Sixteen Candles

May 4th, 1984


Sixteen Candles

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Still of John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen CandlesStill of Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling in Sixteen CandlesStill of Zelda Rubinstein in Sixteen Candles

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

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 7.0/10 (32,058 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: John Hughes

Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry

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.

Molly Ringwald - Samantha Baker
Justin Henry - Mike Baker
Michael Schoeffling - Jake Ryan
Haviland Morris - Caroline Mulford
Gedde Watanabe - Long Duk Dong
Anthony Michael Hall - The Geek
Paul Dooley - Jim Baker
Carlin Glynn - Brenda Baker
Blanche Baker - Ginny Baker
Edward Andrews - Howard Baker
Billie Bird - Dorothy Baker
Carole Cook - Grandma Helen
Max Showalter - Grandpa Fred
Liane Curtis - Randy
John Cusack - Bryce

Taglines: It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime.

Release Date: 4 May 1984

Filming Locations: 1407 Waverly Road, Highland Park, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross: $23,686,027 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Brother and sister John and Joan Cusack co-star in Sixteen Candles. John is Bryce, one of Anthony Michael Hall's geeky friends. Joan is the geeky girl seen on the bus, and having trouble sipping water from a drinking fountain.

Revealing mistakes: When Ted and Carolyn are driving down the road, just after she makes the top go up and down, there is no rear view mirror. There is a bracket for one, but no mirror.

The Geek: [noticing the car Jake puts Caroline in] This, uh, this your car, Jake?
Jake: No, this is my dad's car. You said you couldn't drive a stick.
The Geek: This is a motherfu - ! This is a Rolls Royce, Jake.
Jake: So?
The Geek: SO? So? I hear the grill ALONE costs five grand on this. Five grand! You have five grand? I don't have five grand!
Jake: Then don't hit anything.
The Geek: [incredulous] Ha ha! Don't hit anything.

User Review

26 years ago...

Rating: 8/10

I am shocked to realise this hilarious film is now 26 years old! Films from 1964 seen in 1988 looked a zillion years can a 1980s film like this one still be so new and play so fresh in 2010? Apart from it being funnier and truly inspired I really now appreciate more the legacy of John Hughes in his series of films that were released in that 5 year span 1984-89. Anthony Michael Hall is rightly celebrated and gorgeous Molly Ringwald deserves her fame in the teen hall of Stardom. Whatever happened to Michael Schoeffling (Jake)....anyone know? It seems incongruous that so many future stars got their start in this film yet he seemed to go nowhere. I am also very surprised it got a PG rating.......given the swearing and the nudity..but I guess in the spirit of it all it was a perfect pic for anyone 12 - 112. Very clever and very funny.


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