Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ferris Bueller turns 25

Actually, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off" turned 25 in June, but the 25th anniversary DVD is out today.
With no further ado, here are my 10 favorite lines from that oh-so-quotable movie.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." (Quoted in the introduction to our book!)

"I do have a test today, that wasn't bullshit. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still doesn't change the fact that I don't own a car."
"When Cameron was in Egypt's land... let my Cameron go!"

"Never had one lesson!"

Maitre D': You're Abe Froman?
Ferris: That's right, I'm Abe Froman.
Maitre D': The Sausage King of Chicago?

'In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the... Anyone? Anyone?... the Great Depression, passed the... Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?... raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. "Voodoo" economics."

"Excuse me: if whoever was in this house is still in the house, I'd like you to know that I've just called the police. I'd also like to add that I've got my father's gun and a *scorching* case of herpes.'

"This is my ninth sick day this semester. It's pretty tough coming up with new illnesses. If I go for ten, I'm probably going to have to barf up a lung, so I better make this one count."

Ed Rooney: What's the score?
Pizza Joint Owner: Nothin' nothin'.
Ed Rooney: [not really listening] Who's winning?
Pizza Joint Owner: The Bears.

"Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude."

More great "Ferris" quotes here.

Did you know Alan Ruck was 29 and married when he played 17-year-old Cameron Frye? Like most of us, John Hughes identified more with Cameon than with suave Ferris. Here's a 1986 interview with Ruck about the role.

Are you a Ferris fan? What's your favorite line or scene?


Jackie said...

Love Ferris! Hard to believe it's been 25 years. I remember so clearly first seeing the movie in theatres.

I've written a 25th anniversary Ferris Bueller-Chicago travel article for the Toronto Star newspaper. Check it out if you're interested...

LaneHat said...

"If we played by rules, right now we'd be in gym."

I may have used this as my facebook status a few weeks ago when I went to a day game at Safeco Field. Maybe.

Doug said...

I remember seeing it in the theater-it went to a dollar theater (literally, tickets were a buck) and we would go see it two or three times a week. I think I saw it a dozen times!

Michelle said...

Best movie ever. Ferris helped an entire generation from taking itself too seriously. My favorite line is the "never had one lesson", only because I played the clarinet for nine years and never took a private lesson either. SAVE FERRIS!