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Ferris Bueller's Day Off


Overview - Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a tricky but harmless fast-talker. But he knows how to have fun, which is exactly what he sets out to do when he feigns illness and talks his parents into letting him stay home from school. The perpetually lucky Ferris enlists his hypochondriac best friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), into springing his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara), from class, and the three embark on a raucous downtown Chicago adventure.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a tricky but harmless fast-talker. But he knows how to have fun, which is exactly what he sets out to do when he feigns illness and talks his parents into letting him stay home from school. The perpetually lucky Ferris enlists his hypochondriac best friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), into springing his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara), from class, and the three embark on a raucous downtown Chicago adventure. From Wrigley Field to the Art Institute of Chicago to a Polish pride parade, Ferris and his friends make the most of their day off. But Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron might not get away with playing hooky. Ferris's sister, Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), is determined to prove that Ferris is faking sick and make him pay for it, and the bumbling school dean, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), is sure that Ferris is pulling a fast one. Another classic from writer-director John Hughes (SIXTEEN CANDLES, THE BREAKFAST CLUB), this film features a star turn from Broderick as the charismatic Ferris. Watch for Charlie Sheen as the juvenile delinquent in the police station and comedian Louie Anderson in a brief appearance as a flower deliveryman.

Cast List

Tom Jacobson - Producer
Ira Newborn
Edie McClurg - American supporting actress
Kristy Swanson - American Actress
Max Perlich - Star, HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO (1995)
Matthew Broderick - American Actor, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986)
Cindy Pickett - American TV Actress
John Robie
John Hughes - American Director/Writer/Producer
Edmond Dantes - American Director/Writer/Producer
Lyman Ward - Actor
Virginia Capers - American Actress
Mia Sara - Film/TV Actress
Alan Ruck - American Supporting Actor
Marilyn Vance - Costume Designer, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Marilyn Vance-Straker - Costume Designer, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Bill Brown - Post-Production Supervisor (mostly for O.Stone, J.Hughes)
Tak Fujimoto
Paul Hirsch - Editor, RAY (2004)
John W. Corso
Louie Anderson - Comedian/Actor
Louis Anderson - Comedian/Actor
Polly Noonan
Larry "Flash" Jenkins
Jennifer Grey - American Actress, DIRTY DANCING (1987)
Arthur Baker
Kenny Ortega - Choreographer/Director
Kenn Ortega - Choreographer/Director
Charlie Sheen - Actor, TWO AND A HALF MEN
Richard Edson - Star, HARD SCRAMBLED (2006)
Del Close
Jeffrey Jones - American actor, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
Ben Stein - Low-key actor/economist; Nixon-Era White House staffer

 
Details
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 097360313345
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Buddies
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Synopsis:
Conniving Shermer, Illinois, high school student Bueller spends his ninth school absence in the company of his kvetchy best friend, Cameron, and girlfriend Sloane, tearing through downtown Chicago on a mad quest for fun. The ruse seems perfect, right down to Cameron's dad's "borrowed" Ferrari, but Ferris's nemesis, high school principal Ed Rooney, is determined to bring the truants to justice.

Notes:
Theatrical release: June 11, 1986. Filmed in and around Chicago, Illinois, including at Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, IL, which is writer-director John Hughes's alma mater.

Reviews:
"...Jones is pricelessly funny...[He gives an] absolutely delicious comic performance..." - 06/04/1986 Variety


"...The film's hook is a tantalizing fantasy for adults as well as kids..." - 06/20/1986 Los Angeles Times, p.C3


"...Beautifully written and acted, this is John Hughes' finest film..." - 08/01/2003 Total Film, p.129


"...Hughes' flattering portrait of a prankish high school Uberteen..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.37


"[W]ish fulfillment for the pre-Nirvana generation. Crisp fun..." - 11/01/2004 Uncut, p.160


"John Hughes' mid-'80s paean to free-spirited defiance and karmic coolness appealed to just about everyone." -- Grade: A- - 01/13/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.58


5 stars out of 5 -- "[F]rom picture-postcard Chicago cityscapes to achingly funny situations, from stand-up-and-cheer set-pieces to that eye-popping Ferrari, this is a film that leaves you aching to phone in sick." - 06/01/2006 Total Film, p.128

 
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