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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 June 1986 (USA)
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

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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. Written by garykmcd

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,275,647, 15 June 1986

Gross USA:

$70,136,369
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The speedometer shown while Ferris is starting the car in the parking garage is not the same speedometer shown at other times (e.g. when the attendants are flying through the air). See more »

Quotes

[On the phone]
Ed Rooney: Are you also aware, Mrs. Bueller, that Ferris does not have what we consider to be an exemplary attendance record?
Katie Bueller: I don't understand.
Ed Rooney: He has missed an unacceptable number of school days. In the opinion of this educator, Ferris is not taking his academic growth seriously. Now I've spent my morning examining his records. If Ferris thinks that he can just coast through this month and still graduate, he is sorely mistaken. I have no reservations whatsoever about holding him back ...
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Crazy Credits

Polly Noonan ('Girl On Bus' with the the Gummi Bears) has her name appear in the closing credits of the movie BEFORE she appears in the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Greek: Camp Buy Me Love (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Edge Of Forever
Written by Nick Laird-Clowes and Gilbert Gabriel
Performed by The Dream Academy
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Don't let school get in the way of your education....
14 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

John Hughes does a tremendous job of portraying school as an oppressive prison in which children are forced into the most unnatural setting to memorize useless facts to "get their grade." _The Breakfast Club_ is another example of this, but FBDO does it tremendously well. The setting portrayed at the school of the bored students listening to a nasal monotone lecture, while intended to be a caricature of the nature of classroom lessons and children's reactions, was pretty much on target.

Ferris Bueller takes the day off and what does he do? Certainly not what Rooney assumed smart teenagers will do. He didn't use this time to damage some bedsprings with his girlfriend, or play video games. No, he viewed fabulous pieces of art, ate at a very classy restaurant, participated in a parade, and taught his friends a few lessons in some interesting ways.

As a believer in education as an organic experience, this movie is a real eye opener to anyone wishing to educate their children outside of the public school venue. It's funny, and shows just how worthy time "living your life before it passes by" can be.

10/10


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