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Sixteen Candles

Still of John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen CandlesStill of Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling in Sixteen CandlesStill of Zelda Rubinstein in Sixteen Candles


A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 7.0/10 (32,058 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

John Hughes

Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The fifteen-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 Duc Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood.


Molly Ringwald

Samantha Baker

Justin Henry

Mike Baker

Michael Schoeffling

Jake Ryan

Haviland Morris

Caroline Mulford

Gedde Watanabe

Long Duk Dong

Anthony Michael Hall

The Geek

Paul Dooley

Jim Baker

Carlin Glynn

Brenda Baker

Blanche Baker

Ginny Baker

Edward Andrews

Howard Baker

Billie Bird

Dorothy Baker

Carole Cook

Grandma Helen

Max Showalter

Grandpa Fred

Liane Curtis


John Cusack


It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime.

Release Date: 4 May 1984

Filming Locations: 1407 Waverly Road, Highland Park, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,500,000


Gross: $23,686,027

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Brother and sister John and Joan Cusack co-star in Sixteen Candles. John is Bryce, one of Anthony Michael Hall's geeky friends. Joan is the geeky girl seen on the bus, and having trouble sipping water from a drinking fountain.


Revealing mistakes:
When Ted and Carolyn are driving down the road, just after she makes the top go up and down, there is no rear view mirror. There is a bracket for one, but no mirror.


The Geek:
[noticing the car Jake puts Caroline in]
This, uh, this your car, Jake?

No, this is my dad's car. You said you couldn't drive a stick.

The Geek:
This is a motherfu – ! This is a Rolls Royce, Jake.


The Geek:
SO? So? I hear the grill ALONE costs five grand on this. Five grand! You have five grand? I don't have five grand!

Then don't hit anything.

The Geek:
Ha ha! Don't hit anything.

User Review

26 years ago…

Rating: 8/10

I am shocked to realise this hilarious film is now 26 years old! Films
from 1964 seen in 1988 looked a zillion years apart… can a 1980s
film like this one still be so new and play so fresh in 2010? Apart
from it being funnier and truly inspired I really now appreciate more
the legacy of John Hughes in his series of films that were released in
that 5 year span 1984-89. Anthony Michael Hall is rightly celebrated
and gorgeous Molly Ringwald deserves her fame in the teen hall of
Stardom. Whatever happened to Michael Schoeffling (Jake)….anyone
know? It seems incongruous that so many future stars got their start in
this film yet he seemed to go nowhere. I am also very surprised it got
a PG rating…….given the swearing and the nudity..but I guess in the
spirit of it all it was a perfect pic for anyone 12 – 112. Very clever
and very funny.