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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Storyline

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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Turning sixteen isn't easy, when you've fallen in love...for the first time. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was a modest hit during its theatrical run (it opened second, behind Breakin' (1984)). The film became a huge hit when it was released on VHS. See more »

Goofs

In the night scenes with the Rolls-Royce, Caroline's hair has not been cut yet. The same is also true when she is talking to Jake in the church parking lot near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[Long Duk Dong is dancing with Lumberjack, his head is on her ample chest]
Lumberjack: So... What's your name?
Long Duk Dong: Dong.
Lumberjack: What's your first name?
Long Duk Dong: Long.
Lumberjack: What's your middle name?
Long Duk Dong: Duk.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Quest (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Anthony Michael Hall
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Pleasantly Surprised
29 July 2018 | by cripdonovanSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying I would of probably never watched this movie but we have no cable right now. With that being said, my mom brought over her vhs collection and we've just been putting in each movie in the stack. I grew up in the 80's but I always assumed it was just a chick flick. Put in the vhs tape not expecting much but caught myself laughing at several parts. All of the characters are likable and each brings their own qualities to the film. All I can say is I'm pleasantly surprised. I liked it, not going to lie :)


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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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