Sixteen Candles

Continuity mistake: When the family is getting into the car to go to the wedding one grandmother says to the other "let me in". The grandmother gets out to let the other grandmother in but the first grandmother never gets back in the car, she just pretends to. You can see her hiding behind the cars as it backs down the drive. Both grandmothers are in the car when they see Long Duk Dong on the lawn.


Continuity mistake: The guy with the red Star Trek glasses is standing behind Sam and Randy as they walk in at the beginning of the dance, and he is staring at the scoliosis girl (Joan Cusack). Then in the next shot, he is standing with the geeks on the other side of the gym. You don't see him walk away at any time during the sequence when Sam and Randy are talking. How did he get over there?

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Continuity mistake: In the opening shot of Jake's party, a girl wearing a light, multi-colored dress is sitting on the back of the sofa talking to a guy in a blue t-shirt. In the close-up of Jake, as he enters the room (with a disgusted look on his face) the girl is now sitting at the front of the sofa chatting with the prom queen, who was not there before.

Continuity mistake: When Samantha and Randy are getting on the bus, they both scan past the juvenile carnage to the back of the bus where the adolescent band is practicing. The geek is nowhere to be seen. However, when they take their seats, the geek immediately appears behind Samantha at the back of the bus leaning on a trombone case.

Continuity mistake: When Long Duk Dong comes speeding out of the parking lot after the dance, there is only one other person in the car with him and he is not wearing any sunglasses. When the shot immediately changes to a close-up through the windshield, there are now two other people (Samantha and the sexy girlfriend) in the car and The Donger is wearing sunglasses.

Continuity mistake: At the party we see Long Duk Dong and sexy girlfriend crash Grandpa's car into the front yard with a drive-in window tray attached to the driver's window. The scene prior to this was them at a drive-in restaurant eating and causing a ruckus, but this scene was cut from the final film. This is a typical continuity error when prior scenes are cut from the final film.

Character mistake: In the scene where Sam is filling out the confidential questionnaire, the word "confidential" is spelled "confidentail".

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Trivia: Molly Ringwald's real-life sister, Beth Ringwald, appears in the film as Patty Baker, the girl being carried out of the coat room just before Samantha attempted to talk to Jake.

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Question: Has Samantha's birthday ever been officially said? She says she looks the same as she did that summer and all that shows is that she doesn't have a tan left. People are still wearing tank tops, dresses, skirts, shorts, etc. throughout the movie. It appears to be early to mid September but nobody says anything in the movie. Does anybody know?

Answer: Her birthdate is not mentioned. Regarding the weather and how the locals dress, it depends on where they live. California, for instance, has a fairly warm climate much of the year, so it would not be unusual to see the people there wearing summer-type clothing in early Autumn.

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Answer: The brother is constantly wearing Chicago gear. I'd bet Chicago. You can lose your tan in one month. That's a long time to a kid back in school. Plus the dance they go to is called the New Faces dance which may be a beginning of the school year.

I did a little checking on the movie production. According to the Wikipedia entry for this film, "Sixteen Candles was filmed primarily in and around the Chicago North Shore suburban communities of Evanston, Skokie, and Highland Park, Illinois during the summer of 1983." The summers in this region are usually quite hot and humid which may account for why the cast was wearing lighter clothing throughout the film, even though it was supposedly taking place in Autumn.

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