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Trivia: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Actor Allusion: Ferris hacks into the school's system from his computer to change the number of absences he's had. That's not the first time Broderick hacked into his school's system. Though Bueller is less enthusiastic about it:
    "I asked for a car, I got a computer. How's that for being born under a bad sign?"
  • All There in the Script: Charlie Sheen's stoner character is named Garth Volbeck, though the film doesn't mention this.
    • Also, a deleted backstory shows that Ferris and Garth were friends in the eighth grade. Garth's family's pretty messed up, and Ferris tried to help him and be his friend, but Garth eventually dropped out of high school and wound up in the police station next to Jeannie. That's why Ferris is so intent on giving Cameron a good time - he blames himself for not helping Garth enough when he could.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Ben Stein as the economics professor never says, "Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?" He does say these lines but separately. He first says, "Bueller? Bueller?" while taking attendance and then later during his lecture asks, "Anyone? Anyone?"
  • Cast Incest: On-screen siblings Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey dated and were even engaged for a while after appearing in this film together.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted with Mia Sara, (Sloane) who was 18 (playing a high school junior). Played straight with Matthew Broderick (Ferris) who was 23, Jennifer Grey (Jeannie) who was 25, and Alan Ruck (Cameron) who was 29 when the film was shot during the fall of 1985.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours before filming his scene so that he would appear tired and strung-out. Now he prefers the quicker method of good, all-natural cocaine.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In the cab, when Ferris tickles Sloan. Actress Mia Sara's laughter was real, because Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck actually took off her shoe and tickled her foot.
  • Flip Flop of God: The DVD commentary pegs Ferris as a spoiled jerk. However, Hughes intentionally cut a scene that explicitly makes Ferris a thief, and cast Matthew Broderick in the role because he felt Broderick was the only one who could make Ferris likable. So do we empathize with Ferris or not? Either interpretation of the character is equally valid. And it doesn't help that both interpretations can work concurrently with each other (i.e. Ferris is a jerk and trickster, but he's OUR jerk and trickster).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Ben Stein plays the dull, drab teacher whose class Ferris escapes from at the beginning of the film. He would later rehash this role on The Wonder Years, among many other places.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Ferris is adult Simba in The Lion King.
  • I Am Not Spock: For a long time, Matthew Broderick never liked talking about this movie, though it seems he's eased up about it, since he appeared in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial that parodied the film.
  • Old Shame: Sheen said a few years later that watching his one scene in the movie made him want to punch himself in the mouth.
  • Real-Life Relative: The actors who played Ferris's parents (Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward) later got married in real life. Unfortunately, however, they divorced in 1992.
  • Star-Making Role: Three years before Ferris Bueller, WarGames is what got Broderick noticed. But this movie clearly is what made Broderick a star, and it is arguably his most famous role.
  • Throw It In: "They think he's a righteous dude" was improvised by Edie McClurg, the actress who played Grace.
    • Ben Stein improvised the entire lecture about the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.
  • What Could Have Been: John Hughes' first choice to play Ferris was Michael J. Fox, which is ironic because Broderick was Gary David Goldberg's first choice to play Fox's role of Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties. However, Broderick declined, partially because his father, James Broderick, had become terminally ill, and partially because he did not actually want to commit to a weekly TV series. Even more ironically, James Broderick had co-starred with Fox's Family Ties co-star, Meredith Baxter-Birney, on the ABC drama, Family.
  • Word of Dante: A researcher discovered the titular day off was June 5, 1985, based on the Cubs game that Ferris goes to in the movie.
    • The game where scenes from the film were shot was actually played on Sept. 24, 1985.
    • The late school-year date adds some subtext to the proceedings; Ferris was mere weeks, if not days away from graduating.
  • Word of God: John Hughes said in 1999 that several of his "Shermer" movies, including Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Planes Trains And Automobiles, are all a part of the same universe. According to Hughes, Samantha Baker knew Ferris.
  • Write Who You Know: Cameron and Charlie Sheen's character were both based on people John Hughes knew in high school.
  • This is former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's favorite movie.
  • Three replica 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California replicas were used in filming.
    • The Hero car was built by Mark Goyette and leased to Paramount for filming. This one was used in almost all exterior shots, and is the one that jumps over the camera. When filming was completed, it was returned to Mark, with the exhaust crushed and the rear body panels cracked. He repaired it and sold it to a young couple in California. The husband ran it off the road, and Mark rebuilt the front end. The couple later sold it in the '90s, and it resurfaced in the early 2000s, but hasn't emerged again since.
    • A kit was sold to Paramount for their stunt car, but they did such a poor job assembling it that it was unusable for anything but falling out the window of Cameron's house at the end. It was later rebuilt and ended up in Planet Hollywood Minneapolis, but fell off the map along with Planet Hollywood Minneapolis.
    • A third kit, meant to be a shell to be dropped out of the window, was bought but never completed. Mark Goyette mentions he heard it was completed and sold off, but it could just as likely be sitting in a backlot at Paramount.

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