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Ferris' High School (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Dir: John Hughes, 1986)

Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer, Road, Northbrook, Illinois, USA.

John Hughes used this high school twice and both films are cult 80’s gems - ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’. These films pretty much shaped this generations idea of how high school should be done.

While most of the film is shot in Hughes’ home town (he used to live right nearby this high school) of Chicago, Ferris’s house for some reason is in L.A. at Long Beach, 4160 Country Club dr. (It’s on all the location tours of L.A. so you can’t miss it.).

The most important piece of movie trivia I can impart to you is that Cameron’s Dad’s Ferrari isn’t a real Ferrari (it was too expensive to hire one)! It still makes me cringe when I watch that scene when it gets killed but it’s actually a fibreglass model - they made three… The other good Ferris stories are that the parade is real footage, the bits with Matthew Broderick were shot the following week and 10,000 people showed up to be extras, and Charlie Sheen stayed up for 48 hours so that he could appear suitably drugged up for his scene in the police station - likely story…

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