Photo by Paramount Pictures
In June 11 1986, was released the movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. The famous film talks about a high school student, Ferris Bueller, who 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.
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Director: John Hughes
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael J. Fox were all considered for the role of Ferris Bueller.
- John Hughes personally designed Ferris’ bedroom, mirrored mostly on his own bedroom when he was in high school. Hughes said that the room was a disorganized series of pop references and other things because it would represent Ferris’ mind.
- Cameron’s father’s Ferrari wasn’t a real Ferrari. Because it was too expensive to rent one, three replicas were made–using an MG chassis–each with a fiberglass body.
- During the parade several of the people seen dancing (including the construction worker and the window washer) originally had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played and John Hughes found it so humorous that he told the camera operators to record it.
- The idea of a sequel had gone around for years with Ferris in college or on the job somewhere, but the idea was dropped. Matthew Broderick felt that the film didn’t need a sequel, that this film was about a specific time and place that we’d all like to revisit and didn’t need updating.
- Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris’ parents, married in real life after filming this movie. They later divorced in 1992.
- The painting that Cameron admires is called “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, by Georges Seurat. It is still on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.
- There is a poster for Simple Minds’ song “Don’t You Forget About Me” on Ferris’ wall. This song was featured prominently in director John Hughes’ earlier film The Breakfast Club (1985).
- The Parade sequence (“Twist and Shout” scene) was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade, an annual event in the Chicagoland area.
- In the film, Ferris and Cameron are supposed to be 18 years old and Sloane, 17. In reality, Matthew Broderick was 23, Alan Ruck was 29, and Mia Sara was 18.
- The first edit of the film had a running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes.