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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Hughes|
|Produced by||Hilton A. Green
|Written by||John Hughes|
Anthony Michael Hall
|Music by||Ira Newborn|
|Editing by||Edward Warschillka|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||May 4, 1984|
|Running time||93 minutes|
High school sophomore Samantha "Sam" Baker struggles to get through the day of her 16th birthday, which her entire family forgets because her older sister, Ginny, is getting married the next day. She is also plagued by her ongoing infatuation with the very popular and very attractive senior, Jake Ryan. Her day at school fares no better when she finds out that her completed "sex quiz," which she surreptitiously slipped to her friend, never reached her (and, unbeknownst to either of them, was picked up by Jake Ryan himself). Sam panics as the quiz contains personal information, including the fact that she is a virgin and is saving herself for Jake.
She has a whole new set of problems when she arrives home to find that both sets of grandparents are staying at the Baker home for the duration of the wedding visit. On top of it all, one set of grandparents brings along bizarre Asian foreign exchange student, Long Duk Dong. Sam's grandparents force her to take him along to her school dance that night and, to Sam's amazement, it takes "The Donger" only five minutes to find an unlikely girlfriend — the tallish, large-breasted jock, Marlene, nicknamed "Lumberjack." It is found that they are slow dancing in the gym.
A running subplot involves a geeky freshman who continually (and unsuccessfully) tries to bed his love interest, Sam, to satisfy a bet with his friends. The character is referred to on several occasions in the movie as either "Ted" or "Farmer Ted", but he is credited solely as "the Geek." Sam knocks him off in the bus on the way home by saying, "Go to hell."
In the auto shop during the dance, Sam and Ted begin talking and Sam confesses her love for Jake. Upon hearing this, he tells her that Jake had been asking about her at the dance, and they agree that Sam should just go and talk to him. As she's leaving, he reveals the wager to Sam, who, in her excited state, agrees to loan him her panties to help him win a dozen floppy disks.
Later (after a peepshow of Sam's panties for $1 admission, which she does not find out about until the next day), Ted and his equally unwelcome geeky friends, Cliff and Bryce (John Cusack), enter the senior after-party. When Cliff asks Ted if he's panicky about going to a senior party, Ted assures his friends by saying, "We got seventy dollars and we got a pair of girl's (Sam's) underpants. We're safe as kittens, okay? This is a great social opportunity for us! Come on!" When they knock the door, Long Duk Dong who also attends the party with his new girlfriend greets them and Ted and his gangs get through the door but they make a big mistake by knocking the beer cans on the table all over. Ted and Bryce leave it all up to Cliff.
Meanwhile upstairs in Jake's bedroom, Jake takes the opportunity to look through the yearbook and finds Sam's photo. He jots down her phone-number on his scrap of paper and calls her only to be disappointed when her grandparents pick up the phone. He says, "Um..Would it be possible for you to tell me if there's Samantha Baker there and if so may I converse with her briefly?" but he is unsuccessful.
At Jake's house — during which the entire house is completely trashed. At night's end, Jake finds Ted trapped under a table and they begin to talk. Jake inquires further about Sam; Ted explains the situation. Jake makes a deal with Ted: If Ted lets Jake keep Sam's panties, then he will let Ted drive home his drunk girlfriend, Caroline Mulford, in Jake's father's Rolls Royce. Jake later uses the excuse of finding them together to break up with Caroline (who had surprisingly fallen for Ted, and thus doesn't mind the break-up very much). Afterward, Jake drives to the church just in time to meet an incredulous Sam after her sister's wedding. The movie concludes with them sharing a kiss over a birthday cake with 16 candles.
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John Hughes had asked his agent for headshots of young actresses, and among those he received was Molly Ringwald's. Inspired by it, he put it up over his desk and wrote the film just over a weekend with her specifically in mind for the lead role. For the male lead in the film, it had come down to Schoeffling and Viggo Mortensen. For the part of Ted, Hughes saw a number of actors for the role: "Every single kid who came in to read for the part... did the whole, stereotyped high school nerd thing. You know - thick glasses, ball point pens in the pocket, white socks. But when Michael came in he played it straight, like a real human being. I knew right at that moment that I'd found my geek."
Sixteen Candles was filmed primarily in and around the Chicago North Shore suburban communities of Skokie and Highland Park, Illinois during the summer of 1983, when leads Ringwald and Hall were 15 years old. Most of the exterior scenes and some of the interior scenes were filmed at Niles East High School, close to downtown Skokie, the setting for Hall's driving the Rolls Royce. A cafeteria scene and a gym scene, were filmed at Niles North High School. The auto shop scene was filmed at Niles East High School in the auto shop. The Baker house is located on the 3000 block of Payne Street in Evanston. The church and parking lot where the final scenes take place are in Glencoe.
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Genre||Rock, New Wave|
|Producer||Jimmy Iovine (16 Candles & Hang Up the Phone), Ira Newborn (Geek Boogie), John Cale (Gloria), & Alex Sadkin (If You Were Here)|
|1.||"16 Candles"||Stray Cats||2:52|
|2.||"Hang Up the Phone"||Annie Golden||2:59|
|3.||"Geek Boogie"||Ira Newborn & the Geeks||2:48|
|2.||"If You Were Here"||Thompson Twins||2:55|
The original soundtrack was released as a specially priced mini album containing only 5 songs. However, the movie actually featured an extensive selection of over 30 songs. Songs from the movie that were not included on the soundtrack EP are as follows:
Sixteen Candles was well received by critics and is considered by many as one of the best films of 1984. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 90% of critics gave it a positive rating, based on 30 reviews. Ringwald's performance was especially praised; Variety called her "engaging and credible" while Roger Ebert wrote that she "provides a perfect center for the story".
The character of Long Duk Dong was criticized for being racially insensitive and offensive to Asians and others who, in the words of Alison MacAdam of NPR, found that the character "represents one of the most offensive Asian stereotypes Hollywood ever gave America" with some complaining that they were taunted with quotes of his stilted-English lines. Ebert defended him, writing that Gedde Watanabe "elevates his role from a potentially offensive stereotype to high comedy".
Sixteen Candles was a moderate success at the box office, grossing $23,686,027.
In December 1984, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall both won Young Artist Awards as "Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture" and "Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture" for their roles in the film respectively, becoming the first and only juvenile performers in the history of the Young Artist Awards to win the Best Leading Actress and Best Leading Actor awards for the same film (a distinction the film still holds as of 2012). In July 2008, the movie was ranked number 49 on Entertainment Weekly's list of "The 50 Best High School Movies".