Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

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Director: John Hughes

Cast: John Hughes, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling


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On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunkSee more details below


On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha's family home as it's invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Johnson
This tender and often painfully funny 1984 comedy introduced John Hughes, the producer-director-writer destined to own and operate the world of cinematic teen angst for the rest of the decade. A voice from Chicago's suburban North Shore, Hughes deftly captured the reveries, rhythms, and rationalizations of young adulthood while delivering enough big laughs to score in the box office. The movie opens with Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) on the eve of her 16th birthday, skulking in the shadows as her family gears up for older sister's wedding the next day. Even more depressing, she's invisible to the man of her dreams, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling), while the school Geek (Anthony Michael Hall) has become smitten with her, and she's obligated to take an equally geeky exchange student, Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe), to the school dance. The night that follows turns that hallowed high school tradition, the social pecking order, on its head. Featuring early appearances by siblings John and Joan Cusack, Sixteen Candles is a testament to that singular anticipation and frustration that make every night in a teenager's life feel like the longest, most important night in the history of the world. And while Hughes went on to even greater successes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and the Home Alone series), Sixteen Candles will endure as his most natural and satisfying film.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
In his directorial debut, successful comedy screenwriter John Hughes maps out the insecurities of middle-class adolescence with wit, empathy, and a large cast of enjoyably loopy teen characters. The film made pouty, chic Molly Ringwald a star, and more than 15 years later it isn't hard to see why. Sarcastic one minute, heart on her sleeve the next, she embodies the anxieties of bright but stifled youth the world over. Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and host of lesser-known players make the most of their sometimes limited screen time with broad, dead-on comic personae. Heathers would scrawl ironic graffiti across this tender portrait of naïve suburbia a mere five years later, but few films, if any, have since captured its good-hearted charm.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Celebrating Sixteen Candles - Revisit Sixteen Candles in this 10-part documentary featuring interviews with cast members as they discuss their experiences in making this quintessential coming-of-age teen comedy! Filmmakers such as Amy Heckerling (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) and Diablo Cody (Juno) reflect on the cultural impact of the film and how director John Hughes revolutionalized the entire teem comedy genre

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Molly Ringwald Samantha Baker
Anthony Michael Hall Geek
Michael Schoeffling Jake
Paul Dooley Jim Baker
Liane Alexandra Curtis Randy
Justin Henry Mike Baker
Haviland Morris Caroline
Gedde Watanabe Long Duk Dong
Billie Bird Dorothy
Edward Andrews Howard
Carole Cook Helen
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Beth Ringwald Patty
Carlin Glynn Brenda Baker
Blanche Baker Ginny
John Cusack Bryce
Darren Harris Cliff
Jonathan Chapin Jimmy Montrose
Joan Cusack Geek Girl No.1
Brian Doyle-Murray Reverend
Jami Gertz Robin
Frank Howard Freshman
Cinnamon Idles Sara
John Kapelos Rudy
Marge Kotlisky Irene
Tony Longo Bock
Steve Monarque Jock
Zelda Rubinstein Organist
Dennis Vero Bus Driver
Elaine Wilkes Tracy
Max Showalter Fred
Deborah Pollack Lumberjack

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Bruce Bell Sound Editor
Jackie Burch Casting
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
John W. Corso Production Designer
Drew Elisius Consultant/advisor
Hilton A. Green Producer
Edouard Henriques Makeup
Glenn Hoskinson Sound Editor
Jimmy Iovine Musical Direction/Supervision
Bob Johnston Sound Editor
Gary B. Kibbe Camera Operator
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Shannon Madill Stunts
Michelle Manning Associate Producer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Mark A. Peterson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Denise Schlom Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Stambler Sound Editor
Stray Cats Songwriter
Cheryl Ivy Sweendy Stunts
Ned Tanen Executive Producer
Edward Warschilka Editor
Kay H. Whipple Stunts
Michael Wilhoit Sound Editor
Mike Yuan Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sixteen Candles
1. Everybody Up! [1:38]
2. Turning Sixteen [2:44]
3. Main Titles [2:55]
4. The Test [4:23]
5. The Bus [3:30]
6. A Full House [7:41]
7. Ballroom Blitz [8:39]
8. Car Talk [9:30]
9. On the Town [2:46]
10. Party Time! [9:52]
11. Heart to Heart [:15]
12. The Buddy System [4:11]
13. Cruising [3:06]
14. The Morning After [9:02]
15. Going to the Chapel [5:20]
16. Here Comes the Bride [2:33]
17. A Dream Comes True [8:10]
18. End Titles [3:14]

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