A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director:

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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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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This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Goofs

When Caroline steps out of the Rolls-Royce, you can tell that she stepped onto a box or platform before walking off. See more »

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Randy: Let's go make ourselves available.
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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 »

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Referenced in Blood Bound (2007) See more »

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Written by Stevie Ray Vaughan (uncredited)
Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan
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One of the best 80's movies ever!!
6 June 2004 | by sweetcatastrophe93See all my reviews

This movie has to be one of the best 80's movies ever...it is so well-written. Director John Hughes has made another coming of age classic!! Sixteen Candles tells the story of a girl, Samantha Baker, whose family has forgotten her sweet 16 due to her sister's upcoming wedding. The movie is awesome, and I love how Sam is totally NOT a Mary-Sue and she gets the hot jock!! It's so sweet...Jock Jake is sick of his party girl girlfriend, Caroline, who is absolutely beautiful, and he's just looking for true love. Sam has a hopeless crush on him...throughout the whole movie he's trying to get to her, and finally at the end he reaches her after everyone has left for her sister's reception after the wedding mass. Seriously, this movie is so cute!!! It's my favorite out of Molly Ringwald's movies. She's perfect for this part, and Anthony Michael Hall is SO FUNNY. He's hysterical...Farmer Ted. I love how this movie shows that the blondes who are busty and popular don't always get the guys...it's uplifting...it's a movie for anyone whoever thought their love was out of their reach...it's inspiring. SO GOOD!!!!

:) <3 GREAT GREAT MOVIE GO BUY IT NOW!!! YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT!!!!


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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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