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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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, which served as the basis of the screenplay for National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). See more »

Goofs

When Geek-Ted and Jake put Caroline in the Rolls Royce Jake does not put Caroline's legs in the car after sitting her in the front seat. He reaches over and puts her purse on the console then continues talking to Ted. He puts her legs in after they agree that Ted will take her home... There's no continuity error regarding her legs in that scene. What is off is that Caroline's purse strap is over her shoulder when they carry her out to the garage and when Jake puts her in the seat. Then you see him with the purse as he reaches over her to put in on the console. When/how did he get it off her shoulder and over her arm without moving her? That's the continuity error (in the movie version). See more »

Quotes

Samantha: I meant that it's okay that you did it once; but, I didn't mean for you to do it again!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

VHS releases, cable TV broadcasts, and the initial DVD release change the majority of the soundtrack. The 2003 DVD and Blu-ray release restore the original theatrical soundtrack. See more »

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Referenced in ParaNorman (2012) See more »

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If You Were Here
Written by Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway
Performed by Thompson Twins
Courtesy of Arista Records Inc.
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my opinion of it....
14 April 2005 | by beeble_beeSee all my reviews

movies in the 80's were really cool, nice story lines, very real people and cute guys too! 80's movies were so musical, full of dance and laughter, really good acting and good use of props. I wish movies were like the old classic movies, movies nowadays are somewhat a rip off, i'm not saying all but most movies made in this era are all computerized, there's so much plastic surgery happening, drastic diets, if you look back at the old movies, the ladies are really beautiful naturally, nice hair, and the spark in those eyes, men were romantic. I watched Sixteen Candles for the first time, and i enjoyed it. I liked Pretty in Pink better though. Sixteen candles is a really funny yet in a sweet romantic sort of way....the geeks and the Duck guy, hilarious! i enjoy watching classic movies, eg. dirty dancing, ghost, gremlin, pretty in pink, ghost busters.... I wouldn't recommend this movie to kids 14+, especially if you don't like watching classic movies. But to those out there who were teens in the 80s, this might bring back your high school memories. Truly hilarious, you can predict the ending, the geeks took the spotlight for me


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