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.



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