A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.


John Hughes


John Hughes
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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




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Did You Know?


The Ferrari in the movie was a replica of a Ferrari 250GT California Spyder (only 104 of which were actually produced). This version of Ferrari's already famous 250 series was designed specifically for the American market, featuring only two seats, a convertible top and more horsepower than in the standard European version. See more »


"Danke Schoen" incorrectly credited as "Danke Shoen". See more »


[calling the police about an intruder]
Jeannie: There is an intruder - male, Caucasian, possibly armed, certainly weird - in my kitchen... M-my-my-my name is Bueller...
Jeannie: Look, it's real nice that you hope my brother is feeling better, but I'm in danger, okay? I am very cute, very alone and very protective of my body. I don't want it violated or killed, all right? I need help! Speaka de English? DICKHEAD!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In the TV Version, Cameron's "Piece of Shit" car is referred to by Ferris as a "Piece of Tin". See more »


Referenced in White Collar: Dentist of Detroit (2011) See more »


Twist and Shout
Written by Bert Berns and Phil Medley
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. / EMI Records Ltd.
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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

I remember watching this movie, and while I loved the first 2 acts, both full of endless laughter, I couldn't help but think that Ferris Bueller was something of a narcissist. He does many seemingly selfish things; lying to his parents, humiliating his principal, and putting his 'best friend' in danger, all so he can have 7 carefree hours off of school. It is not until the 3rd act that he becomes a 3-dimensional character, and we begin to understand him and realize he is not the sociopath we might have assumed he is. While it seems he does all the things he does for his own pleasure, it becomes clear in the last 20 minutes he was really doing it for his friend. At the beginning of the movie, Cameron is timid, constantly worried, and unsure of himself. We learn his parents argue, and his dad neglects him, and would rather work on his Ferrari instead of spending time with his son. Throughout the movie, Ferris tries to boost his friend's self-esteem, and by the end, he has succeeded. His friend is a completely different person, and most of the major characters are, notably his sister. However, Ferris doesn't seem to change at all. He helps his friends become better people, but in doing so, he isn't changing at all.

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Release Date:

11 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,275,647, 15 June 1986

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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (1996 Re-Release)| Dolby


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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