Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin.
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Did you know? John Hughes told Ben Stein, who had a degree in Economics, to present an actual Economics lecture in his scenes. Hence nothing Ben Stein says (aside from the roll call) is scripted. Read More
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as Cameron Frye
as Ferris Bueller
as Sloane Peterson
as Economics Teacher
as Katie Bueller
as Bus Driver
as Grace
as Shermerite
as Ed Rooney
as Jeanie Bueller
as Chez Quis Maitre D'
as Simone Adamley
as Attendant's Co-Pilot
as Flower Deliveryman
as Tom Bueller
as Anderson
as Garage Attendant
as Adams


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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Leisure Rules
While the rest of us were just thinking about it...Ferris borrowed a Ferrari and did it...all in a day.
One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy
Filming Locations:
Wrigley Field - 1060 W. Addison St., Lake View, Chicago, Illinois, United States
L'Orangerie - 903 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States
Adams Street, The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Chicago Board of Trade - 141 W. Jackson Blvd., The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Chicago Mercantile Exchange - 30 S. Wacker Drive, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Dearborn & Adams Streets, The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, United States
El Camino Real High School - 5400 Valley Circle Road, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Glenbrook North High School - 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, Illinois, United States
Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
Sears Tower - 233 S. Wacker Drive, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Winnetka, Illinois, United States
Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
Art Institute of Chicago - 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Ben Rose Auto Museum - 370 Beach Street, Highland Park, Illinois, United States
California State University Long Beach - 1250 N. Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, California, United States
Koenig & Strey Office - 583 Chestnut Street, Winnetka, Illinois, United States
Maine North High School - 9511 Harrison Street, Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
22 West Schiller Street, Chicago, Illinois, United States
4160 Country Club Drive, Long Beach, California, United States
Butternut Lane, Northbrook, Illinois, United States
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Jeanie is speeding down the street, her mother is hollering at her but she is sitting still and appears to be perfectly calm.

Character Error
During the Economics class early in the school day, two of the bored students have watches showing the time to be approximately 6:25.

Character Error
Rooney says that the French phrase "les jeux sont faits" means "the game is up". It really means "the bets are made"; it's what a croupier calls when he spins roulette, to forbid any new bets or changes in bets.

Character Error
Ben Stein is billed as an Economics teacher, however a still frame of Ferris's schedule on Rooney's computer (when Rooney is checking Ferris' absences) shows that he doesn't take an economics class.

When Ferris is running home, his shoes change from dress shoes (saying goodbye to Sloane) to canvas tennis shoes (running down the sidewalk) to running shoes (through his neighbor's house and back yard) and back to dress shoes (confronted by Rooney at the back door).

At the end, when Ferris kicks off his shoes before jumping in the bed, he kicks off three shoes.

As Ferris sits in the Jacuzzi his hair is dry, and parted to the left. But before jumping into the pool to get Cameron, his hair is soaked.

The movie takes place in spring, yet at Cameron's dad's garage, some of the leaves on the trees are changing color, as they would in autumn. This is because it was filmed during the fall, and the leaves were hand painted green for the shot.

When Ferris and Sloane kiss goodbye, her fingernails change from short and unpolished to long and manicured.

Crew/Equipment Visible
During the Chicago fly by at the start of the movie, the helicopter taking the film is clearly seen reflected in one of the skyscrapers.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron pick up the Ferrari at the parking garage you can see the camera and its reflection in the window directly behind Ferris and Cameron.

Factual Mistake
The 6500 RPM redline is visible, but that Ferrari model did not have a redline marking.
To produce the desired drugged-out effect for his role as the drug addict in the police station, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot.

Alan Ruck was 29 years-old when he played the role of Cameron.

During the parade several of the people seen dancing (including the construction worker and the window washer) originally had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played and John Hughes found it so humorous that he told the camera operators to record it.

Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris's parents, married in real life after filming this movie.

Mia Sara says that Matthew Broderick actually tickled her feet and knees to get her to laugh naturally in the taxicab scene.

In 2010, Edie McClurg told Vanity Fair magazine that her character's hairdo should be from the 1960s, "because Grace felt she looked best in the 60s and kept her look from that era." But the women's hairdresser on the set had mainly been hired to blow out Mia Sara's long, straight hair and didn't know how to set the big, dated '60s hairstyles - so McClurg teased, set, and styled her own character's hair. Once McClurg arrived on the set, John Hughes looked at her hairstyle, and the first thing he said was, "How many pencils do you think you can fit in that hair?" They tested it with one pencil, then two and three, but the fourth one fell out--so that was the origin of Grace's first scene in the movie, in which she pulls several lost pencils out of her hair.

Even though they played siblings, stars Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey would later become engaged after this movie.

John Hughes wrote the script in six days.

Cameron's father's Ferrari wasn't a real Ferrari. Because it was too expensive to rent one, they made three fake ones, each with a fiberglass body.

The shot of Ferris playing the clarinet was done on the spot. Someone spotted the instrument as part of the set and Broderick said he could play it, which of course he couldn't.

When Ferris hacks into the school's computer to change the number of absences he had, it is a subtle reference to a scene in WarGames (1983) when "Matthew Broderick" hacks into the school's computer to change his grades.

The idea of a sequel had gone around for years with Ferris in college or on the job somewhere, but the idea was dropped. Matthew Broderick felt that the film didn't need a sequel, that this film was about a specific time and place that we'd all like to revisit and didn't need updating.

John Hughes told Ben Stein, who had a degree in Economics, to present an actual Economics lecture in his scenes. Hence nothing Ben Stein says (aside from the roll call) is scripted.

The hand that presses the speaker button on Cameron's phone belongs to John Hughes. When the crew left, Hughes took the camera and shot it himself since no one else was getting it right.

Grace the Secretary pretending to be Ed Rooney during the phone call from Cameron was improvised.

According to the Inside Story documentary, Charlie Sheen's character's name is actually Garth Volbeck. There was going to be a whole back story to his character and family. It was also revealed that the Volbeck's was the family that Ferris's mom was showing the house for sale as her job as a realtor. If you look closely, the tow truck that towed Rooney's car was from the Volbeck's Wrecking Service.

Rooney's line about leaving "my cheese in the wind" was ad-libbed. John Hughes wanted a comment that was complete nonsense.

The painting that Cameron admires is called "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", by Georges Seurat. It is still on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ferris laments not having his own car, but does at least own a synthesizer which cost $8,000 in 1984.

After working together on Weird Science (1985), John Hughes offered Bill Paxton the role of the garage attendant. But Paxton turned it down because he felt the role was too small. He admits that he regrets turning it down because Hughes never offered him a role again.

The Parade sequence (Twist and Shout scene) was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade. An annual event in the Chicagoland area.

The movie was named after John Hughes' life long friend Bert Bueller.

Polly Noonan who plays the girl that Rooney sits next to on the bus wore glasses that were specially made by the prop department. The lenses distorted her vision so much that they made her nauseous. Also, the glasses were so heavy that she had to hold her head in a certain position to keep them from falling down.

John Hughes refused to release a soundtrack album; he felt the mix of songs was too uneven and didn't flow together, and wouldn't work well as an album.