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The '80s was a time filled rock and roll, leg warmers, and the Brat Pack. A life filled with writing, producing, and directing, John Hughes was a jack of all trades. With popular films like the Home Alone film series and 101 Dalmatians, we're celebrating his popular '80s classic, Sixteen Candles.
With an impressive resume of '80s films like The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and Pretty in Pink, John Hughes was a fan of the Brat Pack, a group of actors and actresses who filled the screens during the decade. And right at the center of 3 of 4 films and the lead in Sixteen Candles is the one and only, Molly Ringwald.
Molly Ringwald stars as Samantha Baker, but you already knew that, hopefully. The film follows a young girl whose entire family forgets her 16th birthday, but have you forgotten the film? Which Breakfast Club actor also stars in Sixteen Candles? What piece of clothing did Sam give to Ted? What's the name of her crush?
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Sixteen candles was released on May 4, 1984 and grossed more than $23 million at the box office!
Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy who would later co-star with her in The Breakfast Club in 1985!
Jim Carrey actually auditioned for the role of Ted the Geek, but Michael Anthony Hall landed the part.
One of the most romantic scenes of the movie, Jake is waiting for Sam outside of the church learning against his red car. The license plate reads "21850" which is Director John Hughes' birthday - February 18, 1950!
The line, "Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?" was voted as #86 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premier in 2007.
The cake used in this scene was really made out of cardboard.
Many of Gedde Watanabe's acting roles parody East Asians with heavy accents, though he was really born in Utah and does not speak Japanese himself!
Ginny is played by actress Blanche Baker who in more recent times acted alongside Molly Ringwald again in 2014 American coming-of-age film titled Wishin' and Hopin'.
When Ted approaches Samantha at the school dance, she introduces him to her friends as Farmer Fred. He corrects her and says "Ted," to which she corrects herself, "Oh, I'm sorry, this is Farmer Ted."
Long Duk Dong meets Marlene at the school dance and buries his face in her chest while they dance together. Later they find a good use for an exercise bike at the after party!
Jake sees Ted's eye blink after he picks up a beer can from the glass table top, only to discover that Ted is fully trapped under the table.
The grandparents are convinced that whoever is calling that late in the evening is looking for one thing... sex!
"Very clever dinner. Appetizing food fit neatly into interesting round pie."
Howard asks Long Duk Dong where his car is, but Long is completely drunk and laughing hysterically at the tone of Howards voice. He impersonates the crashing sound what happened to the car!
Jake let's Ted borrow his dad's Rolls Royce to drive his girlfriend Caroline home. Caroline is played by actress Haviland Morris.
The Thompson Twins recorded and released the album Quick Step and Side Kick in 1983. "If You Were Here" was 2nd track on Side 2 of the tape!
The quiz also reveals that Sam is saving herself for Jake, and she becomes utterly embarrassed!
After her grandparents force Sam to take him along to her school dance, Sam is totally annoyed and amazed that it takes The Donger only 5 minutes to find a girlfriend!
Ted the Geek corners Sam into her seat on the bus and tries really hard to chat with her but she is not interested one bit! "Life is not whatnot, and it's none of your business!"
Viggo Mortensen also auditioned for the role of Jake Ryan!
Jim Baker was played by actor Paul Dooley, born February 22, 1928 and is still acting to this day!
During filming, the gym was over 100 degrees because they didn't have enough money to air condition the space!
It is said that Haviland Morris needed to change her dress in between scenes because she was so sweaty from the 100 degree heat!
Robin was played by actress Jami Gertz who is best known for her roles in Twister (1996), Still Standing (2002) and The Lost Boys (1987).
When they are finally alone at the end of the movie, Sam thanks Jake for getting her 'undies' back. Jake wishes her a happy birthday and to make a wish, she said it already came true!
"...you're really acting like... an a**hole. And I think I know what it is. I think, you're jealous that I'm getting married and that I'm getting all the attention." This infuriates Sam even more and she storms out of the room!
Ted the Geek asks Jake how big his dad is because he is about to drive away with Caroline in Jake's dad's Rolls Royce and doesn't want to get hurt by him if he ruins the car!
The next morning Caroline is awake and sober in the Rolls Royce trying to wake up Ted who is sleeping with his headgear on!
John Hughes saw Molly Ringwald's headshot and was so inspired that he wrote Sixteen Candles over the course of one weekend. He wrote the part of Ted with Anthony Michael Hall in mind having just worked with him in National Lampoon's Vacation in 1983.
Robin tells Samantha the her littler brother paid $1 to see her underpants at the school dance.
Grandma Helen actually reaches out and cups Samantha's chest and says "Oh, and they are so perky!!" Samantha is horrified and can't believe she got felt up by her grandmother.
In December 1984, both Ringwald and Hall won Young Artist Awards for "Best Young Actress/Actor in a Motion Picture for their roles in Sixteen Candles!
Jake hides away from his own house party in his bedroom where he looks through his yearbook and finds Sam's photo and writes her number down on a scrap of paper.
Ted's geeky sidekicks were played by Darren Harris as Cliff, and John Cusack as Bryce.
Both Joan and her brother John Cusack had roles in Sixteen Candles!