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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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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 ... 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

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Ruck had previously auditioned for the Bender role in The Breakfast Club (1985) which went to Judd Nelson, but John Hughes remembered Ruck, and cast him as the seventeen-year-old Cameron Frye. See more »

Goofs

The contraption Ferris made to fool his parents is a total shank. The trophy, that acts as counterweight is doing absolutely nothing. In one shot this is demonstrated as the trophy and the body-model start and stop at different times. They also move at different intervals. See more »

Quotes

Ed Rooney: I don't trust this kid any further than I can throw him.
Grace: Well with your bad knee Ed, you shouldn't throw anybody... Its true.
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Crazy Credits

Ferris comes out of bathroom: "You're still here? It's over. Go home." 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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Red Zone Cuba (1994) See more »

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Minuet from String Quartet in E Major
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Genuinely, Ingeniously Funny

First of all let me say that this movie is genuinely, ingeniously funny, the watch-it-twelve-times-and-it-never-gets-old kind of movie. I myself have seen it seven and a half times and will probably view it again before the end of summer. The movie stars then 23-year-old Matthew Broderick as 17-year-old Ferris Bueller, a high school student who would like nothing better than to be done with school. So he gives in to a strong temptation to cut class and go to downtown Chicago with friends Cameron and girlfriend Sloane (who he gets out of school extremely cleverly, and quite hilariously i might add!). It doesn't take long for principal Edward Rooney to catch on to Ferris's skipping, so he tries as hard as he can to catch him, but is going on about it quite unsuccessfully. All through the movie we learn of Cameron's struggles with his parents and life itself, and through all the hilarity of the movie Cameron finds a part of himself that he hadn't been able to find before. The movie consists of several several fun scenes, such as the German American Appreciation Day Parade, in which Ferris climbs onto the Great Float and the parade-goers dance to "Danke Schoen" by Wayne Newton and "TWIST AND SHOUT" of course, by the Beatles. Other very important characters are Jeanie Bueller, his revenge-seeking sister who can't seem to understand why Ferris gets away with everything, and Grace, the absent-minded and honest-to-a-fault secretary. There are so many left out parts and characters but to see them all you'll have to watch the movie (you won't regret it!). "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -ferris bueller I give this movie 2 thumbs up, if only i had more hands i could give it a higher rating....


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