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Sixteen Candles ()


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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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Samantha
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Mike Baker
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Jake
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Caroline
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Long Duk Dong
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Geek
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Jim Baker
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Brenda Baker
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Ginny
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Howard
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Dorothy
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Helen
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Fred
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Randy
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Bryce
Darren Harris ...
Cliff
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Lumberjack (as Deborah Pollack)
Ross Berkson ...
Ray Gun Geek #1
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Jimmy Montrose
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Geek Girl #1
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Reverend
Bekka Eaton ...
Female D.J.
Paula Elser ...
Shower Double
Steven Farber ...
Ray Gun Geek #2
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Robin
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Freshman
Cinnamon Idles ...
Sara
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Rudy
Marge Kotlisky ...
Irene
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Rock
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Jock
Bill Orsi ...
Bruno
Beth Ringwald ...
Patty
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Organist
Dennis Vero ...
Bus Driver
Elaine Wilkes ...
Tracy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnes Belushi ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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High School Student (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
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Boy with Coronet (uncredited)
James Huffman ...
Student in Crowd (uncredited)
Stephan Meyers ...
Geek at Dance (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ...
Extra (uncredited)
New York City Breakers ...
Student Breakers (uncredited)
Erika Pearson ...
Student (uncredited)
Powerful Pexster ...
Student Breaker (uncredited)
Joe Pressel ...
Newspaper Delivery Man (uncredited)
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Head Nerd (uncredited)
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Wall Flower (uncredited)
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Bandie (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Hughes ... (directed by)

Written by

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John Hughes ... (written by)

Produced by

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Hilton A. Green ... producer (produced by)
Michelle Manning ... associate producer
Ned Tanen ... executive producer

Music by

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Ira Newborn ... (music by)

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Bobby Byrne ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Edward Warschilka ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Jerrie Fowler ... assistant film editor: Chicago
Aubrey Head ... color timer
Scott K. Wallace ... assistant film editor (as Scott Wallace)

Casting By

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Jackie Burch ... (casting by)

Production Design by

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John W. Corso

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Jennifer Polito

Costume Design by

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Mark Peterson ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Edouard F. Henriques ... make-up (as Edouard Henriques)
Rodger Jacobs ... make-up: Chicago crew (as Roger Jacobs)
Kathe Swanson ... hair stylist: Chicago crew
Yolanda Toussieng ... hair stylist (as Yolanda Toussien)

Production Management

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Daniel Franklin ... unit production manager
Sean Daniel ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Adam Fields ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

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Newt Arnold ... first assistant director (as Newton D. Arnold)
James Giovannetti Jr. ... second assistant director (as James R. Giovannetti Jr.)

Art Department

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Robert R. Volpe ... property master (as Robert Volpe)
Marc Fambro ... laborer (uncredited)
Paul Stanwyck ... head painter: Chicago crew (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James R. Alexander ... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Bruce Bell ... sound editor
Walter A. Gest ... recordist
Jack Gosden ... adr editor
Glenn Hoskinson ... sound editor
Bob Johnston ... sound editor
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Gary Priest ... assistant sound editor
John Roesch ... foley
Joan Rowe ... foley
John Stacy ... supervising sound editor
Bruce Stambler ... sound editor
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit ... sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Greg Agalsoff ... boom operator (uncredited)
Ed Golya ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Allen Hurd ... sound (uncredited)
Greg Orloff ... foley recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director (uncredited)

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Rick LeFevour ... stunts
Shannon Madill ... stunts
Cheryl Ivy Sweeney ... stunts
Kay Whipple ... stunts
Mike Yuan ... stunts

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James Blanford ... camera operator: Chicago crew (as Jim Blanford)
Rick Borchardt ... key grip
John W. Brumshagen ... gaffer (as John Brumshagen)
Donald Carlson ... assistant camera operator: Chicago crew (as Don Carlson)
Tom Cox ... best boy (as Tommy Cox)
Eric Engler ... assistant camera operator
Gary B. Kibbe ... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
Michael Orefice ... best boy
James Zenk ... still photographer: Chicago crew (as Jim Zenk)
Art Bartels ... key grip: Chicago crew (uncredited)
Robert C. Carlson ... camera apprentice (uncredited)

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David Gonzales ... casting assistant
Dee Dee Wehle ... casting assistant (as DeeDee Wehle)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Peterson ... costumer: men
Marla Denise Schlom ... costumer: women (as Marla Schlom)

Location Management

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Bill Higgins ... location manager

Music Department

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Jimmy Iovine ... music supervisor
Ted Whitfield ... music editor
David Buell ... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Carlton Kaller ... assistant music editor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Sandy King ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Patrick Nallon ... transportation captain: Chicago crew (as Pat Nallon)

Additional Crew

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Tracy Cutts ... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Drew Elisius ... special consultant
Wayne Fitzgerald ... titles
Pam Green ... production assistant
Mike Henry ... intern
Charles Hirschhorn ... production assistant
Al Shenfeld ... auditor
Linnea Ebba Wicklund ... production secretary (as Linnea Wicklund)
Pamela A. Brewer ... assistant: Mr. Green (uncredited)
Ross L. Kulma ... set medic (uncredited)
Walter Tabayoyong ... stand-in (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 16 Candles (World-wide, English title)
  • Seize bougies pour Sam (France)
  • Das darf man nur als Erwachsener (Germany)
  • 16 velas (Spain)
  • Dieciséis velas (Spain)
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  • 93 min
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Budget $6,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,461,520, 06 May 1984

Did You Know?

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Trivia Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald initially disliked each other, so John Hughes took them to a record store and they bonded after they found out they like the same music. One of the groups they liked was The Rave-Ups which Molly scribbled on Samantha's notebook. See more »
Goofs When the family is leaving for the wedding, the grandparents all pile into the car, but it was not large enough to accommodate the group. Grandma Baker squats near the passenger door to create the impression that she is sitting in the car. However, when the car is backing out of the driveway, you briefly see her curved back remain stationary while the car moves away from her. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Weird Science (1985). See more »
Soundtracks Snowballed See more »
Quotes The Geek: [to Samantha] Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?
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