Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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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.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a 1986 American teen comedy film written, co-produced and directed by John Hughes, and co-produced by Tom Jacobson. The film stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, a high-school slacker who spends a day off from school, with Mia Sara and Alan Ruck. Ferris regularly “breaks the fourth wall” to explain techniques and inner thoughts.

Released by Paramount Pictures on June 11, 1986, the film became one of the top-grossing films of the year, receiving $70.1 million over a $5.8 million budget, and was enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

About the Story

In suburban Chicago, high school senior Ferris Bueller fakes sickness to stay home. Ferris frequently breaks the fourth wall, giving the audience advice on how to skip school, and to narrate about his friends. His younger sister Jeannie is less convinced, but goes to school anyway. Dean of Students Edward R. Rooney notes and suspects Ferris is being truant again and commits to catching him. However, Ferris uses a computer to alter the school’s records to reduce his absences from 9 to 2. Ferris convinces his friend Cameron Frye, who really is absent due to illness, to report that his girlfriend Sloane Peterson’s grandmother has died. Rooney doubts this, but they succeed as planned.

Borrowing Cameron’s father’s prized 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder against Cameron’s wishes, Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane drive into Chicago to sightsee. Leaving the car with two parking attendants, who promptly take it on a joyride, the trio visit the Art Institute of Chicago, Sears Tower, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Wrigley Field. They then go to a French restaurant for lunch where Ferris poses as Abe Froman, the “Sausage King of Chicago,” while narrowly avoiding his father, who is eating lunch at the restaurant.

Meanwhile, after humiliatingly failing to find Ferris, Rooney visits the Bueller residence and fails to enter, being attacked by the family rottweiler as his car is towed. Jeannie, skipping class, returns home and discovers her brother’s ruse, but encounters Rooney snooping. She kicks him and calls the police, who arrest her for false reporting after Rooney leaves. While at the station, Jeannie meets a juvenile delinquent, who advises her not to worry so much about Ferris.

After a cab ride where Cameron exclaims disinterest, Ferris impromptu joins a parade float during the Von Steuben Day parade and lip-syncs Wayne Newton’s cover of “Danke Schoen”, as well as a rendition of The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” that gets the entire crowd dancing. Just as things shine bright, they retrieve the car and notice that, due to the attendants’ joyride, over 100 miles have been added. The revelation shocks Cameron into a state of self-analysis, realizing his life is controlled by his father’s figure.

After coming sane again, they return the car to Cameron’s garage and unsuccessfully try to run it backwards to remove the miles; Ferris suggests that they crack it open and turn it back manually. Cameron refuses and vents anger towards his father, kicking, severely denting, and leaning on the car, which falls off the jack and flies out the back, crashing into a ravine behind. Despite Ferris’ insistence, Cameron decides to take a stand against his father after destroying the car. At the police station, Mrs. Bueller picks up Jeannie, whom she finds kissing the delinquent.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Directed by: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Edie McClurg, Virginia Capers
Screenplay by: John Hughes
Production Design by: John W. Corso
Cinematography by: Tak Fujimoto
Film Editing by: Paul Hirsch
Costume Design by: Marilyn Vance
Set Decoration by: Jennifer Polito
Art Direction by:
Music by: Arthur Baker, Ira Newborn, John Robie
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: June 11, 1986