Hard to believe but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. The comedy smash was written, directed and produced by John Hughes, who enjoyed a string of successes in a stunning 10-year stretch, and starred the ageless* Matthew Broderick, who was only 23 during filming.
Hughes’ remarkable output included the scripts for National Lampoon’s Vacation series and the Home Alone series, and he wrote and directed such pop culture landmarks as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Among the actors that he’s forever associated with are the late John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Molly Ringwald and Broderick. Hughes died in 2009 of a heart attack at just 59.
Broderick stars as a delightfully charming high school student who, with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara, just 18 when the movie was released) and best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck, 29 when it was released), ditches school to enjoy one perfect day as a kid with no responsibilities. The beloved comedy about Ferris’ wild adventures in the Windy City during a single, glorious day off continues to be enjoyed, quoted and revered more than 30 years after its theatrical debut.
The movie was a big hit, earning over $70 million. It reportedly cost less than $6 million to make.
Broderick has been in dozens of films and frequently switches to Broadway roles where he has earned two Tony Awards, often acting opposite Nathan Lane. (Both were nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for The Producers, for which Lane won.)
The scene where Ferris takes over downtown Chicago and lip syncs to The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” is our Classic Video, beginning at the 1:54 mark…
*We described Broderick as being “ageless.” While he retains his boyish looks, fact is he actually turned 55 on March 21, 2017.