote the role of Ted Farmer especially for Anthony Michael Hall, having worked with him on National Lampoon's Vacation (1983).
Haviland Morris didn't want to do the shower scene, because the point was that she had bigger breasts than Sam and Randy, which she didn't. So they had a body double for her.
During the party, that isn't Haviland Morris's underwear. They used a body double.
Final film for Max Showalter, who portrays Grandpa Fred.
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.
The song playing in the background while Rudy's father explains his 'business activities' to the Bakers, is Love Theme from The Godfather.
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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.
In the cafeteria scene seen in TV broadcasts, the lunch menu reads as follows (in all-uppercase changeable letters):




  • CORNAROOS - .55




  • ICED TEA - .15


  • WARM MILK - .10

Michael Schoeffling had a serious girlfriend at the time, and they eventually married.
In the initial script, Sam's father ends his heart-to-heart with his daughter by flat out asking what happened to her underwear (she gave it to Farmer Ted.) Molly Ringwald''s mother pointed out that it was weird for a girl's father to ask that. John Hughes agreed that it was creepy and changed the line.
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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.
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.
John Cusack and Joan Cusack's roles were essentially consolation prizes. They were prominently cast in The Breakfast Club (1985), with John cast as Bender and Joan set to play Allison. But Universal thought that John Hughes' script for this film was more commercial, and therefore should be made first.
The German title of the film, "Das darf man nur als Erwachsener", translates to "One may do that only as an adult".
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.
At the beginning of the film, Molly Ringwald is filling out a questionnaire. On top, the word "Confidential" can be seen misspelled. The "I" and the "A", at the end of the word, are in the wrong order.
The exact same moving shot of the exterior of the high school is used for the beginning of Sixteen Candles as well as the end of Weird Science. The same people can be seen making the same movements in both movies.
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John Hughes wrote the movie specifically for Molly Ringwald after seeing her at another casting, believing that she was the perfect representation of an American teenager.
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Haviland Morris is actually a natural redhead. John Hughes only wanted one redhead in the movie, therefore she had to wear a wig.
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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' 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.
Laura Dern auditioned for the role of Samantha Baker.
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.
The Long Duk Dong character is suspiciously similar to another character in a story John Hughes wrote for National Lampoon magazine titled "Christmas '59". The story, which seemingly also formed the storyline for the "Christmas Vacation" movie, has "Grandma & Grandpa Swenson" visiting for Christmas with exchange student "Xgung Wo" along for the ride. Echoing the racial stereotyping in the film, Xgung Wo mispronounces English phrases to comic effect.
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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.
Samantha has ' band of Molly Ringwald's at the time and the band made it into her next film Pretty in Pink.
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The turntable shown spinning with the pizza on top is a Denon DP-62L.
The original soundtrack was released as a specially priced mini album containing only 5 songs. However, the movie actually featured an extensive selection of over 30 songs.
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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."
There is a poster of actress Heather Thomas on the back of Mike's bedroom door.
Interesting parallels with another Cusack related movie: Both John Cusack and Joan Cusack were in this and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). Danny Elfman, leader of Oingo Boingo, which is on the soundtrack of this film, and uncle of Bodhi Elfman, whose wife, Jenna Elfman, wore a neck brace in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) at the dance scene, as Joan's character wore the neck brace in this film.
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Features Adam Rifkin in a small role.
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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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John Hughes: [The Beatles] The Geek sings "Birthday" to Sam in the auto shop.

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