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Sixteen Candles (1984)

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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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It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime. See more »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,686,027
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 Jake comes for Samantha at her house on the day of the wedding and Long Duk Dong answers the door, both panes of glass, from the inside, are clear, but when the door is opened, the panes appear frosted on the outside surfaces. See more »

Quotes

The Geek: Relax, would you? We have seventy dollars and a pair of girls underpants. We're safe as kittens.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

"Sixteen Candles" has two different music soundtracks. One appears in the theatrical release, and in the showings on cable TV. The other soundtrack appears in the home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Go On: Ring and a Miss (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Kajagoogoo
(Main Title Song)
Written by Kajagoogoo (uncredited)
Performed by Kajagoogoo
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd.
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The eighties were great weren't they
12 July 1999 | by Meredith-7See all my reviews

Films like Sixteen Candles personify what the eighties was all about. And if you were a child of the 80s, you will probably identify with this film a lot more than the now younger generation. The story is simple enough, but it works so well. Molly Ringwald is particularly likeable in this, and she is almost irreplaceable in her part. There are heaps of familiar faces, including small parts from many of the present day 'movie stars' ie John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz. It's kind of daggy though, and when you tell people you watched it their response is usually "Oh My God. That is so OLD." But that's what I like about it. If you want to watch a film that reflects the eighties, forget the nostalgia trips of The Wedding Singer and Romy and Michelle. Hire a true eighties product, such as Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, St Elmo's Fire.... The list goes on and on.


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