Teen angst abounds in this classic comedy written and directed by John Hughes. Samantha Baker's (Molly Ringwald) 16th birthday should be perfect and memorable. Unfortunately, her whole family is preoccupied with her sister's impending wedding and completely forgets Samantha's big day. To add insult to injury, the school geek (Anthony Michael Hall) won't stop hitting on her, she has to bring a foreign exchange student (Gedde Watanabe) with her to the school dance, her visiting grandparents have taken over her bedroom, and she's sure that the boy of her dreams (Michael Schoeffling) doesn't know that she exists. Hughes's script captures the range of teenage emotions, from embarrassment to peer pressure to the pangs of puppy love, with humor and honesty. Hall is memorable as the Geek, and Schoeffling is perfect as the boy of Sam's dreams. A young John Cusack makes his second feature-film appearance as the geek's friend, Bryce, while sister Joan Cusack appears as Geek Girl #1. Ringwald's reign as the queen of 1980s teen flicks began with this film, which was Hughes's directorial debut and the first in his stream of successful teen films (THE BREAKFAST CLUB, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF).
Gedde Watanabe - American Actor
Zelda Rubinstein - Supporting Actress
Carlin Glynn - American Actress
Brian Doyle Murray - American Screenwriter/Actor - Brother of Bill Murray
Brian Doyle-Murray - American Screenwriter/Actor - Brother of Bill Murray
Haviland Morris - Actress/"Sixteen Candles"
Anthony Michael Hall - American Actor
Tony Longo - Supporting Actor
Joan Cusack - American actress, WORKING GIRL (1988)
Michael Schoeffling - American Supporting Actor
Elaine Wilkes - Actress/"Killer Party"
John W. Corso
John Cusack - American actor, SAY ANYTHING/GROSSE POINTE BLANK
Max Showalter - American Actor
Casey Adams - American Actor
Jonathan Chapin - American Actor
Liane Curtis - Actress/"Girlfriend..."
Justin Henry - American Actor/"Kramer...
Blanche Baker - American Actress
Paul Dooley - American actor
Hilton A. Green
John Hughes - American Director/Writer/Producer
Edmond Dantes - American Director/Writer/Producer
Carole Cook - Actress/"... Mr. Limpet"
Edward Andrews - American Actor
Jami Gertz - American actress
Molly Ringwald - American Actress
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 93
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 025195018678
- Genre: Comedy
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: September 2008
How could Samantha's life get any worse? Her annoyingly beautiful sister's going to marry a sleazy hunk, both sets of grandparents are spending the weekend in her home, and the boy of her dreams doesn't know her from Adam. But yes--things can go downhill even from there, because Samantha's preoccupied parents have managed to forget her birthday. Still, maybe something will come along to save the day... From the mad morning bus ride to school to the outrage of gym class to the tragedy of not receiving an invitation to the big dance, SIXTEEN CANDLES charmingly and realistically captures the world of a typical angst-ridden suburban teen.
Theatrical release: May 4, 1984. Filmed in and around Chicago, Illinois. Molly Ringwald's sister, Beth, appears as one of the partygoers. The filmmarked John Hughes's directorial debut. Watch for appearances by John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and Jami Gertz.
"...Cheerful and light, showcasing [Hughes's] knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent behavior..." - 05/04/1984 New York Times, p.C14
"...Ringwald is engaging and credible....A bright, funny performance by Anthony Michael Hall..." - 05/02/1984 Variety
"...With a wit and emotional range that seemed brand-new..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.37