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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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John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Ringwald ... Samantha
Justin Henry ... Mike Baker
Michael Schoeffling ... Jake
Haviland Morris ... Caroline
Gedde Watanabe ... Long Duk Dong
Anthony Michael Hall ... Geek
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
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Storyline

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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Turning sixteen isn't easy, when you've fallen in love...for the first time. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sixteen Candles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,461,520, 6 May 1984

Gross USA:

$23,686,027

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,686,027
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Adam Rifkin in a small role. See more »

Goofs

When the little brother is asking about Long Duk Dong at the beginning of the movie: He takes a drink from his glass, but the amount of soda doesn't change: .. and then in the next shot from another angle, the glass/soda bottle percents of fullness are much more full than in the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Jake: [Jake is now holding Samantha's panties] These are really hers?
The Geek: Yeah.
Jake: How did you get 'em?
The Geek: She gave 'em to me.
Jake: Did you...?
The Geek: No! No, Jake. She's cranked for you. I told her you asked about her, right? The girl freaked. She had a hissy. She thinks you're the cats meow!
Jake: Really? She came up to me in the gym tonight. She looked at me like I was a leper.
The Geek: Girls will do that, Jake. You know? You see, they know guys are like in perpetual heat, right? They know they shit, and they enjoy pumping us up. It's...
[...]
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The television version includes a lunchroom scene where Samantha and her friend see the guy Samantha likes and she declares that she can't eat. See more »

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"They F##king forgot my birthday!!!"...
29 March 1999 | by Don-102See all my reviews

These are the immortal words spoken by SIXTEEN CANDLES heroine Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) in the ultimate 80's teen comedy. This movie has become a classic to those born in the 70's, like myself, and I now consider it a "guilty pleasure". Its a movie we all grew up with. Didn't we all know a person like 'Farmer Ted', or a hot queenie like the blonde he hilariously gets. It was every young freshman's fantasy. This funny flick is also a relic of the 80's that is not all that dated.

The jokes still work (as long as you see it uncut) and it is neat seeing things of the not so distant past be on display. Floppy disks, headgears, leotards, etc... Time has not been so good to the featured stars. Ringwald and Anthony-Michael Hall, who was born to play this role, and this one only, have all but disappeared. The biggest stars now are blips on the screen here: Joan (in a headgear) and John (a geek) Cusack. The film is like a toy you can't put away.

Some situations are beat, but at least Paul Dooley adds an extra dimension to the father. Too many of John Hughes' teen-angst comedies of the era feature tissue-thin parental figures. This was the first and best of the so-called "brat pack" movies, and will always hold a place in 1980's filmmaking history. Girls learned never to lend their underwear to a geek and we all learned that high school is just a phase, easily forgotten as time goes on.


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