Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Visible crew/equipment: Near the beginning of the movie there is a brief scene around the empty house. While the camera is in the kitchen you can see a reflection of one of the set guys moving in the fridge handle.

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

Visible crew/equipment: When Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron pick up the Ferrari at the parking garage you can see the camera and its reflection in the window directly behind Ferris and Cameron.

Continuity mistake: When Jeanie meets the boy at the police station, his hair changes after every cut from her to him.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ferris' mom comes home to check on him to make sure he's really home sick, when she's walking down the hall to enter his room you can see the door knob is a gold/old looking one. When she goes to turn the knob and go into the room, they zoom in on it and it's a crystal door knob.

Other mistake: In the scene where Cameron is sinking in the pool you can clearly see some kind of weight belt or something around his waist, which isn't there when he is out of the pool.

Continuity mistake: Cameron kicks and shatters the glass light on the front of the Ferrari towards the end of the movie. A shot of the entire garage is then shown and there is no glass on the floor.

Continuity mistake: At the end, Jeanie slams the kitchen door in Mr Rooney's face. Watch the pane of glass in the door. In all previous exterior views of the door, the pane is composed of about 4 horizontal pieces of glass. It is apparently a "jalousie" window that opens like a venetian blind, so there are no mouldings between each piece of glass. However, as soon as we see the inside of the door behind Jeanie, visible through the curtain is the silhouette of a "criss-cross" moulding grid, dividing the window into 9 panes of glass.

Continuity mistake: When Ferris is talking with Cameron on the phone and playing on the computer, there is no Pepsi can on his desk. A second later one appears next to his hand. The can then disappears in the next shot.

Continuity mistake: When the Ferrari goes through the window and the three of them are standing there, you can see the camera tape on the floor where they are supposed to stand. Also the broken glass on the window changes a bit over the course of that scene.

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Rooney goes to Ferris's house he is wearing a long sleeved shirt and coat jacket. A shot of his arm ringing the doorbell shows a bare arm with dark hair. When they return back to a shot of Mr. Rooney, his sleeve is touching his wrist and he does not have dark hair on the back of his hand.

Visible crew/equipment: When Ferris and gang are driving into the city (Chicago), you hear a song being played and they show an aerial view of Chicago. When they do a flyby of one of the buildings, you can clearly see the helicopter and the cameraman that is doing the filming, in the reflection of the building's windows.

Continuity mistake: When Ferris and Sloane are in the pool, the Pepsi can behind Ferris changes position in different shots.


Continuity mistake: When Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron go to the Sears Tower they lean their heads on three separate windows. Ferris's window is the same as Cameron's. You can tell this when you see them look at the top and top right.

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Continuity mistake: At the very end of the movie when Ferris' mom is tucking him into bed the blanket is showing the line at the top then folded in and back several times.

Continuity mistake: When driving home from the city there is obviously a fake backdrop to simulate a moving car. The car can be seen to change lanes but Ferris never actually turns the wheel of the car.

Visible crew/equipment: When Ferris picks up Sloan at school he puts her in the car and walks to the left of the screen. He then enters the Ferrari from the right of the screen. He obviously had to walk around the camera man to do this. You can also see a reflection moving back and forth on the driver's side door while this is unfolding. Presumably the cameraman's.

Continuity mistake: When Cameron is on the phone with Mr. Rooney pretending to be George Peterson, Ferris calls the school. Grace picks up the phone in the outer office and tells Ferris to hold. You clearly see the third button (line three) is the one he called on. Grace says that Ferris is on line two. When Mr. Rooney puts Cameron on hold and listens to Ferris, after Ferris hangs up, the camera cuts to the phone buttons on Mr. Rooney's phone showing that Ferris was just on the second button (line two).

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Suggested correction: While not likely, there is no requirement that the phones have the same lines or be in the same order, so the line assigned to the third button on Grace's phone could be the second line on Rooney's phone.


Continuity mistake: Notice Jeanie's watch at the police station, and how it changes by hours during the short scene with Charlie Sheen.


Continuity mistake: Right at the end, as the Ferrari is flying out into the trees, it lands in the middle of a couple of very large maple trees. In the next shot, when the kids are standing looking down at the car, it is in a clearing, with nothing around it. It is unlikely that the trees were completely pulverized by the car and it was landing directly on top of them so it did not continue to move away after the fact.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ferris is talking on the phone with the freshmen and playing his "sick sounds" on the keyboard, his legs cross and uncross several times between shots.

Factual error: Cameron tries to stop Ferris from borrowing his father's red sports car, explaining that it's an extremely rare and valuable '61 Ferrari 250 GT California. But the car itself is not a real Ferrari. It was manufactured by Modena Design and Development of El Cajon, California, and is a "Modena GT250" which strongly resembles the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. Since the film makers were throwing the car out of a window, using a real Ferrari was 'cost-prohibitive'. Comparing the real Ferrari to the Modena, differences include the Modena's sharper body crease above the grille, the more steeply angled headlamp covers, higher-mounted emblem and counter-sunk hood scoop.


Continuity mistake: When Rooney first arrives at the Bueller house, he parks in the street by the fire hydrant with a good deal of room between the car and the curb, however when the policeman is putting the ticket on his car, he is right up next to the curb.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Rooney gets on the school bus, he crosses a grass boulevard to board it. The bus never moves and he gets off, stepping directly on to the sidewalk and there is no grass boulevard there anymore.

Visible crew/equipment: At the very end when the credits are rolling but the movie continues, Rooney boards a school bus. When a student hands him a gummy bear, a mike is visible in the upper left of the screen. This was a TV version of the movie.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ferris catches the foul ball, the television shows the stands where Ferris & company are sitting (down the left field line) as being in the shade. When the television shows the close-up of Ferris catching the ball, he is in the sun. When they have the actual shot in Wrigley Field, it is overcast.

Other mistake: Ferris wants to skip school and who can blame him? In the boring lesson early in the movie, supposedly at the start of the day, look at the student's watches. They all read 6.25. (00:11:10)


Continuity mistake: When Ferris calls Cameron, the mess by his phone changes between angles.

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Continuity mistake: When Ferris talks to Cameron and plays with the mouse, the keyboard comes closer to the edge of the table between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ferris turns off the shower, the steam disappears in the close-up angle, only to reappear half a second later.

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Continuity mistake: When Jeanie and Charlie Sheen are talking on the couch in the police station, Jeanie's legs go from crossed left over right to right over left and her arm goes from resting on the couch to by her side and back again.


Continuity mistake: Sloan's hairstyle changes from parted to the side, to the left and straight back throughout the scene in which she says goodbye to Ferris.

Character mistake: 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.

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Suggested 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.


Visible crew/equipment: When Jeanie pulls up to the field in her car and she says "I hate him." You can see the reflection of the boom mic and the camera in her slightly rolled up window. (00:50:30)

Continuity mistake: Cameron's shirt with the The American Medical Association's symbol changes half way through the movie. You can see how they try to cover it up by turning it inside out, but it still shows.

Visible crew/equipment: When Ferris and Cameron are in the garage for the first time inspecting the Ferrari, Ferris is shown talking. Shadows are cast on the hood of the car and you can see the shadow of the boom mic picking up his lines.

Continuity mistake: After the pinball girl shoots Pepsi through a straw at Rooney, he goes over to the counter and grabs some napkins to dry off, however, you can hardly see the wet spots, until the last shot - and then they are much darker.


Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Ed Rooney first goes to the house to search for Ferris, you see a gold colour pot and a reflection of a crew member in it.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ferris is singing "Twist and Shout," you can see a building sign that reads '33 North Dearborn Street.' After the shot cuts, you can see an intersection of two streets: Adams Street and Dearborn Street. The address '33 North Dearborn Street' is a few blocks away from the intersection.


Visible crew/equipment: In the scenes where Sloan, Cameron and Ferris are driving to Chicago for the first time in the Ferrari, there is a brief shot of the Ferrari passing a car on a bridge. Look in the bottom right hand of the screen, a perfect shadow of a person on the road. (Original VHS version, it has been taken out of the recent TV versions).

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Continuity mistake: Near the very end, Ferris races home in vain as both Jeanie and his parents beat him home. Ferris is still in the kitchen as we see his parents at the base of the stairs, saying 'Let's go check on him.' They turn and start up the stairs. The next shot shows Ferris racing up the stairs. Next, we see the parents begin to mount the staircase (this time from a different angle) for a second time.


Continuity mistake: In the opening scene where Ferris is seen lying in bed he is facing his bedroom door. His mother moves him onto his back. When his sister comes into the room, there is one shot of him magically on his side again. In the next shot when he says, "Jeanie!" he has returned to his back almost instantly.

Factual error: The odometer only goes up by 10 miles between the time Cameron freaks out and when they're back in the garage, but they stop at a famous Chicago lighthouse when Cameron freaks out that actually is 1/2 hour outside the city.

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Suggested correction: They took a detour to think at the lighthouse disregarding the distance, since at this point 30 extra miles isn't going to show against the damage already done.


Continuity mistake: When Ferris is playing the song on the synthesizer, at first he is using one hand and facing sideways. Cut to another shot and he's using both hands and facing forwards.

Continuity mistake: At the stock exchange the positioning of Cameron's arms go from being on a chair to in his lap to on the chair in a split second.

Continuity mistake: The whole day's time sequence is terribly out of whak. 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 Wriglry 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.).

Continuity mistake: When Ferris Cameron and Sloane are driving into Chicago they're speeding and flying by every car, but in one shot you can see a car pass the Ferrari in the background. It happens soon after they go airborne and you can hear the Ferrari's engine roaring as the other car passes them by.


Continuity mistake: In the shower while Ferris is talking, behind him there is a rack with a wash cloth on it. They show a close up of Ferris picking up the squirting shower head off of the same rack, but the shower head was not there before the close up.

Continuity mistake: When Rooney is at the Bueller house, he slips off the water spout into mud. His shoe is stuck in the mud when he pulls his foot out. Yet, there is no mud on his calf, which was also in the mud.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie when Ferris is laying in bed, and his parents are saying bye to him, the position of Ferris' blanket changes from the close up shots to the far away shots.

Continuity mistake: In the first scene of the movie where Ferris is trying to convince his parents and his sister that he is sick, his left hand changes position several times from shot to shot, going from under the pillow, to next to the pillow, to under the blanket.

Continuity mistake: If you look closely every time a clock is shown you can tell they do not match up. The times match up at the beginning but then proceed to jump back and forth throughout the movie.

Continuity mistake: 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.

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Suggested 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.


Suggested 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.


Continuity mistake: When Rooney gets out of his car and walks up to Ferris' front door his jacket is unbuttoned, when he gets to the door it is buttoned.

Visible crew/equipment: After Ferris picks up Sloane from the school and they leave the parking lot, there is a shot from behind the car as they drive away and Cameron emerges from his hiding place. The following vehicle and the camera boom are visible in the reflection on the car's trunk. (00:31:15)


Continuity mistake: Ferris is messing with the equalizer on his stereo system (the one that plays the snoring), while he's talking to the camera. Watch the levels on the equalizer, they change from the close-up and back to normal in the wide shot.

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Continuity mistake: Whilst Jeanie and the guy in the police station are talking, a man in a suit walks behind them and then takes a file from the woman at the desk. However, without walking behind either of them, he ends up on the other side of the room.

Continuity mistake: When Jeanie says 'I don't know why I'm here', there's no one behind her. However, in the next shot of her, about a second an a half later, there are three people behind her.

Continuity mistake: After Ferris plays with the synthesizer, the principal is fidgeting with some pages. The way they're folded changes between angles.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie starts and Ferris' parents leave the room, his right arm swaps from being over the blanket to under, between frames.

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Continuity mistake: When the opening credits are rolling, Jenny shows up in the bedroom and Ferris's hair keeps swapping from messy to brushed back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie starts, Ferris's in bed, his fringe all over his forehead. A frame later it's brushed sideways.

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Continuity mistake: After Ferris picks up Sloan from school in the Ferrari, he is seen speeding off towards the end of the parking lot (there's an exit and then a few more stalls before the end of the lot). He gets into 2nd gear before it cuts back to a shot of Mr. Rooney. As we see Rooney's face, we hear the Ferrari running through 2nd gear and into 3rd. This is impossible as they would've had to slow down to make the exit or they would've run off the end of the lot.

Continuity mistake: In the parade scene where Cameron and Sloane rush out attempting to get Ferris of the float, they are approached by a police officer wearing a black jacket. Seconds later there is an aerial shot of the parade, and C and S are being led back to the kerb by a police officer who has no black jacket.

Continuity mistake: Ferris steps out of bed and raises his arms in an 11 O'clock position to open the blinds. From the angle behind the arms are raised in a 3 O'clock position.

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Factual error: When Cameron melts down and starts kicking the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, he dents the front bumper. There is no way a human being could dent a pressed-steel, chromium-plated bumper by kicking it.

Charles Austin Miller

Continuity mistake: When the flower deliveryman goes to leave the Bueller house, he toots the horn before speeding off after Rooney flips him the bird. It then cuts to a wide shot of the front of the house and the van is gone. We never hear the van's tires clearing the bump between the driveway and the road, and the van would've had to be going excessively fast to have cleared the driveway in the time between hearing it set off and the wide shot.

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