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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

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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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

Caroline: [after they wake up in the Rolls Royce] I never went out with a freshman. Not even when I was a freshman.
The Geek: Me either.
Caroline: You were pretty crazy.
The Geek: I was?
Caroline: Yeah. You know what I like best?
The Geek: My clean, close shave?
[Background music: The clean, close shave]
Caroline: No. Waking up in your arms.
The Geek: These things?
[They start kissing, then Jake shows up]
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Coach: 19 Candles (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry
Written by Ellie Greenwich, Anthony Powers and Phil Spector
Performed by Darlene Love
Courtesy of Phil Spector International
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A difficult kiss.
26 February 2006 | by TOMASBBloodhoundSee all my reviews

The final shot of this film can in some ways mirror the difficulties of adolescence. We see Molly Ringwald finally getting to kiss the boy she's been after since the film's outset. However this kiss doesn't look like it would have been particularly easy for the actors to pull off. Both Ringwald and Shoeffling are sitting "Indian-style" on a tabletop facing one another. They both have to lean forward presumably using their wrists for leverage while their lips meet over the flaming candles on her birthday cake. A difficult kiss, indeed.

Sixteen Candles is one of the best films John Hughes gave us in the 1980s. The young cast full of so many extraordinary talents gives us one memorable scene after another. Anthony Michael Hall is particularly effective as the leader of the nerdiest students on campus. Listen to his voice crack as he reads many of his lines, and try not to laugh. Good luck! The plot, as many of us know, centers around a young girl (Ringwald) whose parents forget about her sixteenth birthday in the midst of the chaos surrounding her older sister's wedding. At the same time she tries to win the affection of the most popular guy in school who happens to be dating the most beautiful girl in school. Ah, the trials and tribulations of high school.

The film is well-paced, never drags, and has its characters pegged pretty well. The obnoxious grandparents are particularly well-drawn. Of course things are eventually resolved in a manner that could never possibly happen in real life, but that's why we go to the movies.

I miss those destructive house parties!!! 9 of 10 stars.

The Hound.


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