Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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Corrected entry: At the end of the film Ferris introduces himself to two bikini clad woman sunbathing in their garden. The setting sun and long shadows show it is late afternoon or early evening. Ferris is wearing a heavy jacket so it is not an especially warm day, and both women are in heavy shadow! They aren't going to get much of a tan.


Correction: It is entirely possible that the day was warm enough to enjoy some time in the garden, and that the two women are making the most of what little time they had to sit in the sun. The sun moved, they didn't bother.

Corrected entry: Near the end, there's a huge parade in downtown Chicago. There's no explanation of what the parade is for or why it's being held in the middle of a school week. Despite that, people are there watching it with their kids who, like Ferris and his friends, should be in school.

raywest Premium member

Correction: First off, it's made very clear it's the Steuben Parade (a very popular German-American parade held in Chicago in September). While there is no "explanation" in the movie, parades are held in the middle of the week for various reasons, such as bad weather on the scheduled day, etc.


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: Jeanie doesn't undo her seatbelt before she jumps out of the station wagon. And additionally in one shot of the car parked - the seatbelt is slammed in the door of the car and hanging out but when they cut back to the car seconds later, the seatbelt is gone.

Correction: While we see her wearing the seatbelt on the way home, she is pulled over by cops. After that we don't see a shot of her until she jumps out of the car. Plenty of time passes for her to undo her seatbelt before pulling into the driveway (and we don't even know if she was wearing it after being let go by the cops).


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 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: When Jeanie is racing to beat Ferris home, a cop chases Jeanie and eventually Jeanie pulls over. Later, Mom says that Jeanie got a speeding ticket. It is unlikely that Jeanie would have gotten home before Ferris or Dad after pulling over and getting a speeding ticket(s), yet somehow Jeanie gets home first.

Correction: This is easily explainable: Ferris was on foot cutting through yards, someone's house, and bounding over a fence. Ferris' dad, however, was stuck behind the slow, swerving old lady, and Jeanie could have been very close to the house when she was stopped since it's unclear how long she was speeding before that.


Corrected entry: When there is a commotion in Rooney's office and Grace is on the phone a green binder appears on Rooney's desk. It was not there before.

Correction: Grace puts there during the commotion.

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: When Ferris rings Rooney to asks if his sister can bring any work assignments home, he's speaking with a healthy, cheerful voice. Seems weird that someone as smart as Ferris completely forgets that he is meant to be sick that day, especially when he is speaking to the Dean.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: He didn't forget at all, he knows full well he's not getting anything past Rooney. Ferris is completely aware that Rooney knows Ferris is faking and Ferris is rubbing it in.

Phixius Premium member

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: At the beginning of the movie when Ferris and Cameron are taking his dad's Ferrari out to pick up Sloan there is a very old green classic car in the background of the garage. Later in the movie when they return it is missing. It isn't very likely that sometime during the day Mr. Fry returned home from work to take it out for a drive without noticing the Ferrari which he never drives is missing.

Correction: The other classic car is still in the garage when they return. You can briefly see the shadow of its windshield. They just don't pan in on it during the scenes when they have returned to the garage.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ferris jumps into the pool to save Cameron, you see the white chair before he jumps into the water. The chair gets knocked into the water and you can see it floating from beneath the water's surface. When Ferris drags Cameron out, you can see that the chair is gone, not floating or on land.

Correction: Cameron jumps in at the deep end of the pool. When Ferris drags him out, they are at the shallow end of the pool (the opposite side) because he pulls him to the steps. Even when they start splashing with Sloan, they remain at the shallow end through the rest of that scene. The camera just doesn't pan out enough to show the chair or anything else at the other end of the pool.

Corrected entry: The timing on the doorbell message at Ferris' house changes between the first time and the second time it is heard.


Correction: In order for the Doorbell Tape to work, he would have recorded the same message clips over and over again on the same tape, as no rewind feature would be available without someone there to rewind it manually. Since he recorded it more than once on the same tape, the next series of clips you hear should differ slightly as we hear, due in part to the fact that it's not the same clip as heard earlier. As such, continuity is not a factor, and no mistake is made.


Corrected entry: When they are all driving in downtown Chicago, Ferris is not staying within the lines of the street at all, he's about 1/3 into the next lane to the left, yet none of the other cars seem to mind.

Correction: Cars don't have feelings, so of course they don't mind. If you mean the drivers, the scene is not that long, and we cannot make out their faces enough to see if they are agitated at Ferris' bad driving or not.


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: Towards the end of the movie, the Ferrari is lifted up on a jack and is running in reverse to "take off the miles." In the next scene you see the wheel, but it is spinning so that the car would be going forward, not in reverse.

Correction: Just as the wheels of a speeding car in a car commercial appear to be spinning backwards, so do the wheels of a reversing car appear to be running forward. This is an anomoly caused by the relative speed of the wheels vs. that of the film and, to date, no one has found a way to alleviate it. The filmmakers here would have been better off letting the wheels spin forward - then they would have looked like they were going backward.

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: At the end of the movie when Ferris' parents come home you see their foyer by the front door loaded with get well flowers and balloons, etc. Who accepted the deliveries if no one was home all day? Rooney wasn't around long enough to have brough ALL those flowers and gifts inside. Also, as much as he despises Ferris, I'm sure he would rather see them on the front porch to wilt. The only reason he signed for the first one was because he just happened to be standing on the front porch when the deliveryman arrived.

Correction: You can see his sister accepting the "get-well messenges" (like the "nurse" singing), so we can assume that she colected the flowers as well.

Correction: And/or a neighbor/friend with a spare key, one of many people in Ferris' thrall enough to visit and see to all those packages?


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: When Ferris' mom tells Ferris that she's going to show a house to that family from Vermont she says the word "that" twice.

Leonard Hassen

Correction: Not an audio problem, just a case of stuttering on her part while trying to formulate her thought. It happens to most people at one time or another.


Corrected entry: When Ed Rooney presses the phone button to take Ferris' call he says nothing but Ferris speaks right up to ask him to get his sister to get his homework assignments. How did Ferris know Rooney was on the phone?

Leonard Hassen

Correction: Ferris would have been put on hold, so was most likely having to listen to music. When Rooney pressed the appropriate phone button, Ferris would be taken off hold - the music would have stopped, so Ferris would know that somebody was now listening - as he'd presumably asked to speak to Rooney, he simply assumed, correctly, that that was who he was speaking to.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where they take off after picking up Sloan in the parking lot, Ferris revs the engine (quite noticeable) and suddenly is on the street outside the lot. That must have been one sharp turn.

Correction: I've watched for this twice, and after Ferris revs the engine, the first shot of him driving off shows him still in the parking lot. There's no mistake here.

Corrected entry: The film takes place in April in Chicago. This is not the ideal swimming time of the year with average daytime highs in the low to mid 50's with high winds.

Correction: At the beginning of the movie, the radio weatherman comments about what a beautiful day it is, with highs expected in the mid-to-high 70's. The temperature is already 75 although it is probably around 7 in the morning.

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: When Ferris and his friends are at the fancy restaurant where his father is eating. They notice him waiting for a cab and freak out and sneak into the cab right before Ferris' father. Why not just wait inside for a minute until he leaves?

Correction: Ferris is confident and daring to the point of absurdity. Several hours later he appears on a parade float, in the view of thousands. To him, sneaking into a cab under his father's nose is a perfectly normal thing to do.

Correction: Knowing Ferris, he may very well be skipping out on the check, and must get off the premises ASAP anyway (and can't bribe a waiter to smuggle him and company out the back). Therefore, there is danger for him either way, and this is the lesser risk.


Corrected entry: If Cameron's dad is suspicious enough of Cameron to note the mileage when he leaves, why doesn't he just take the keys when he leaves, or just hide them?

Correction: From what Cameron says about his dad, he's a macho, confident guy. The fact that Cameron has never touched the car before, and the amount of resistance he puts up to Ferris is proof that his dad had just about every right to be confident his son would never dare take the car.


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 beginning of the movie when Ed Rooney is talking to Ms. Bueller he says 'if he thinks he can just coast through this month...' then Ferris says later something about 'a couple of months until we graduate'

Correction: Some, if not most, American high schools tally student grades and absences through the month of, say, April in order to have time to calculate the information they need for graduation near the first of June. If it is near the beginning of April (they don't specifically say), Ferris can try to 'coast through this month' because he knows anything that happens in May won't count, hence 'a couple of months until we graduate' - April, May, and possibly a week or two in June.


Correction: 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 back an entire month.


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.


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