Sixteen Candles (1984)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 33 mins

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Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The fifteen-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 Duc Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood.
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Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Molly Ringwald

Crew: John Hughes (Director), Bobby Byrne (Director of Photography), Ira Newborn (Music Director)

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Release Dates: 04 May 1984 (India)

Tagline: This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers.

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Did you know? According to Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong), there was a deleted scene where he sings at the dance. Read More
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as Mike Baker
as Samantha Baker
as Dorothy Baker
as Ginny Baker
as Brenda Baker
as Grandma Helen
as Marlene 'Lumberjack'
as Howard Baker
as Long Duk Dong
as Caroline Mulford
as Robin
as Geek Girl #1
as Bryce
as Rudy
as Randy
as Grandpa Fred
as Jake Ryan
as Jim Baker
as Rock


First Assistant Director


Production Company
Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Unit Production Manager


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Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


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Sound Re-recording Mixer


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Feature Film
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers.
16 Candles. And you're invited to the party.
It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime.
When you're just sixteen anything can happen!
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Farmer Ted is driving Caroline around she says, "Looks like rain! Time to put the top up!" her mouth is just laughing, not speaking.

Character Error
The character Long Duk Dong is referred to as a "Chinaman" throughout the film, yet has a Vietnamese name. To compound confusion, the incidental music and sound effects played for him are all Japanese or mock-Japanese music, including The Vapors' "Turning Japanese". In the tree scene, Dong is wearing his clothes and hair in traditional Japanese fashion while shouting "banzai" (a Japanese military expression). Whether or not these goofs were meant by the producers to be an intentionally ambiguous stereotype of Asians is unknown.

Character Error
When Samantha is in independent study, the questionnaire that she is filling out says "CONFIDENTAIL" on the top.

When Sam is lying on the couch, talking to her father, her blanket changes positions.

When Jake puts Caroline in the Rolls-Royce, he clearly puts her legs inside the car. Yet before he lets Ted leave he puts her legs in before he shuts the door.

When Caroline and Jake are slow dancing at the school dance, Caroline's hair changes between shots.

When Jake Ryan goes to Sam's house looking for her, and Long Duk Dong answers the door, the hot water bottle Long is holding moves from the top of his head to the side of his neck, and back.

Sam puts a can of Diet Coke on her lunch food tray in the school cafeteria, but when she enters the lunch room with her friend, she clearly has a regular can of Coke on her food tray.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Jake Ryan and his friend are doing fake pull-ups in the gym, and they pull back, you can see the dolly track. (Full-screen version only)
Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future The Breakfast Club (1985) co-star.

When Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall first met, they did not get along at all. Director John Hughes took them shopping at a music store and they discovered they had similar musical tastes and eventually got along.

Samantha says that Caroline "must have flunked nine grades" because of her mature figure for a high school student. In actuality, Haviland Morris was 25 years old during filming. Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) was 24.

Both Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were 16 years old upon release of Sixteen Candles.

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

Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek".

Filmed at Niles East High School. Some of the students in the big party scene are wearing Niles East Trojans jackets and shirts. Niles East was in Skokie, Illinois and had already been closed for over 3 years when filming began. The original school building has since been demolished, and is now the location of Oakton Community College.