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089 – TFFP: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

EP89- Ferris Bueller's Day Off - courtesy of Kevin Spencer - inkspatters.comIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’re skipping school John Hughes style as we revisit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)!

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Directed by: John Hughes

Screenplay by: John Hughes

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, and Jeffrey Jones

Synopsis (from Wikipedia)Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a 1986 American coming of age comedy film written and directed by John Hughes.

The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), who decides to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. Accompanied by his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), he creatively avoids his school’s Dean of Students Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), his resentful sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), and his parents. During the film, Bueller frequently breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera to explain to the audience his techniques and thoughts.

Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week and shot the film—on a budget of $5.8 million—over several months in late 1985. Featuring many famous Chicago landmarks including the then Sears Tower and the Art Institute of Chicago, the film was Hughes’ love letter to the city: “I really wanted to capture as much of Chicago as I could. Not just in the architecture and landscape, but the spirit.”

Released by Paramount Pictures on June 11, 1986, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off became one of the top grossing films of the year and was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike.

This week’s movie picks are:

Jason’s Pick:

Silence of the Lambs (1991) 

Joel’s Pick:

Sleepwalkers (1992) 

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