Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Paramount Pictures Released 1986



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John Hughes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a tale of playing hooky and causing mayhem. Ferris Bueller is the slick kid who gets away with everything, and he decides that today he's going to get away with skipping school. His jealous sister, Jeanie, will do anything to turn him in, but she can't seem to catch him. After rigging a very sly device to make his family think he's still in bed, he heads off for his big day with his best friend, Cameron Frye, and his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson. First they snag Cameron's father's Ferrari and drive into downtown Chicago. They visit the Art Institute, the Sears Tower, and Wrigley Field. Meanwhile the students back at the school have heard of Ferris' terrible illness and have started collecting for a "Save Ferris" fund. The school principal, Ed Rooney doesn't believe the story and goes looking for Ferris, only to end up in an altercation with Jeanie. The day looks like it will be a celebration of freedom, joy, and recklessness until it someone figures out Ferris' scheme.



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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film's heart is in the right place, and Ferris Bueller is slight, whimsical and sweet.

  • 60

    The New York Times

    In this film [Hughes] has created a character who is every teen-ager's fantasy, but in the process he has lost some of the authenticity of his other films - leaving several slow tr...

  • 40


    Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.


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      • Production Budget  - $5,800,000
        Domestic Gross - $70,136,369 (10th)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $151,237,453

      • Filming locations:
        L'Orangerie, Los Angeles, California
        Art Institute of Chicago, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
        Ben Rose Auto Museum, Highland Park, Illinois
        Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
        Butternut Lane, Northbrook, Illinois
        California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California
        Chicago Board of Trade, The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
        Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
        Des Plaines, Illinois
        Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
        El Camino Real High School, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
        Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois
        Glencoe Beach, Glencoe, Illinois
        Glencoe, Illinois
        Gold Coast, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois
        Highland Park, Illinois
        Koenig & Strey Office, Winnetka, Illinois
        Lake Forest, Illinois
        Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois
        Lake View, Chicago, Illinois
        Long Beach, California
        Maine North High School, Des Plaines, Illinois
        Northbrook, Illinois
        Sears Tower, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
        The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
        Winnetka, Illinois
        Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
        Wrigley Field, Lake View, Chicago, Illinois

      • Taglines:
        Leisure Rules.
        One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy.
        While the rest of us were just thinking about it...Ferris borrowed a Ferrari and did it...all in a day.

      • Music:
        Written by Mick Jones and Don Letts
        Performed by Big Audio Dynamite
        Beat City
        Written and Performed by Ben Watkins and Adam Peters
        Danke Schoen
        Written by Bert Kaempfert, Kurt Schwabach, and Milton Gabler
        Performed by Wayne Newton
        The Edge Of Forever
        Written by Nick Laird-Clowes and Gilbert Gabriel
        Performed by The Dream Academy
        I'm Afraid
        Written by David Joyner and Paul Mansfield
        Performed by Blue Room
        Jeannie (Theme From I Dream Of Jeannie)
        Written by Hugo Montenegro
        Love Missile F1-11
        Written by Tony James, Neil Whitmore, and Martin Degville
        Performed by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
        March Of The Swivelheads
        Written and Performed by The (English) Beat
        Oh Yeah
        Written by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
        Performed by Yello
        Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
        Written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr
        Performed by The Dream Academy
        Radio People
        Written by Larry Troutman and Terry Troutman
        Performed by Zapp
        Star Wars (Main Title)
        Written by John Williams
        Taking The Day Off
        Written by David Wakeling
        Performed by General Public
        Twist And Shout
        Written by Bert Russell and Phil Medley
        Performed by The Beatles
        WLS Jingle
        Go Down Moses
        Written by Traditional
        Performed by Alan Ruck
        Man on the Moon
        Written by Jonathan Elias
        Minuet from String Quartet in E Major
        Written by Luigi Boccherini

      • Golden Globes Nominations:
        1. Actor Comedy/Musical - Matthew Broderick/a>  (won by Paul Hogan/a> for Crocodile Dundee)

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    crazy teachers, nerdy friend, depression, musical numbers, rebellious youth