Ferris Bueller's Day Off script
Synopsis: Ferris Bueller is a clever and tricky fast talker, a legend in his own time. He decides to call out sick from school, feigning illness, to embark on a wild adventure involving his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson, his best friend Cameron Frye, and a Ferrari. From Wrigley Field to the Art Institute of Chicago to a Polish Pride parade, Bueller and friends intend on making the most of their day off. However, Ferris' sister and the school dean, Ed Rooney, suspect that Ferris is simply pretending to be ill. Both Rooney and Ferris' sister Jeanie are hot on Ferris' trail and are determined to catch him and his friends in the act of class-cutting.

She leans down and kisses his forehead. Tom pats his



Get some rest.


Ferris lets out a wheeze. His glassy eyes follow his parents

to the door.


We love you, sweetie.


Call if you need us.

They close the door. The lock clicks. Ferris' eyes shift

from the door to CAMERA. A sly, little smile crawls across

his lips.


They bought it.

The MTV theme music ROARS IN.


The TV at the foot of Ferris' bed. The MTV logo is playing.


Ferris yanks open the drapes. The pall of the sickroom

disappears in the brilliant glow of morning sunlight.


Incredible! One of the worst performances

of my career and they never doubted it

for a second.

(looks out the window)

What a beautiful day!

He turns from the window.


Parents always fall for the clammy hands.

It's physical evidence of illness. It's

a good, non-specific symptom. Parents are

generally pretty hip to the fever scams.

And to make them work you have to go a hundred

and one, hundred and two. You get a nervous

mother and you end up in a doctor's office

and that's worse than school.

He flips on his stereo and fills the room with the MTV

broadcast. A NEW SONG begins.


Fake a stomach cramp and when you're

doubled over, moaning and wailing, just

lick your palms. It's a little stupid

and childish but then so if high school.


He equalizes the sound a little.


This is my ninth sick day with semester.

If I go for ten, I'm probably going to

have to barf up a lung. So, I absolutely

must make this one count.

He exits into the hallway.


Ferris walks into the bathroom. It's littered with Jean's

debris. He turns on the shower water.

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John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed and/or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club (1985), the coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink (1986), the romance Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), the Christmas family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). more…

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