Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes and produced by Hilton A. Green, Michelle Manning and Ned Tanen. The screenplay was written by John Hughes.
Rated: PG (movie contains language and brief nudity)
Run Time: 1h 33min
Release Date: May 4, 1984 (USA)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: John Hughes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Budget: $6.5 Million
Box Office: $23.7 Million
Sixteen Candles stars Molly Ringwald, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling, Haviland Morris, Gedde Watanabe, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Carlin Glynn, Blanche Baker, John Cusack, Brian Doyle Murray, Jami Gertz, Frank Howard, Edward Andrews, Billie Bird, Carole Cook, Max Showalter, Zelda Robinstein and Joan Cusack.
Sixteen Candles is a coming of age story about an awkward high school sophomore named Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) whose sweet 16th birthday is anything but. Her parents forget her birthday, her high school crush doesn’t know she’s alive and she suffers every humiliation possible through the course of one day.
Her sister’s getting married and with all of the excitement, the rest of her family forgets her birthday. Meanwhile, at school, Samantha pines for Jake (Michael Schoeffling), the most popular boy in school while constantly having to rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the nerdiest boy in school but the only boy who seems interested in her.
Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe) and an awkward high school dance where Jake is with his girlfriend and Samantha’s life seems to be going downhill fast.
“This is Farmer Fred.” – Samantha Baker
“Ted.” – Geek
“Oh, I’m sorry, Farmer Ted.” – Samantha Baker
“I’m not really a farmer. I’m a freshman.” – Geek
“No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food!” – Long Duk Dong
“I want a serious girlfriend. Someone I can love, that’s gonna love me back. Is that psycho?” – Jake
“That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call ’em something else.” – Jim Baker
Official Movie Trailer
Molly Ringwald as Samantha Baker
Justin Henry as Mike Baker
Michael Schoeffling as Jake
Haviland Morris as Caroline
Gedde Watanabe as Long Duk Dong
Anthony Michael Hall as Geek
Paul Dooley as Jim Baker
Carlin Glynn as Brenda Baker
Blanche Baker as Ginny Baker
John Cusack as Bryce
Brian Doyle Murray as Reverend
Jami Gertz as Robin
Frank Howard as Freshman
Edward Andrews as Howard
Billie Bird as Dorothy
Carole Cook as Helen
Max Schoewalter as Fred
Zelda Rubinstein as Organist
Joan Cusack as Geek Girl #1