Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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Corrected entry: The school used in the film is the same school used in 'The Breakfast Club'.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Correction: FBDO was filmed at Glenbrook High School, The Breakfast Club was filmed at Maine North HS (closed at the time of the filming).


Corrected entry: Jeannie kicks the principal in the face three times and doesn't recognize him. It's clear from an earlier scene that she is a regular complainer at his office.


Correction: She's hardly expecting to see her school principal, who by now is a disheveled mess, to be in her house, crawling on the floor. She's terrified, thinking Rooney's a burglar, and after kicking him, she runs off in a panic without ever looking directly at his face.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: After Ferris and Cameron pick up Sloan, they drive WEST down School Drive by the high school. The sun should behind them in the morning (rises in the east) instead of in front, where it is in the film.

Correction: There is nowhere in the film where it states which direction they are traveling.


Corrected entry: When Jeannie comes downstairs to find the Principal in her house, she kicks his ass and then proceeds to call the police and tells them there is an intruder. Why didn't she recognise her own Principal? It did happen quickly when they jumped out at each other but they both paused before she kicked him. She certainly recognised him at the end of the film when they are at the back door.

Correction: Yes, it does happen quickly. So quickly, in fact, that Jeannie probably doesn't have time to compute what has happened - she just reacted. This is evident by the fact she makes it to the top of the stairs by the time Rooney hits the floor. The only reason she realizes that it was him at the end is BECAUSE she found his wallet.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Ferris is dancing and lip-syncing to "Twist and Shout", there is a cop wearing a blue jacket from the street view, and then he's not wearing it in the next shot from an aerial view.

Correction: There is no error matching your description in the scene. There is a shot of one cop in a blue jacket, but he doesn't appear visibly in any aerial shots. Unless you can provide a screen shot or specific time, this is not a valid error. Additionally, plenty of time passes between street shots and aerial shots with the various close-up shots, if said man exist, he has time to take his jacket off.


Corrected entry: When the gang pulls into the garage, Cameron is shown wearing his sleeves up. In the next shot they are rolled all the way down.

Correction: On the drive to the garage and in the garage, Cameron's sleeves are never rolled up to begin with.


Corrected entry: When Ferris is kicking his shoes off at the end of the movie before jumping back into bed, he kicks his right shoe off and then he kicks the same shoe off again.

Correction: The camera never cuts away from the removing the shoes scene. We see him remove the right shoe (with his left foot) and then remove the left shoe (with his right foot).


Corrected entry: When the Ferrari is driven through the window, it is the only window on that wall without a 4-5" high frame along the floor. Various views of the wall show the surrounding windows having it; it was most likely removed to prevent the car from being obstructed in its fall.

Correction: We don't know if there was supposed to be a frame there, so we can't make the assumption that it was removed for the movie. Perhaps there was not supposed to be a frame there to give an unobstructed view over the gully. Without knowing if there is intended to be a frame there, we can't call it a mistake, or even if there was something to be removed.


Corrected entry: The name Shermer, which appears in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club, comes from Shermer Road, which is the road that runs in front of the high school where Ferris Bueller's Day Off was filmed. Another post mentioned School Drive, which runs along the side of the school.

Correction: Northbrook, where Glenbrook North High School is and where part of the movie was shot, used to be called Shermerville. The school is located at 2300 Shermer Road. The street they drove on used to be called School, but now is called Sherman.


Corrected entry: When Ferris has just picked up Sloan from her school, he looks over at the camera and says " The question isn't what are we going to do. The question is what aren't we going to do". While he is saying this you can clearly see a boom mike moving back and forth in the car reflection.

Correction: He's not looking at the camera when he says that, and there is no boom mic reflection in the scene.


Corrected entry: In a scene where Mr. Rooney is hunched over the sink in Ferris's home, the seat of his pants and the back of his sport coat are split. Yet at the end of the movie when he his loading the bus, both are intact.

Correction: His suit and pants are still split when you see him step into the bus - the split is very visible.


Corrected entry: On the drive home with Jeanie, Mrs. Bueller is not wearing sunglasses when all of the papers get thrown around in the car. She is wearing them the rest of the time.

Correction: She is wearing sunglasses. She puts them on before leaving the police station and you can see her wearing them for the whole drive.


Corrected entry: When Ferris is trying to con his way into the fancy restaurant he greases the maitre' d's palm with a dollar. The maitre' d then drops it and we hear it hit the table. Then the shot changes to his hand and he drops the dollar again.

Correction: The maitre d' doesn't drop the money. He looks at it in a huffy way then in the next shot he drops it.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Cameron is venting his anger at the Ferrari with the jack holding up the rear drive wheels and Ferris and Sloan witness it. The camera pans down to the tachometer of the car. The tachometer shows the revolutions per minute at 0, but the engine's supposed to be running. You know it's the tachometer when a scene with the parking garage guys, they rev the engine and you can clearly see the tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right.

Correction: This is one of the longest running myths of the film. The Tachometer is on the RIGHT of the Speedometer like in most other cars. You can only see the Speedometer and it is at zero because this car does not show speed in reverse (like many cars do). The scene is correct. Also, because the car was restored for three years, the fact that driving it backwards does not reverse the odometer cannot be questioned. In actuality, this car's ORIGINAL odometer would go backwards when driven in reverse. However, we have no idea how extensive Mr. Fry's changes to the car were. As an aside, in addition to not showing forward speed when in reverse, this car's original speedometer would actually go into negative territory (in-other-words less than 0 MPH) when driven in reverse.


Corrected entry: At the end of the movie Ed Rooney gets on the school bus full of kids. You'll remember that Ferris got home at 6:00 p.m. Why would there be a school bus full of kids at 6:00 p.m.?

Correction: It's towards the end of the school year; traditionally, most schools have excursions during that period.


Corrected entry: The movie supposedly takes place in April, however based on Chicago's climate, it is quite clear that the actual filming was conducted well into the summer months based on how full and leafy all the trees are, not to mention the ivy on the outfield wall at Wrigley Field which does not become fully developed with leaves until late May at the earliest.

Correction: Do they specifically state the month in the movie? Also, this is Chicago, what with all the snow days they have any given year, it's conceivable the make-up days have pushed Graduation and things back an entire month.


Correction: Given the baseball game they went to, the movie took place on June 5.

Greg Dwyer

The baseball game was obviously staged for the film.

The baseball game was definitely not staged for the film. The baseball scenes were filmed during a real Cubs game in September (when filming took place). John Hughes added footage from the earlier June game during editing to make it appear they attended the June game.


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, Ferris' mother is examining her sick son and says to Mr. Bueller, "He doesn't have a fever, but his hands are cold and clammy and he says he's seeing spots." At the end of the movie, when Ferris narrowly beats his parents home and they enter his bedroom, Mrs. Bueller again touches her son's forehead and says, "You're still warm." I thought he didn't have a fever.

Correction: She assumes it's from the illness running it's course through the day, She assumes that in the morning he wasn't feverish yet, then the fever came as the sickness progressed over the day, and this is the tail end as he recovers.


Corrected entry: When Ferris is about to jump in the pool to save Cameron there is a cookie floating in the water. As he jumps in it disappears.

Correction: After watching the scene twice, and even pausing it, there is no cookie floating in the pool to begin with, or even anything resembling a cookie, at any time.


Corrected entry: The whole day's time sequence is terribly out of whack. For instance, when Rooney is wiping his face off after being spat on by the "Karate Champ" girl in the pizza joint, Ferris catches a fly ball. Harry Caray's play-by-play call can be heard in the background. He's calls the name "Lee Smith," indicating Lee Smith was on the mound for the Cubs. Lee Smith was a closer and likely would not be in the game until the 9th inning. Most day games at Wrigley start at 1:20 and last at least 2 hours. Therefore, the time would be about 3:30 PM when Ferris caught the fly ball. After that, he had time to make it back down to the Loop for a parade (presumably by elevated train), pick up the car, get back up to the North Shore (probably a decent 30 minute ride) take a dip in the pool, save Cameron's life, and race home to be in bed by the time his parent arrived home (6:00 sharp if you'll recall the father's lines at the beginning.) That's bad continuity. Aside from that, prior to the game, they dined at Chez Quis and went to the Museum (South Loop area).

Correction: While the ballgame used in the film was real, it wasn't meant to represent a real game, it's still a fictional ballgame that was being played for the first time. So Smith could have been in early. Pointing this out as a mistake would be like pointing out that Abe Froman never had reservations at Chez Quis that day.


Correction: Actually, the game was intended to be the June 5, 1985 game between Chicago and Atlanta, which started at 1:25pm, ran 3 hours and 9 minutes and ended at 4:34pm in a 4-2, 11-inning loss by the Cubs. Smith closed the game. All of which makes the timeline even more crazy - between 4:35 and 5:55 (just under 90 minutes) they caught a Red Line train downtown (the ride alone would have eaten up 20 minutes, minimum), then walked to the AI at Michigan Avenue, walked around, then picked up the car and started heading north (again, a 30 minute drive from downtown, more in rush hour, and they would have been driving in rush hour), stopping for at least one detour along the way.

Continuity mistake: The rear view mirror disappears when Jeanie is speeding home.

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Ferris: Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.

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Trivia: When Jeanie is in the police station, we see a badge that says Police Officer Shermer. Shermer is the town in which "The Breakfast Club", another John Hughes movie, is set.

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Question: Why does Cameron stare at the painting?

Answer: Cameron stares specifically at the child in the painting, because he identifies with it. He feels the lack of affection and attention from his own family (unlike the child in the painting who is enjoying time with her family, the mother is holding her hand).


Answer: I thought he was freaking out, realizing the picture was made of thousands of tiny dots (pointillism).

Brian Katcher
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