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Sixteen Candles

Released 1984
Distributor Universal

About Sixteen Candles

Former Chicago ad man John Hughes parlayed several print and script assignments for the National Lampoon into a writer/director gig on this, the first of a veritable onslaught of teen angst comedies that gave the world The Brat Pack, a group of young actors who went on to careers of varied length after hitting it big in Hughes movies. This one was written for 15 year-old Molly Ringwald, whose headshot Hughes pulled out of a pile of submissions. It hung over his typewriter as he banged out the script.

About Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin is the versatile writer/director known for writing family fare like Disney’s Underdog, Dreamwork’s MousehuntSmall Soldiers and Zoom. From his darker, grittier side Rifkin wrote and directed the cult hits The Dark BackwardDetroit Rock CityNight at the Golden Eagle, The Chase and his critically acclaimed and award winning surveillance drama Look.  Most recently Rifkin wrote and directed Reality Show,  a dark satire about the world of reality television that had its world premiere on the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Follow Adam on Twitter Adam on Facebook