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Sixteen Candles Details


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. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:May 4, 1984


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


John Hughes
Hilton A. Green
John Hughes
Bobby Byrne
Jimmy Iovine
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ira Newborn
Composer (Music Score)
Stray Cats
Edward Warschilka
Michelle Manning
Associate Producer
Ned Tanen
Executive Producer
Jennifer Polito
Set Designer
Mark A. Peterson
Costume Designer
Newt Arnold
First Assistant Director
Drew Elisius
Gary B. Kibbe
Camera Operator
Rick LeFevour
Shannon Madill
Mike Yuan
Jackie Burch
Yolanda Toussieng
Hair Styles
Billy Higgins
Location Manager
Elliot Tyson
Re-Recording Mixer
Glenn Hoskinson
Sound Editor
Eric Engler
First Assistant Camera
Sandy King
Script Supervisor
Gary Priest
Assistant Sound Editor
Wayne Fitzgerald
Title Design
Daniel Franklin
Unit Production Manager
Bruce Stambler
Sound Editor
Rick Borchardt
Key Grip
James Giovannetti, Jr.
Second Assistant Director
Donah Bassett
Negative Cutter
Scott James Wallace
First Assistant Editor
Jack Gosden
ADR Editor
Charles Hirschhorn
Production Assistant
Michael Wilhoit
Sound Editor
John Stacy
Supervising Sound Editor
Rick Kline
Re-Recording Mixer