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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 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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong), there was a deleted scene where he sings at the dance. 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

Mike Baker: What the hell are you bitchin' about? I gotta sleep under some Chinaman named after a duck's dork.
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Alternate Versions

Television version shown on WE network has an extra scene: right after Samantha says "I'd shit twice and die" (about anyone finding out she wrote the sex test answers about Jake), it shows Jake in the lunchroom reading the sex test he stole from the floor. It then cuts to Samantha and her friend, Randy, in line to get food, and Samantha exclaims she can't believe she's eating cafeteria burgers. Randy asks why Brenda (Sam's mother) didn't give her her carrot sticks. Samantha says, "She can't remember my birthday, you think she's gonna remember my carrots?" It's then disclosed that Sam is eating the carrots because it's supposed to make your breasts larger. Randy asks how it's going, and Sam says she's only gotten 1/16th of an inch improvement, a 1/2 inch if she takes a deep breath. They then go to find a seat. Sam sees Jake sitting at a table. She throws her food tray onto Randy's tray and says that she has to leave because Jake is there, and "I don't want him to know that I eat!" It then continues with the chin-up scene with Jake See more »

Connections

Referenced in Odd Mom Out: Frisky Business (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Kajagoogoo
(Main Title Song)
Written by Kajagoogoo (uncredited)
Performed by Kajagoogoo
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd.
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Pleasantly Surprised
29 July 2018 | by cripdonovanSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying I would of probably never watched this movie but we have no cable right now. With that being said, my mom brought over her vhs collection and we've just been putting in each movie in the stack. I grew up in the 80's but I always assumed it was just a chick flick. Put in the vhs tape not expecting much but caught myself laughing at several parts. All of the characters are likable and each brings their own qualities to the film. All I can say is I'm pleasantly surprised. I liked it, not going to lie :)


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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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Mono | Dolby Digital (5.1)| DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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