Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off
It’s a fantastic spring day, and their final school year is almost over. That’s all the reason Ferris Bueller needs to declare an unofficial day off from classes. Concocting a brilliant plan that has everyone but his sister and the high school principal fooled, Bueller and company head off for a day of outrageous fun in Chicago. With John Hughes in the director’s chair, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is '80s comedy at its very best.
The actors who played Bueller’s parents, Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, got married in real life after filming the movie.
Director John Hughes wrote the script for the movie in just six days.
The Ferrari in the movie wasn’t real. Since the car would have been too expensive to rent, three fiberglass fakes were made and used instead.
Except for the roll call, nothing Ben Stein says in his scenes was scripted. He has a degree in Economics, so he simply presented a real Economics lecture.
Alan Ruck was already 29 years old when he played the role of Cameron in this film.
A Spontaneous Romp
- A timeless high school classic that’s still relevant today
- 103 minutes of film fun, plus righteous bonus materials
- Great entertainment for both adults and teens (rated PG-13)
- Available on DVD or Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick)
When it comes to playing hooky, Ferris knows all the tricks. For this outing though, he’s pulling out all the stops and taking his best friends along for one wild ride.
Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck)
Bueller’s long-time buddy, pessimistic Cameron is up for a day of fun with his pal. But sneaking off with his dad’s prized Ferrari may mean he’s heading for disaster.
Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara)
Bueller’s girlfriend goes along with the plan for one last big fling in Chicago before the trio splits up and heads off to college.
Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones)
Rooney has had it up to here with Bueller’s antics. And this time, the frazzled principal is determined to catch the delinquent in the act.
High school student Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) into taking his father's prized Ferrari and, with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), they 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. This '80s movie is filled with bonus DVD materials that will give you an insider's view of this hilarious comedy directed by John Hughes.
Ferris and his adventures represent a teen's dream of glory: to have, at one's fingertips, the technical skills to sabotage the adult world's machinery of oppression and, at the tip of one's tongue, the perfect squelch for grownups' moralistic blather. --Richard Schickel, Time
When people think fondly of John Hughes, it's movies like Ferris Bueller that they're thinking of --Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
This is John Hughes' best teen film, and it's a call to arms to everyone in the world who doesn't want to follow society's lame-ass rules at the expense of living a cool life. --Brad Laidman, Film Threat
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One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.
It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (”He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.
The reunion clips were excellent. The sound track was excellent... as anyone familiar with
the film knows.
I might add that the price was also a factor in my decision for an upgrade to the HD-version.
What a CLASSIC! Worth a watch.... every spring... when the fever gets ya!
Make no mistake though, this film is not actually about Ferris but about his best friend Cameron, a repressed teen so sunk in hypochondriacal ennui you wonder why he doesn't just wink out of existence. But Ferris, though his main reason for stirring Cameron out of his slough of despond is in order to secure transportation for the day, is not wholly devoid of altruistic feeling. He puts a fair amount of effort into trying to get Cameron to respond to life, first by running a scam on Mr. Rooney and then…well, that's where the adventure begins.
John Hughes was our generation's Preston Sturges; a brilliantly gifted screenwriter who revealed, as a director, a unique, original vision in a handful of film classics, then burned out, tragically, gradually fading from the scene. Where Sturges specialized in likable, working class characters in escalating, awkward situations, Hughes was the voice of the young, revealing their maturity, as well as angst, in a series of wonderful comedies set at key moments of their lives...and "Ferris Bueller" is one of the best. As portrayed by the perfectly-cast Matthew Broderick, in his breakthrough role, Bueller is the archetypical likable high school 'user', smarter than the rest of the world, but guileless, willing to share his 'grand vision' with those he cares about. Just a tad less gifted is his jealous younger sister (Jennifer Grey), who never seems to get the 'breaks' he enjoys, and, of course, the nemesis is the authority figure, the vice principal (Jeffrey Jones), furious that Bueller so effortlessly can twist the rules his way! The film splits into plotlines involving each character, as Bueller and his best friends (Mia Sara and Alan Ruck) enjoy the ultimate 'skip' day, his sister attempts to 'out' him to the parents, meeting bad boy Charlie Sheen in the process, and Jones, intending to publicly punish him, is inflicted with a never-ending series of slapstick disasters. Each storyline is very funny, and the end result is one of the best films of the 1980s!
I hope the 'ultimate' Bueller film is made, someday, but until then, this edition is quite nice in my collection!
The dvd was skipping and stopping right from the start.
We switched dvd players and still having same issue.
The volume was very low, even having the tv on 60!
I submitted for a refund and got it the same night, but kinda sucked since we waited to watch this and it wasn't great.