The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 65):
16. “Sixteen Candles” (1984)
A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible
Molly Ringwald—Samantha Baker
Justin Henry—Mike Baker
Michael Schoeffing—Jack Ryan
Haviland Morris—Caroline Mulford
Gedde Watanabe—Long Duck Dong
Anthony Michael Hall—The Geek
Paul Dooley—Jim Baker
Carlin Glynn—Ginny Baker
Blanche Baker—Ginny Baker
Edward Anderson—Howard Baker
Billie Bird—Dorothy Baker
Carole Cook—Grandma Helen
Max Showalter—Grandpa Fred
Joan Cusack-Greek Girl#1
Facts about the this movie:
*Budget: $6,500,000 (estimated)
*Gross: $23,686,027 (USA)
*In the VHS version, Anthony Michael Hall is credited as "The Geek". In the TV movie and film versions, he is credited as "Farmer Ted."
*Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek".
*In late 2003, USA network announced that a made-for-TV sequel called "32 Candles" was being planned, showcasing the original characters 16 years after the original film. It was unknown at the time of the announcement whether any of the original cast would be involved with the project.
*When Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall first met, they did not get along at all. Director John Hughes took them shopping at a music store and they discovered they had similar musical tastes and eventually got along.
*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."
*According to Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong) there was a deleted scene where he sings at the dance.
*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 cake at the end of the movie is actually made of cardboard.
*There is a poster of "The Fall Guy" actress Heather Thomas on the back of Mike's bedroom door.
*Both Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were 16 years old upon release of Sixteen Candles.
*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.
*Other music posters in Samantha's house include Culture Club, Stray Cats (over her bed), and Sammy Hagar.
*The woman that Ginny Baker tries to sit next to at the wedding is Agnes Belushi, the mother of John Belushi. She is not credited.
*Other than Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos is the only actor to appear in all three of Hughes teen films that were under contract with Universal. In Weird Science he can been seen at the table in the bar. In The Breakfast Club, he serves as the janitor. In Sixteen Candles, he stars as Sam's future brother-in-law.
*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 crashing the Bar and Bat Mitzvah receptions that were being held at the hotel in Skokie, Illinois, where the cast was being housed.
*It was John Hughes first film as a Director.
Why I Picked this movie #16:
1. John Hughes for the 1980, Early 80’s at that.
2. Funny from beginning to end.
3. As always it was a great script.
4. Awesome cast.
5. Awesome that dialog that was spot on point.
6. It is a timeless movie.
7. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
8. A great big heart
9. Anthony Michael Hall being really, really funny.
10. It had Anthony Michael Hall from 1980’s.
11. It Molly Ringwald from 1980’s.
12. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
13 A lot of great young talent.
14. Has some of the most memorable quotes in film history.
15. Has some of the most memorable character in film history.
16. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
17. This is movie that started modern teen movies.
18. This was a different film for it time.
19. Haviland Morris “big, fat cans”.
First time seeing it: