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Sunday, May 25, 2008

sunday is movie night..

Sunday's are good because they show the best retro flicks on the tele. Right now I'm watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Thought I'd check out some trivia about the classic flick. Here are some that I came up with..

* Cameron's father's Ferrari wasn't a real Ferrari. Because it was too expensive to rent one, they made three fake ones with a fiberglass body.

* Grace the Secretary pretending to be Ed on the phone call was improvised.

* When the Ferrari crashed, the fiberglass hood ripped, but branches were put over the rip to make sure the camera didn't record it.

* A number of key moments in the movie were created in the editing room: Jeannie kicking Rooney three times in the face (when there was in fact only one kick filmed); Ferris and Sloane's kiss in front of Roonie was originally just a brief kiss, but was later edited into the long "incestuous" kiss seen on film.

* To produce the desired drugged-out effect for his role as the drug addict in the police station, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot.

* Ferris wears a different outfit in each scene before he and Cameron go to pick up Sloane.

* Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris's parents, married in real life after filming this movie.

* Mia Sara says that Matthew Broderick actually tickled her feet and knees to get her to laugh naturally in the taxicab scene.

* Alan Ruck was 29 years-old when he played the role of Cameron.

* The line Ferris says in the bathroom at the French restaurant about Cameron's house being very pretty and very cold was originally supposed to be said by Allison in The Breakfast Club (1985) regarding her home life.

* Ferris's sampler/synthesizer is an E-MU Emulator II.

* During the parade several of the people seen dancing (including the construction worker and the window washer) originally had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played and John Hughes found it so humorous that he told the camera operators to record it.

* The poster behind Ferris Bueller's bed is of Bryan Ferry.

* John Hughes wrote the script in six days.

* Even though they played siblings, stars Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey would later become engaged after this movie.

* The short scene with the coughing keyboard was actually improvised by Matthew Broderick. This is explained in the commentary on the DVD.

* Matthew Broderick improvised the scene and the line with the clarinet: "Never had ONE lesson!"

* The scene in which Sloane and Ed Rooney are standing outside, waiting for Mr. Peterson, the school in the background was John Hughes's old high school.