The original script was much longer than what we were eventually given. The first version of the movie was 165 minutes long, which is more than 50% longer than the final 103 min. It’s very common that a movie’s editor finished with less than what they started with, but this makes us really curious.
What on earth did Ferris and his friends manage to do in the remaining 62 minutes that were never shown in the movie?
Slightly Older in Real Life
Mattew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Jennifer Grey are all in their 20s when they play in the movie (not uncommon in the 1980s teen movies). In the movie, they are constantly surrounded by real teenagers, defying the gap years between the three main stars and the rest of the cast.
This was internationally done as John Hughes explains, wanting to make the three stars stand out even more and not blend in. Mia Sara (Sloane Peterson) on the other hand, was only 17 when shooting the movie.
A Teenager's Den
Like everything, the interior design of Ferris's room has a story behind it. It's not as if the designers decided to throw whatever came to hand and place it in the teenager's den, creating an average teen room appearance. A lot of thought was put behind the decor.
Hughes (writer and co-producer) was influenced by his own teenagers. He said that Ferris Buellers room reminded him of his own room back in the days and that it reflects the sort of character Ferris was.
It's All in His Head
There are many speculations about the movie, and this one going to amaze you. Apparently, some people claim that the entire story of Ferris Bueller's day is actually set in Cameron’s head. Maybe this explains why Cameron has some very significant lines throughout the plot.
He's the one who drives Ferris into stealing his dad's car, and the one who imitates Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago. Now, at first, none of this makes sense, but as we think deeper into this speculation, anything is possible. Especially in the 1986 Chicago world.
The First and Final Scenes
We love movies that break the fourth wall, keeping us connected and part of the story. In the movie, the opening scene and the grand finale provide a straightforward message from Bueller to the viewers. Both scenes were shot after the movie was complete, and only then added.
The producer felt that after two months of shooting the movie, he kind of built a relationship with the character, enabling him to take advantage (in a good way) of what he had created.