21 Things You Never Noticed In “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
1. Ferris has a security camera rigged in his room
2. Ferris changes nine times before ever leaving the house
3. The Ferrari’s license plate reads “NRVOUS.”
4. And all the other license plates are nods to director John Hughes’ earlier films
Mr. Bueller’s reads “MMOM,” for Mr. Mom, Mrs. Bueller’s reads “VCTN,” for National Lampoon’s Vacation, Mr. Rooney’s reads “4FBDO,” or “For Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and Jeannie’s plate reportedly read “TCB” for The Breakfast Club, but there’s not a clear shot of it in the movie.
5. Another nod to a John Hughes movie — Ferris has a poster for Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” in his room
Of course, that’s the song from The Breakfast Club.
6. And while the high school’s name is never explicitly stated, this poster suggests Ferris Bueller goes to the same school as The Breakfast Club kids
Almost all of John Hughes’ films take place in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois.
7. It was apparently cool to carry around boomboxes in between class periods at Shermer High
8. The disguise Ferris wears to pick Sloane up at school is from the mannequin in his room
9. The nurse who pulls Sloane out of class is named Florence Sparrow, a play on Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing
10. There’s an issue with the close-ups in the Sears Tower scene
Judging by the wide shot, Ferris and Sloane should have another window next to them on the close-up, not wall. Hughes seemingly used the same set-up to film all three close-ups, even though it only works for where Cameron was standing.
11. Also, check out the hats these dudes are wearing
They were seemingly going to the parade later.
12. “Danke Schoen” is actually heard four times in the movie
Ferris sings it in the shower, Mr. Rooney hums it at the Bueller’s door, Ferris lip syncs it in the parade, and Jeannie sings it off camera while leaving the police station.
13. The synchronized dance to “Twist and Shout” borrows Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” choreography
Fun fact: Kenny Ortega choreographed Ferris Bueller, and would later go on to direct Michael Jackson’s This Is It.
14. Comedian Louie Anderson makes a cameo as the flower delivery guy
15. He actually comes to the house twice — once on his own, and again as part of the singing telegram team
16. This headline looks like it’s about Ferris, but the story isn’t
The article seemingly begins, “A Chicago policeman was killed…”
17. You probably recognize the water tower, but did you catch the Wrigley Field sign?
18. Cameron’s shirt is inside-out after the pool scene — and there appears to magically be lettering on it.
19. The pictures behind Ferris’ dad’s desk suggest there are four Bueller kids.
Apparently the original script called for four, but Hughes cut it down to just Ferris and Jeannie.
20. Sloane, who is supposed to be about 16, wears a Cartier watch
A similar watch costs almost $10,000 today.
21. Cameron dents the bumper of the Ferrari, but when we see the car after its fall, the bumper looks fine