The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 42): (Date: 7/6/2012)
39. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” (1986)
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.
Matthew Broderick—Ferris Bueller
Alan Ruck—Cameron Frye
Mia Sara—Sloane Perterson
Jeffery Jones—Ed Rooney
Jennifer Gray—Jeanie Bueller
Cindy Picket—Katie Bueller
Lyman Ward—Tom Bueller
Charlie Sheen—Boy in Poilce Station
Ben Stein—Economics Teacher
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $6,275,647 (USA)
*Gross: $70,136,369 (USA)
*The short scene with the coughing keyboard was actually improvised by Matthew Broderick.
*In an early draft of the script Ferris had two additional younger siblings and Jeanne was to be the middle child.
*Cameron's father's Ferrari wasn't a real Ferrari. Because it was too expensive to rent one, they made three fake ones with a fiberglass body.
*Grace the Secretary pretending to be Ed on the phone call was improvised.
*A number of key moments in the movie were created in the editing room: Jeannie kicking Roonie three times in the face (when there was in fact only one kick filmed); Ferris and Sloane's kiss in front of Roonie was originally just a brief kiss, but was later edited into the long kiss seen on film.
*To produce the desired drugged-out effect for his role as the drug addict in the police station, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot.
*The Parade sequence (Twist and Shout scene) was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade. An annual event in the Chicagoland area
*Ferris wears a different outfit in each scene before he and Cameron go to pick up Sloane.
*Most of the license plates are all abbreviations for titles of films by John Hughes. Katie's = VCTN (National Lampoon's Vacation); Jeannie's = TBC (The Breakfast Club); Tom's = MMOM (Mr. Mom); Rooney's = 4FBDO (Ferris Bueller's Day Off). The exception is Cameron's Ferrari (seen when Ferris first pulls out of the garage), the license plate of which reads NRVOUS.
*Anthony Michael Hall turned down the role of Cameron to avoid being typecast.
*Emilio Estevez turned down the role of Cameron.
*Alan Ruck was 29 years-old when he played the role of Cameron.
*The 1961 Ferrari GT250 was a modified MG sports car. The producers received several angry letters from car enthusiasts who believed the car shown was a *real* Ferrari and that it was actually wrecked in the film.
*The line Ferris says in the bathroom at the French restaurant about Cameron's house being very pretty and very cold was originally supposed to be said by Allison in The Breakfast Club regarding her home life.
*Eric Stoltz auditioned for the role of Ferris.
*The scene in which Ferris is drawing the nude woman on his computer was going to be broadcast onto a jumbotron in Chicago but the scene was later cut.
*The yellow and red insignia on Ferris's beret is that of the 32nd armored regiment; the motto at the bottom [illegible in the film] reads "Victory or Death". This was Elvis Presley's regiment when he was in the army and in "G.I. Blues".
*The hand that presses the speaker button on Cameron's phone belongs to John Hughes. When the crew left, Hughes took the camera and shot it himself since no one else was getting it right.
*Deleted scenes: - Ferris asks his dad on the phone about bonds his father purchased when he was born, he then takes one of them from a shoebox in his father's closet, cashes it at the bank with his girlfriend (telling the hard-of-hearing teller they are pregnant with a jeep), and uses the money to pay for his day off. It was removed because it made Ferris look like a thief rather than a lovable rogue - Ferris orders something in French on the menu, and after everyone at the table tastes it, he is informed by the snooty waiter that he ordered "sweetbreads", which is a French dish made from the thymus gland. It was removed because it showed the waiter getting the better of Ferris, but later in the movie when Ferris is recounting the day to Cameron, he remarks "we ate pancreas".
*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 passage that Ed Rooney quotes when he is trying to console Sloane ("man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live...") is the "First Anthem" for the Burial of the Dead from the Book of Common Prayer produced by the Anglican church. The anthem is based on Job 14:1-2.
*John Hughes wrote the script in six days.
*Sloane was originally named 'Tandy' in earlier drafts of the script.
*When Grace says "He's a righteous dude", it was not in the original script. 'Edie McClurg (I)' ad-libbed it in her best Chicago accent.
*The movie was named after John Hughes' life long friend Bert Bueller.
*When Ferris hacks into the school's computer to change the number of absences he had, it is a subtle reference to a scene in WarGames when 'Matthew Broderick' hacks into the school's computer to change his grades.
*John Candy auditioned for the role of Cameron Frye, but producers turned him down fearing he was too old for the part.
*Mia Sara was a teenager during filming.
*Cameron was based on someone that John Hughes knew in high school.
*The number 9 was chosen for the number of Ferris' absences because it sounded harsh when spoken by Rooney.
*A scene that was filmed but never used involved Ferris going on a radio talk show and talking about being the first teenager to go into space. Bits of the scene were in the movie's trailer.
Why I Picked this movie #39:
1.It hold up.
2. A really funny movie.
3. Great cast.
4. Matthew Broderick was God like in this movie.
5. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
6. Great script/story
7. It had some real moments in the film that were real life like to a point.
8. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
9. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
10. It is a John Hughes movie from the 80’s that had kids in high school.
11. It is non-stop movie that make you laugh or feel something from beginning to conclusion
12. It is simple a special movie from the 1980’s
First time seeing it:
On VHS at home.