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Sixteen Candles (1984)

aka Sixteen Candles

"When you're just sixteen anything can happen!"

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Details: 93 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Small Samantha Baker
Small The Geek
Small Bryce
No_movie_poster Long Doc Dong
No_movie_poster Jake Ryan
Small Jim Baker
No_movie_poster Dorothy Baker
No_movie_poster Grandma Helen
Small Grandpa Fred
No_movie_poster Mike Baker
No_movie_poster Caroline Mulford
No_movie_poster Ginny Baker
Small Robin
Small Geek Girl #1
Small Rudy
Small Reverend
Small Howard Baker
No_movie_poster Randy
No_movie_poster Tracy


Small John Hughes Director
No_movie_poster Hilton A. Green Production
No_movie_poster Ned Tanen Production
Small John Hughes Writer
No_movie_poster Edward Warschilka Editing


"When you're just sixteen anything can happen!"

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


High school sophomore Samantha "Sam" Baker struggles to get through the day on her 16th birthday, which her entire family has forgotten about because her older sister, Ginny, is getting married the next day. She is also plagued by infatuation with a popular and attractive senior, Jake Ryan. At school she fares no better when she finds out that a completed "sex quiz," which she tried to surreptitiously slip to her friend, never reached her friend and, unbeknownst to either of them, was picked up by Jake. Sam panics because the quiz contains sensitive information such as she is a virgin and saving herself for Jake.

She has a whole new set of problems when she arrives home to discover all four of her grandparents are staying at the Baker home during the wedding. Worse, one set of grandparents has brought along a bizarre foreign exchange student, Long Duk Dong. The grandparents force Sam to take him along to her school's senior dance that night and, to Sam's amazement, it takes "The Donger" only five minutes to find an unlikely girlfriend — the tall, large-breasted jock, Marlene, nicknamed "Lumberjack." They are found slow dancing in the gym.

A subplot involves a geeky freshman who tries to win a bet with his friends by continually (and unsuccessfully) trying to bed his love interest, Sam. The character is referred to on several occasions in the movie as either "Ted" or "Farmer Ted" but is credited simply as "the Geek." On the way home on the school bus, Sam blows him off by saying, "Go to hell."

In the school auto shop during the dance, Sam and Ted begin talking and Sam confesses her love for Jake. Upon hearing this, Ted 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, Ted reveals the wager to Sam, who agrees to loan him her panties to help him win.

Later (after a $1 admission peepshow of Sam's panties, which Sam finds out about the next day), Ted and his equally unwelcome geeky friends, Cliff and Bryce (John Cusack), go to the senior dance after-party. When they knock on the door, Long Duk Dong who has come to the party with his new girlfriend greets them. Ted and his gang get in but they make a big mistake by knocking over the jocks' beer can pyramid. Ted and Bryce leave it up to Cliff to deal with the jocks.

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 a scrap of paper and calls her, only to be disappointed when her grandparents pick up the phone.

Jake's 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, and Ted explains the situation. Jake makes a deal with Ted: If Ted lets Jake keep Sam's panties, Jake 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 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.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1984-05-04 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-10-10

DVD : 2003-09-02

DVD : 1998-05-06

1984-08-15 : France