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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 4 May 1984 (USA)
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A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Samantha
... Mike Baker
... Jake
... Caroline
... Long Duk Dong
... Geek
... Jim Baker
... Brenda Baker
... Ginny
... Howard
... Dorothy
... Helen
... Fred
... Randy
... Bryce
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Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,461,520, 6 May 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,686,027
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Haviland Morris is actually a natural redhead. John Hughes only wanted one redhead in the movie, therefore she had to wear a wig. See more »

Goofs

When Caroline and Jake are slow dancing at the school dance, Caroline's hair changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Randy: Geek, can I be honest with you?
The Geek: Not if you're gonna insult me.
[Randy laughs as does Jimmy and Samantha sitting nearby]
The Geek: So? Shoot. Out with it.
Randy: [hard and firm tone] Get the hell out of here!
The Geek: Hey! Nice manners, babe!
Jimmy Montrose: She's totally serious, asswipe!
The Geek: Chill.
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Crazy Credits

The final copyright notice misspells "liabiltiy." See more »

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Referenced in Talking Dead: Say Yes (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Sixteen Candles
Written by Luther Dixon and Allyson R. Khent
Performed by The Stray Cats
Courtesy of EMI America and Arista Records Ltd.
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10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the most quotable I've ever seen. Everyone who has ever seen it knows this is true. Along with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Breakfast Club", this is the best of the John Hughes 1980's movies. The acting is perfection, down to the smallest parts, too. Standouts are Blanche Baker as the bride-to-be on too many painkillers, Justin Henry as the pain-in-the-neck little brother, Michael Schoeffling as hunk-deluxe Jake Ryan and last but never least, Anthony Michael Hall as Farmer Fred....I mean Ted.


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