The 1986 classic from John Hughes remains a go-to comedy for teens and adults alike today. Here are 14 fun Ferris facts…
Raining on the parade
Despite the many believing June 5 to be the actual day Ferris took off, the parade – where Ferris lets rip lip-synching The Beatles’ Twist and Shout – was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade. That’s a Chicago event that’s held annually on the third Saturday in September.
John Hughes allowed himself a week to write the script for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He managed to knock it off in six days, so then had his own day off.
The name ‘Ferris Bueller’ was a tribute to John Hughes’ lifelong friend Bert Bueller.
Matthew was always the one
Despite other actors such as John Cusack, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and more being rumoured to have been considered for the title role, John Hughes claimed that he always had Matthew Broderick in mind for the title role.
John Hughes’ muse Molly Ringwald didn’t get the role of Sloane as she apparently wasn’t “elegant” enough. For what it’s worth we disagree, as Molly was (and still is) a goddess.
Alan Ruck, who played Cameron, was certainly no teenager. He was actually 29 when the movie was made. Mind you, Matthew Broderick was 21. At least Mia Sara was 18.
If they had their time over
Anthony Michael Hall turned down the role of Cameron to avoid being typecast as geeky (before going on to later become Mr Super-Buff Muscular Guy). Emilio Estevez also turned it down. Oops.
Like sister and brother…
They may have been sister and brother in the movie, but later Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey were engaged for a time.
There’s money in sampling
Swiss duo Yello’s Oh Yeah was so mega-successful post-Bueller, it became the basis for band member Dieter Meier’s investment fortune of some $175 million.
Living in a dream
The instrumental of The Smiths’ Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want – heard during the museum scene – is by The Dream Academy, the same London band that gave us Life in a Northern Town (all together now, “Hey-oh-ma-ma-ma-hey-ah!”).
Mutton dressed up as Lamb- erm, Ferrari
Despite sending motoring enthusiasts into fits of utter despair, the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder that got trashed in the movie wasn’t real – not surprising when only around 55 were ever built. The car featured was actually an MG that was modified to look like the Ferrari.
Department of Youth
The garage guy who takes Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari for a wild spin was played by Richard Edson, who was the drummer for New York City’s Sonic Youth early on in their career. He left the band to pursue acting, and is still specialising in bit parts today.
Sir? Sir… Sir… SIR! SIR!
The Chicago French restaurant where Ferris, Sloane and Cameron go for lunch was a replica of the very real Chez Paul. It’s the very same eatery that Jake and Elwood invaded when trying to convince ‘Mr Fabulous’ to come onboard when they were getting the band back together for their mission from God in 1980’s The Blues Brothers.