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  • The cake at the end of the movie was made of cardboard.
  • Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek".
  • Brother and sister John Cusack and Joan Cusack appeared in this movie. 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, while wearing a neck brace.
  • (Cameo) Agnes Belushi: The woman that Ginny Baker tries to sit next to at the wedding.
  • The license plate number on Jake's car "21850" was John Hughes' birth date - February 18, 1950. Coincidentally, February 18th is also Molly Ringwald's birthday (in 1968).
  • When Sam (Molly Ringwald) and her friend are in the lunch line, one of the menu selections behind the lunch lady's head reads "Canned Brownies in Light Syrup".
  • Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald initially disliked each other, so John Hughes took them to a record store and they bonded after they found out they like the same music. One of the groups they liked was The Rave-Ups which Molly scribbled on Samantha's notebook.
  • The German title of the film, "Das darf man nur als Erwachsener", translates to "One may do that only as an adult".
  • During the dance scene, John Cusack is wearing a WLS t-shirt. Although it currently has an oldies format, in 1984, WLS was a top-40 station in Chicago, Illinois.
  • One scene, which was cut from the final theatrical version, but later shown in the television version, was shot in the cafeteria at one of Niles East's two sister schools, Niles North.
  • Filmed at Niles East High School. Some of the students in the big party scene are wearing Niles East Trojans jackets and shirts. Niles East was in Skokie, Illinois. It was closed in 1980, just a few years before filming began. The original school building has since been demolished, and is now the location of Oakton Community College.
  • Samantha says that Caroline "must have flunked nine grades" because of her mature figure for a high school student. In actuality, Haviland Morris was 25 years old during filming. Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) was 24.
  • In late 2003, USA Network announced that a made-for-television sequel, to be called "32 Candles", was being planned, showcasing the original characters sixteen years after the original film. It was unknown at the time of the announcement, whether any of the original cast members would be involved with the project, but that turned out to be unimportant, since the announced new film was never made.
  • Other music posters in Samantha's house include: Culture Club, The Stray Cats (over her bed), and Sammy Hagar.
  • Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha Baker to Ally Sheedy, her future co-star in The Breakfast Club (1985).
  • There is a poster of Heather Thomas on the back of Mike's bedroom door.
  • Other than Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos was the only actor to appear in all three of John Hughes' teen films which were made under contract with Universal. In Weird Science (1985), Kapelos can been seen at the table in the bar. In The Breakfast Club (1985), Kapelos serves as the janitor. In this movie, Kapelos appeared as Sam's future brother-in-law.
  • Samantha's dad's car has the license plate "V58", which stands for "Vacation '58", a story written by John Hughes for National Lampoon Magazine, which served as the basis of the screenplay for National Lampoon's Vacation (1983).
  • When Samantha is in her room talking on the phone with her friend, a promotional poster can be seen on the wall for the rock group Squeeze and their album entitled "Singles", which was released in 1982.
  • The movie's line "Can I borrow your underpants for ten minutes?" was voted as #86 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
  • (Cameo) Dick Biondi: Chicago radio legend is heard on the radio (uncredited) in the opening bedroom scene where Molly Ringwald is looking in her mirror.
  • According to Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong), there was a deleted scene where he sings at the dance.
  • On the VHS and some DVD versions, Anthony Michael Hall is credited as "The Geek". In the television movie and film versions, he is credited as "Farmer Ted". On IMDb, he is credited as "Geek". His character's name is "Ted Farmer", but due to some teacher's habits of doing role call by calling out the students' names as they are printed out, he probably earned the nickname of "Farmer Ted" because of his name being printed out as "Farmer, Ted", and subsequently called out that way.
  • Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were both 16 years old when this movie was released.
  • The character of Long Duk Dong was supposed to be a teenager, but Gedde Watanabe, who portrayed him, was twenty-eight-years-old at the time this was filmed.
  • DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(John Hughes): [The Beatles]: Ted Farmer sings "Birthday" to Sam in the auto shop.
  • In the cafeteria scene, seen in television broadcasts, the lunch menu reads as follows (in all-uppercase changeable letters): MEATBALL SALAD - .80 SENIOR BURGER & FRIES - $1.00 CHIPPED PORK ON A BUN - .55 JUMBO FISHDOG - .75 CORNAROOS - .55 GELATIN BALLS - .30 CANNED BROWNIES IN LIGHT SYRUP - .50 VITAMIN COBBLER - FREE ICED TEA - .15 GRAPE BEVERAGE - .15 WARM MILK - .10HAVE A NICE DAY
  • In the book "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, And Their Impact on a Generation" by Susannah Gora, Molly Ringwald says that because she and Anthony Michael Hall were too young to entertain themselves at bars or nightclubs, they often spent their Saturdays off from filming Sixteen Candles (1984) crashing the Bar and Bat Mitzvah receptions that were being held at the hotel in Skokie, Illinois, where the cast was being housed.
  • Laura Dern auditioned for the role of Samantha Baker.
  • The turntable shown spinning with the pizza on top is a Denon DP-62L.
  • Viggo Mortensen auditioned for the role of Jake Ryan. Molly Ringwald told Access Hollywood: "I really wanted him. He made me weak in the knees. He really did."
  • The print above the bed in Jake's room, depicts the seventeenth century Swedish man-o-war Vasa, which sank in Stockholm harbor during its maiden voyage in 1628. She was salvaged in the 1950s, and is now displayed at the Vasa Museum.
  • Final film for Max Showalter (Grandpa Fred).
  • Samantha's room was a set built inside the high school gym, where they filmed the dance.
  • During the party, that isn't Haviland Morris' underwear. They used a body double.
  • The gym was so hot, Haviland Morris (Caroline) changed dresses between takes, due to all the sweat.
  • They didn't have enough money to air condition the gym, so it was over one hundred degrees during filming. It was so hot that Haviland Morris changed dresses between takes, due to all the sweat.
  • Of all the films Molly Ringwald made with John Hughes, she said, "I had the most fun on Sixteen Candles."
  • Gedde Watanabe says the gong sound effect wasn't included in the script: "I think the gong was something they added. Somebody must've had a few beers."
  • Michael Schoeffling was so shy during his audition, it almost cost him the job. But Producer Michelle Manning said, "He was so stunning and dreamy, that we cast him."
  • Michael Schoeffling had a serious girlfriend at the time, Valerie C. Robinson. He and Robinson later married and had two children.
  • The movie's Costume Designer begged Molly Ringwald not to wear the hat she wore in the beginning of the movie. Ringwald insisted. After the movie was released, teenage girls started wearing their hats tilted back like that.
  • The Rolls-Royce, which Jake lends to Ted, to take Caroline home, was owned by a friend of John Hughes' father.
  • This movie has gotten a great deal of criticism from some of its Asian-American viewers for its racial insensitivity, and its negative impact on their upbringings. In a 2008 National Public Radio piece titled "Long Duk Dong: Last of the Hollywood Stereotypes?", reporter Alison MacAdam interviewed Eric Nakamura, a co-founder of Giant Robot Magazine, which covers Asian and Asian American pop culture. Nakamura said, "Every single Asian dude who went to high school or junior high during the era of John Hughes' movies was called 'Donger'. I mean, if you're being called 'Long Duk Dong', you're comic relief amongst a sea of people unlike you, and you're also being portrayed as a non-(American) person. You're being portrayed as a guy who just came off a boat, and who's out of control. It's like every bad stereotype possible loaded into one character. Just the gong that, you know, appears behind them magically every time he's on the screen, gong, you know, that's awful. I mean, I feel bad for (actor Gedde Watanabe) in the end, because he's had to live with the fact that all these Asian-American men hate him." Watanabe was also interviewed for the piece, and he recounted numerous incidents in which people have publicly expressed their anger at him for playing a role that so widely disseminated negative stereotypes of Asian men.
  • John Hughes' directorial debut.
  • Considered to be one of fifteen films that changed American cinema.
  • At the beginning of the film, Molly Ringwald is filling out a questionnaire. On top, the word "Confidential" can be seen misspelled. The "I" and the "A", at the end of the word, are in the wrong order.
  • Interesting parallels with another Cusack related movie: John Cusack and Joan Cusack were in this and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). Danny Elfman, leader of Oingo Boingo, which is on the soundtrack of this film, and uncle of Bodhi Elfman, whose wife, Jenna Elfman, wore a neck brace in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) at the dance scene, as Joan's character wore the neck brace in this film.
  • John Hughes cast Molly Ringwald after seeing her headshot. Inspired by Ringwald's appearance, he put it up over his desk and wrote the film just over a weekend, with her specifically in mind for the lead role.
  • The original soundtrack was released as a specially priced mini-album containing only five songs. However, the movie actually featured an extensive selection of over thirty songs.
  • John Hughes wrote the role of Ted Farmer especially for Anthony Michael Hall, having worked with him on Vacation (1983).
  • John Cusack and Joan Cusack's roles were essentially consolation prizes. They were prominently cast in The Breakfast Club (1985), with John cast as Bender, and Joan set to play Allison. But Universal thought that John Hughes' script for this film was more commercial, and therefore should be made first.
  • Molly Ringwald got to decorate Samantha's bedroom with items from her own dwelling.
  • In the initial script, Sam's father ends his heart-to-heart with his daughter by asking what happened to her underwear (which she gave to Ted Farmer). Molly Ringwald's mother pointed out that it was weird for a girl's father to ask that. John Hughes agreed that it was creepy, and changed the line.
  • Carlin Glynn (Brenda) confronted John Hughes about the fact that the script didn't call for her to apologize for forgetting her daughter's birthday, despite the fact that her character was described as a good and attentive mother. Hughes agreed, and added the scene where Brenda tearfully apologizes to Samantha (Molly Ringwald).
  • The Long Duk Dong character is suspiciously similar to another character in a story John Hughes wrote for National Lampoon Magazine, titled "Christmas '59". The story, which seemingly also formed the storyline for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), has "Grandma and Grandpa Swenson" visiting for Christmas, with exchange student "Xgung Wo" along for the ride. Echoing the racial stereotyping in this film, Xgung Wo mispronounces English phrases to comic effect.
  • Haviland Morris is actually a natural redhead. John Hughes only wanted one redhead in the movie, therefore she had to wear a wig.
  • Haviland Morris didn't want to do the shower scene, because the point was that she had bigger breasts than Sam and Randy, which she didn't. So they had a body double for her.
  • The song playing in the background, while Rudy's father explains his "business activities" to the Bakers, is the Love Theme from The Godfather (1972).
  • Features Adam Rifkin in a small role.
  • The same moving shot of the exterior of the high school, was used for the beginning of this movie, as well as the end of Weird Science (1985). The same people can be seen making the same movements in both movies.
  • John Hughes wrote the movie specifically for Molly Ringwald after seeing her at another casting, believing that she was the perfect representation of an American teenager.
  • In an article published in Salon, Amy Benfer considers whether the film directly condones date rape. After the party scene, Jake tells Ted that his girlfriend Caroline is "in the bedroom right now, passed out cold. I could violate her ten different ways if I wanted to." He encourages Ted to drive her home saying "she's so blitzed she won't know the difference." When Caroline and Ted wake up next to each other in the car, Caroline says she's fairly certain they had sex though neither of them remember it. Amy Benfer writes "The scene only works because people were stupid about date rape at the time. Even in a randy teen comedy, you would never see two sympathetic male characters conspiring to take advantage of a drunk chick these days."
  • In Easy A (2010), Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) mentioned she would like a guy to wait her outside the church, "like in Sixteen Candles".
  • Molly Ringwald was interested in doing a sequel. After rejecting various pitches through the years, Ringwald said, in 2005, that she read a "32 Candles" script that she liked, and had an interest in starring. 32 is 16 doubled.
  • Jake's father's 1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche Series I, is worth more than sixty-six thousand dollars today.
  • When Ginny, Sam's sister, sits down in the church scene, she does so next to Agnes Belushi, mother of John Belushi and Jim Belushi. The Reverend is played by Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill Murrays older brother.
  • Long Duk Dong was played by Gedde Watanabe, a twenty-eight-year-old, Utah-born actor, who only spoke English.
  • Gedde Watanabe's accent isn't real. When he went to audition for the role of Long Duk Dong, he borrowed the accent from his South Korean friend.
  • The gong noise was added in post-production.
  • Many Asian-American groups thought that Watanabe's portrayal of Long Duk Dong was racist.
  • Viggo Mortensen almost got the role of Jake Ryan.
  • The cake that Jake Ryan and Samantha kiss over was made out of cardboard. When they tried shooting the scene with a real cake, it would melt over the long takes.
  • There are some cut scenes where Long Duk Dong and his Sexy Girlfriend go to a drive-in restaurant and cause a bit of trouble. These scenes were later cut, but it explains why there is a tray on the side of grandpa's car.
  • In its opening weekend, the film grossed 4,461,520 dollars in one thousand two hundred forty theaters in the U.S. and Canada, ranking second. By the end of its run, it grossed 23,686,027 dollars against a budget of 6.5 million dollars.
  • The Bakers six-bedroom brick house, in northwestern Evanston, Illinois, was sold for $1,250,000 in 2006.
  • Laura Dern and Robin Wright auditioned for the role of Samantha Baker.
  • Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald initially disliked each other, but they bonded after they found out they like the same music. One of the groups they liked was The Rave-Ups which Molly scribbled on Samantha's notebook.
  • After the film's success, the houses have become tourist attractions.
  • The cafeteria scene is only included in the televised broadcasts, and was never in the theatrical version, nor on the VHS or DVD versions.
  • John Hughes wrote the role of Samantha Baker with Molly Ringwald in mind. After he received a headshot of her, it inspired him to write the movie.
  • Hughes wrote the film over a weekend.
  • John Hughes' directorial debut.
  • When she was asked about casting Viggo Mortensen in the role of Jake Ryan, Molly Ringwald told Access Hollywood: "I really wanted (Viggo Mortensen). He made me weak in the knees. He really did."
  • Michael Schoeffling was twenty-three-years-old when the movie was made, Haviland Morris was twenty-four, Gedde Watanabe was twenty-eight' and Molly Ringwald' and Anthony Michael Hall were both sixteen.
  • The dress that Sam wears to the school dance was supposed to be worn by Liane Curtis (who played Randy). But when Molly Ringwald saw it, she asked to wear it.
  • The license plate number on Jake's car "21850" was John Hughes' birth date - February 18, 1950. February 18th is also Molly Ringwald's birthday.
  • Jimmy Iovine, the future cofounder and head of Interscope Records, was the movie's Music Supervisor.
  • This was the second movie, in which Joan Cusack and John Cusack appeared together. The first being Class (1983).
  • Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall dated briefly in real-life. The two dated between this movie and The Breakfast Club (1985).
  • The film was a modest hit during its theatrical run (it opened second, behind Breakin' (1984)). The film became a huge hit when it was released on VHS.
  • Other music posters in Samantha's house include: Culture Club, The Stray Cats (over her bed), and Sammy Hagar.
  • According to Gedde Watanabe, there was a deleted scene where he sings at the dance.
  • Niles East High School, the school where the movie was filmed, is now part of Oakton Community College, and has been compeletly remodelled.
  • Filmed at Niles East High School. Some of the students in the big party scene are wearing Niles East Trojans jackets and shirts. Niles East is in Skokie, Illinois, and was closed for over ten years when the filming started.
  • Molly Ringwald's real-life sister, Beth Ringwald, appears in the film as Patty Baker. Similarly, in The Breakfast Club, Anthony Michael Hall's mother, Mercedes Hall, and his little sister, appear as his mother and sister in the movie.
  • John Hughes wrote this script in two days.
  • John Hughes cast Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and John Kapelos in The Breakfast Club (1985).
  • When eating dinner with the family, Long Duk Dong is using the ends of a spoon and a fork as chopsticks.
  • On September 18, 2016, when television Writer Alan Yang won an Emmy for Master of None (2015), he bemoaned the historical dearth and negativity of Asian-American representation on television and in movies, and in his acceptance speech, he specifically named "Long Duk Dong" as a low point in that history: "There's seventeen million Asian-Americans in this country, and seventeen million Italian-Americans. They have The Godfather (1972), Goodfellas (1990), Rocky (1976), and The Sopranos (1999). We've got Long Duk Dong. So we have a long way to go. But I know we can get there, I believe in us, it's just gonna take a lot of hard work."
  • Throughout the movie, various members of the Baker family and other characters derisively call Ginny's fiancé an "oily bohunk". "Bohunk" is a disparaging slur against immigrants from Eastern Europe, especially Hungary. It was especially common in the American Midwest, where many such immigrants and their descendants settled after arriving in the United States. John Hughes grew up in Michigan and Illinois, and set most of his movies (including this one) in the suburbs around Chicago.
  • Haviland Morris was born in 1959. When this movie was released in 1984, she was twenty-five-years-old. When Samantha is looking at her in the shower, she says, "I swear, Caroline Mulford must have flunked about nine grades." Since Caroline Mulford is supposed to be about seventeen-years-old in the movie, but was actually twenty-five, she was about eight years older than her character. So her "flunking about nine grades" is pretty accurate, based on Haviland's real age.
  • When Sam sees her grandparents for the first time, the theme song from The Twilight Zone (1959) is playing. Her grandfathers, played by Edward Andrews and Max Showalter, starred separately in two different episodes.
  • Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall appeared in the 1985-1986 season of Saturday Night Live (1975). Robert Downey Jr. was on that season too, but none of them made the cut for the next season.
  • When Ted is walking up the aisle of the bus to sit next to Samantha, the theme from Dragnet (1951) plays.
  • At the end of the movie Central Intelligence (2016) Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson dressed as Jake Ryan to pick up Kevin Hart for his first day of work.
  • Based on his performance as another father character in Breaking Away, Paul Dooley was offered his role in this film but turned it down as he felt the character was just a stock Dad character without much development. Dooley said it's typical if you turn down a role, you get offered more money but turned it down again, due to the character's development. John Hughes called Dooley personally and told him that he wrote a scene with Dooley and Ringwald's character, which became an iconic moment in the film. Dooley said later on, he'd have viewers come to him and tell him that they wished he were their father, based on the scene.
  • The cake in this movie is made of cardboard.
  • There was a scene in both The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles where the Anthony Michael Hall character confesses he is a virgin.
  • There was a scene in both The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles where the Anthony Michael Hall character confesses he is a virgin. There is also a scene in Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles where the Molly Ringwald character admits she's a virgin. Ironically; these two; who were frenemies in both movies; would wind up dating each other during the production of Breakfast Club.
  • During the scene at the dinner table, many of the younger cast members can be seen trying to hold back laughter or smiles. This was due to the fact that while filming, Gedde Watanabe was doing things off-camera while reading his lines. According to Molly Ringwald, one of the things Gedde did was stick grapes up his nostrils.
  • Molly Ringwald and writer-director John Hughes share the same birthday, 18th February.
  • The actors who played Samantha's two grandfathers both played the original father characters in two classic sitcoms before both roles were re-cast. Max Showalter (as Casey Adams) was Ward Cleaver in the first pilot episode for Leave It To Beaver, and Edward Andrews was first George Baxter in the original pilot for Hazel.
  • A number of interior/exterior shots involving the high school (in real life, Niles East, Skokie, Il) were also used in Risky Business (1983) which included interior scenes in the school's hallways, a classroom, the wrestling workout area, plus its main outdoor stairway entrance; the same one Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) uses during his nightmare of being late to school to take an exam.
  • In "Sixteen Candles", "The Breakfast Club" and "Weird Science" the Anthony Michael Hall character reveals that he is a virgin.
  • Writer/Director John Hughes, plus actors John Cusack and John Kapelos all have the same first names.
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
  • During this period, the early and mid eighties, when John Hughes was at the height of his powers, Hughes, Hall and Ringwald were essentially in a clique together (strange as that was, since Hall and Ringwald were teenagers, and Hughes was in his 30s). Hughes clearly wanted to be a teenager again, and maybe was reliving this through Hall and Ringwald. And Hall and Ringwald genuinely liked him, he was like their crazy, funny older brother, who also happened to be a Hollywood power player who had vaunted them both to the top of the A-List. So for a year or two, 1984-1985, during the filming of Sixteen Candles , Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Weird Science, the three of them would hang out, go to restaurants and clubs and concerts and were friends. All of this ended after Breakfast Club, when Hall rejected Hughes for the Duckie role in Pretty in Pink, and then Ringwald rejected Hughes' pitch for them to be in Ferris Bueller and Some Kind of Wonderful, (which were originally going to star Ringwald and Hall just like Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.) In fact, this might have very well gone on forever if Hall and Ringwald hadn't put a stop to it. And at that point the terrible trio broke up, and infact they rarely if ever spoke to Hughes much again after that. Hughes stopped making teen movies and started making kids movies, Uncle Buck, and the incredibly successful Home Alone, which at that point was the most successful comedy ever made. But many felt the magic was gone, that without his teen muses Hall and Ringwald, and without the comfort of the genre he created, Hughes' spirit and creativity sort of died, and the movies he made after were never quite the same. Both Hall and Ringwald, as well as others, have spoken extensively about this in interviews.
  • John Kapelos, Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald were all in Sixteen Candles in 1984, and then Breakfast Club in 1985.. Later that year Anthony Michael Hall and John Kapelos appeared in Weird Science together. Hughes liked working with his stock company of young muses, Kapelos, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall; etc. He had already worked with Anthony Michael Hall; since he was the screenwriter for Vacation the year before Hughes was planning for Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald and him to team up again in both Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller, and have the three of them keep making movies like that, almost like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland made all those Andy Hardy teen pictures back in the 40s, one after the other, playing different characters and in different movies and with the same actors. But Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall had other plans. While Molly did appear in Pretty in Pink, Anthony said no to the Duckie role. He said this was due to a "redundancy issue"; that it was too much like the love triangle where they squared off in Sixteen Candles. Reportedly John Hughes was hurt and never got over the grudge. He refocused on Molly, hoping she would star in Ferris Bueller and Some Kind of Wonderful, which again were teens caught in a love triangle type movies, but at this point, after appearing on the cover of Time, Molly wanted to spread her wings and try other projects. Ringwald's and Hall's rejection of Hughes at this point hurt him deeply, and in fact led to end of his whole John Hughes teen movie genre. Without his muses to inspire him, Hughes lost interest in the genre, and stopped making those movies; and in effect the genre he had invented died at that point. In an op-ed piece Molly wrote after John Hughes died many years later, she compared this to Michael and Wendy Darling leaving Neverland, and Peter Pan shutting down Neverland out of spite forever as a result. She said Hughes held a grudge against them for rejecting him, and effectively stopped making teen movies all together. He also never really spoke to either one of them again either, up until the time he died, and never collaborated in any other films. The John Hughes teen movie was dead.
  • Everyone thinks Molly Ringwald was Hughes' favorite young actor. But of all of Hughes' muses; and all the young actors he worked with; he worked with Anthony Michael Hall the most. He worked with him in Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club and Weird Science. #2 would be Molly with SIxteen Candles, Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Mccaulley Culkin was actually tied for #2; as he was in Uncle Buck; Home Alone and Home Alone 2.
  • Molly Ringwald appeared in Sixteen Candles with her sister Beth Ringwald; who played her sister in that movie. Similarly Anthony Michael Hall appears with his sister and mother in the Breakfast Club; Mary Christian and Mercedes, who, respectively play his mean sister and mother who are chastising him in the car before he goes to detention.
  • In an article in the New Yorker Molly Ringwald confronted co-star Haviland Morris, who played Caroline Moffett in the movie; about the rape scene of Caroline in the movie. In the film, Jake (Michael Schoeffling) orchestrates a scenario in which Farmer Ted-AKA the Geek (Anthony Michael Hall) can bed Caroline, who is Jake's girlfriend. It's unsettling now to watch as Caroline is too drunk to give any consent; and she also is convinced that Ted is Jake by the other boys; so she is deceived into to the act. While the scene had the flavor of high farce in 1984; now, in the era of Me Too; it stinks of Date rape. (Made all the more odious since there's underage characters-and actors-involved!) In the New Yorker article Ringwald talked to Morris about her feelings of what happens to Caroline. Morris seemed to think part of the blame is Caroline's for drinking so much and acting so irresponsibly in the first place: "I'm not saying it's OK to then be raped or to have non-consensual sex. But...that's not a one way street. Here's a girl who gets herself so bombed that she doesn't even know what's going on." Ringwald pressed Morris as to whether acting irresponsibly opens the door for rape. She then related to Morris a story about her own near date rape experience. Morris thought about it and then said the following: "The more I think of this evening, oddly, the less comfortable I am with (the scene). Jake was disgusted with (Caroline) and said he could violate her 17 different ways if he wanted to because she was so trashed; but he didn't. And then, Ted was the one who had to ask if they had sex (the next day when they woke up); which certainly doesn't demonstrate responsible behavior from either party; but also doesn't really spell date rape. On the other hand, she was basically traded for a pair of underwear...Ah, John Hughes". It should be noted that John Hughes came from the National Lampoon stable of writers. National Lampoon produced a movie a few years earlier, (Animal House, 1978), that featured a scene where a character named Pinto, played by Tom Hulce; considers raping a girl who has passed out. Later Pinto has sex with that girl after he learns she is 13 years old! Again all of this plays into the early 1980s rape culture that pervades throughout the movie.
  • Blanche Baker played Ginny Baker in Sixteen Candles, Samantha Baker (AKA Molly Ringwald)'s sister who winds up getting very smashed at her wedding, causing mayhem and craziness for the whole family. Blanche Baker (born December 20, 1956) is an American actress and filmmaker. She's the daughter of famous actress Carol Baker; an actress who was often compared to Marylin Monroe, and starred in many movies in the 1950s and 1960s like How The West Was Won, Baby Doll and Giant. Before she starred as Samantha's snotty sister Ginny in Sixteen Candles, Blanche Baker won a Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the television mini-series Holocaust in 1978, playing alongside such heavy weights as Meryl Streep and Joseph Bottoms.
  • Molly Ringwald's hair is brown in this movie; not red like it is in Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink.
  • Haviland Morris, after playing Caroline Moffett in this movie, would go along to play Karen Pruitt in Home Alone 3, mother of the her Alex Pruitt. She also played mother to Molly Pruitt, played by Scarlett Johansen.
  • The girl lead's name in this movie is Baker. (Samantha Baker). The boy's lead name in this movie is Farmer. (Ted Farmer, or "Farmer Ted" as he is nicknamed in the movie).
  • Jonathan Chapin plays Jimmy Montrose, a friend of Sam and Randi's that meets them at the dance. Montrose is a popular street in Chicago, where John Hughes is from.
  • At the time of the release of Sixteen Candles Roger Ebert defended Gedde Watanabe's performance as Long Duk Dong, writing that Gedde Watanabe "elevates his role from a potentially offensive stereotype to high comedy". But since then many people have put this in this same category as Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • Gede Watanabe followed up Sixteen Candles with many film and TV roles. He is perhaps best known for voicing the character of Ling in the 1998 animated film Mulan and its 2004 sequel, Mulan II as well as playing Long Duk Dong in the 1984 film Sixteen Candles; and also for starring in Ron Howard's 1986 comedy "Gung Ho" with Michael Keaton.
  • The song playing in the background of the dance, is an instrumental-version of the song 'Our House', by the band Madness, which was released in 1982.
  • Jake's car is a, 1983 Porsche 944 Automatic.
  • Haviland Morris, who played Carolyn, didn't want to do the full nude shower scene. Not because she was against being naked, but because the point was that her character had bigger breasts than the other girls in the movie, but Morris' breasts weren't bigger. So they used a body double who was more endowed for in that scene.
  • The studio had to frantically edit out f-bombs to avoid an R rating. But underage binge drinking and a teen (also underage) gurl's nude shower scene remained.
  • Chicago sibling actors John and Joan Cusack appear in this together; as well as Say Anything and Broadcast News. Say Anything is the only movie where they play siblings.
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