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
Although one of the key scenes in the film has Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron enjoying a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, John Hughes stated on the DVD commentary, that he was not a Cubs fan. The scene was set there, because of its iconic status, and due to the Chicago White Sox rarely playing day games in 1985 during production. See more »
There are no high cliffs in Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. The scene in question was filmed in Los Angeles. See more »
[the guys just notice the "additional miles" on the car]
[to the audience]
Here's where Cameron goes berserk.
[Cameron's screams can be heard all across Chicago]
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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 »
All VHS versions contain a plastered Paramount logo depending on the year the print was released. However all DVD and Blu-ray versions restore the original logo. See more »
Don't let school get in the way of your education....
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.
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