10 Facts: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorite comedy films of all time. There are so many memorable lines in this film and even though this film was released in the 1980’s, it still remains funny, insightful and relevant. If you are millennial and you haven’t seen this film, you have a gap in your education.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Without further ado, here are 10 facts about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off you may or may not know have known:

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released in cinemas in the USA on the 11th of June 1986 (30 years go this past Saturday).
  • The film was written and directed by the late great John Hughes. He wrote the script for the film in only 6 days.
  • John Hughes told Ben Stein, who had a degree in Economics, to present an actual Economics lecture in his scenes. Hence nothing Stein says (aside from the roll call) is scripted.
  • 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 film takes place in the same high school, the fictional “Shermer High.” Exterior shots from The Breakfast Club show the school’s name, a poster in the Ferris school reads “Go Shermer” and the same high school, Maine North High School in Des Plaines, Illinois, was used for shooting both films.
  • Though the film’s choreographer, Kenny Ortega, didn’t choreograph Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” had a long professional relationship with the pop star which included the singer’s film This Is It (And he also choreographed Dirty Dancing).
  • There were three fake Ferraris used in the film. A real Ferrari California Spyder would have cost $300,000. Hughes had three replicas designed for $25,000 each.
  • Richard Edson, legendary grunge indie/grunge band Sonic Youth’s original drummer (from 1981-1982) made an appearance as one of the guys at the garage. He went on become a character actor in his own right, notching about 85 film and television appearances, including a role in Do the Right Thing.
  • The parade sequence was filmed with 10,000 extras, all Chicago residents. Hughes was able to wrangle them because he was filming around the time of Chicago’s annual General Von Steuben German-American Appreciation Day Parade.
  • When the Ferrari crashed, the fiberglass hood ripped, but branches were put over the rip to make sure the camera didn’t record it.

Well, there you have it, 10 facts about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I hope that you found this info useful.

Before I get out of your hair, I’ll allow Ferris to have the last legendary words in this post:

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Henno Kruger
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