Sixteen Candles Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Sixteen Candles

AKA: 16 Candles
Sixteen Candles Picture
"The Geek" and his crew


Go behind the scenes on the 1984 Teen Drama movie starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall More Cast

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Thanks to Laci
The girl who plays Caroline, Haviland Morris, is actually a natural redhead. John Hughes only wanted one redhead in the movie, therefore the girl had to wear a wig.
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Jim Carrey allegedly auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek."
Thanks to Abbie
During the filming for sixteen candles, Anthony Michael Hall had a crush on Molly Ringwald.
Thanks to Justin Varda
Originally when Molly Ringwald and Anthony Micheal Hall met on the set they did not get along at all. John feared there would be no chemistry on-screen so he decided to take both of them to a music store and later found out they both loved the same music. They got along great after learning they had something in common.
Thanks to G. Corbitt
In the scene at the end with Jake and Sam sitting on the dining room table with the birthday cake lit, it wasn't actually a cake at all but a cardboard box made to look like a cake.
Haviland Morris (Carolyn) and Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong) are both seasoned theater actors. So were the actors portraying the grandparents.
Thanks to Katherine
In the shower scene, Haviland Morris didn't want to do it because the point was that she had bigger breasts than the girls in the movie, Sam and Randy, which she didn't. So they had a body double for her in the shower scene.

She is also a natural redhead, but since there was already a redhead in the film she wore a blonde wig in the film.

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Deleted Scenes

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Thanks to pork pie mcfly
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 where later cut, but it explains why there is a tray on the side of grandpa's car.
Thanks to Elisa
I have seen screen caps of Long Duck Dong with the DJ at the school dance and break dancers. I had always wondered if it was an actual scene or just promo pics?

Michael Varn added to this: John Hughes really had his finger on the pulse of just about everything to do with teenagers and popular culture in the 1980's. The role of the breakdancers (seen in the background in their red Adidas suits) stuck out as something John Hughes may have overlooked. If 'Sixteen Candles' had began filming just a few months later, the breakdancers in the film most assuredly would have an expanded role, probably at the dance. It was just a question of timing. When principal photography began, Break Dancing had not yet hit it's peak in popularity.

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Alternate Versions

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Thanks to John H
In the original movie on the big screen, grandma kicks Long Duk Dong in the crotch after he tells her that their car is in a "lake, big lake".
Thanks to Lindsey Wells
There is a scene that is in the t.v. version, but not in the video. It's the scene after jake grabs the sex test in independent study. The deleted scene takes place in the cafeteria and shows Samantha talking with her friend in the lunch line. Then, when walking through the cafeteria, she sees Jake smiling at her after he has read the quiz. she freaks out, spills her coke and runs out.
Thanks to Matt W.
In the scene where Samantha and Jake are in the gym, an up-beat song is playing. However, in the DVD version, the song "True" by Spandau Ballet is playing in that scene!
Thanks to Kim
There is a deleted scene showing Jake reading Samantha's "sex" quiz that appears in the TV version but not in the actual movie!!
Thanks to Chanel
In the network TV version of the film there is a short scene of Sam and her friend getting lunch. When she walks out into the cafateria she notices Jake sitting down and tosses her lunch tray into her friends arms saying "I don't want him to know that I eat!" and storms out of the cafateria.
Thanks to Caligirl34
If you watch this movie on the regular TV channels there is an extra part that you don't see on the DVD. First it shows Jake Ryan sitting in the Cafeteria reading "The Confidential" Sex Ed Questionnaire. When he's done reading it, he folds it up and puts it in his pocket. Then it shows a Cafeteria lady handing Samantha and her friend a hamburger in the lunch line and they start talking about the hamburger and if the carrots are really increasing the size of her breasts. In the next scene Samantha and her friend walk into the Cafeteria and Samantha sees Jake talking to someone and she drops her tray on top of her friends tray and she says to her "Jake's here, I don't want him to know that I eat" and then walks away.

Footnote: Colleen kindly wrote in to add that the word 'Confidential' on the Sex Ed Questionnaire is mispelled. In the movie, it is spelled "Confidentail".

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