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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 June 1986 (USA)
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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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John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Ferris Bueller
Alan Ruck ... Cameron Frye
Mia Sara ... Sloane Peterson
Jeffrey Jones ... Ed Rooney
Jennifer Grey ... Jeanie Bueller
Cindy Pickett ... Katie Bueller
Lyman Ward ... Tom Bueller
Edie McClurg ... Grace
Charlie Sheen ... Boy in Police Station
Ben Stein ... Economics Teacher
Del Close Del Close ... English Teacher
Virginia Capers ... Florence Sparrow
Richard Edson ... Garage Attendant
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Attendant's Co-Pilot
Kristy Swanson ... Simone Adamley
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

While the rest of us were just thinking about it...Ferris borrowed a Ferrari and did it...all in a day. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,275,647, 15 June 1986

Gross USA:

$70,136,369
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Early drafts had the Ferris family having younger siblings. When it came time to edit, the final draft actually has evidence that Ferris in fact does have younger siblings, such as drawings on the fridge, and a family photo seen in his dad's office. See more »

Goofs

Jeannie apparently did not recognize Ed Rooney after she discovers he broke into her house but this should be impossible given the pair go to the same school. However, given that she entered her house expecting to find her brother, and she suddenly saw someone who wasn't her brother, her parents, or anyone else she'd expect to find at her house, her first reaction would be to do exactly what she did. See more »

Quotes

Ferris: Do you speak English?
Garage Attendant: What country do you think this is?
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Crazy Credits

Mr. Rooney, having been chewed up by the dog, is walking down the street. A school bus driver lets him onto the bus, where the students are staring at him. Rooney notices one student has "SAVE FERRIS" written on his binder. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different versions of the closing credits exist. On the widescreen DVD, the scene of Rooney getting picked up by the bus runs, split-screened, next to credits over a black field. On the full-frame NTSC laserdisc, Rooney's scene is in full-frame, with the credits chyroned over the lower quarter of the screen. See more »

Connections

References The Muppet Movie (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet from String Quartet in E Major
(uncredited)
Written by Luigi Boccherini
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Smart A*s v. The Establishment -- Ferris Bueller Rules!
11 September 2005 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Ferris Bueller was either loved or hated by his peers for always getting away with anything he'd do. Some would want him expelled, others want him for Class President. On this extremely eventful day, the audience is invited to follow Ferris, his best pal and his girlfriend from morning to afternoon (when they all should have been in school), enjoying a holiday declared by the resourceful Ferris Bueller.

They get to speed on the freeway in a Ferrari, sing "Danke Schoen" on an Octoberfest Float, eat at the most exclusive restaurant in town and always keep just one step ahead of a furious principal in hot pursuit. With fake computer grade and attendance records, Ferris has it made.

The scene where the principal hitches a ride on a school bus after having been "torn up" by Doberman watch dogs is worth the ticket price (Oh Yeah!). This is one of the funniest "high school prankster movies" ever! Has it been 20 years already? This is a definite Cult Classic! Right up there with Animal House and Caddy Shack.


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