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“Save Ferris” 30 years later

by Mark Burger

“Bueller ? Bueller ?” With that, former Richard Nixon speechwriter and future game-show host Ben Stein cemented his status in pop culture, delivering those lines while taking attendance in a typical high-school classroom filled with bored students.

He is, of course, referring to Ferris Bueller, high-school senior and all-around hipster, played by Matthew Broderick in one of his most iconic performances. Some three decades after he, girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck) decided to play hooky from school, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off returns to the big screen to celebrate its 30 th birthday.

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies have teamed up with Paramount Pictures to bring the much-loved comedy to more than 650 cinemas throughout the nation, including the Brassfield Cinema 10 (2101 New Garden Road) and the Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave.) in Greensboro and The Grand 18 Winston-Salem IMAX (5601 University Parkway). The film will be screened twice (2 pm and 7 pm) on Sunday and again next Wednesday.

Written, produced and directed by John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was an immediate hit with critics and audiences alike. The film grossed over $70 million in its initial theatrical run, became a blockbuster home-video title, and earned Broderick a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor (Comedy or Musical).

Conceived as a valentine to his Windy City hometown, Chicago is very much a major player in the proceedings, as Ferris, Sloane and Cameron romp through the city despite relentless pursuit by Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), the high-school’s dean of students, and Ferris’ own sister Jeannie (Jennifer Grey), both of whom would like nothing better than to see him get his comeuppance.

The film also stars Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward as Mom and Dad Bueller, Edie McClurg, Richard Edson, Second City comedy legend Del Close, Kristy Swanson, and Charlie Sheen in a memorable cameo as a juvenile delinquent with a unique philosophy (The same might be said of Sheen in real life.)

Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz will introduce the film and share trivia and tidbits from its production, as well as discussing its lasting popularity with audiences.

In addition to these screenings, Paramount has lined up a full array of events celebrating the legacy of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, including special activities at Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago, one of the film’s most memorable locations; “Ferris Fest,” which is scheduled to take place in Chicago May 20-22, will include special screenings of the films with cast members in attendance; an opening-night ’80s-themed high-school dance hosted by DJ Richard Blade; a re-staging of the film’s famous parade sequence; a tour of key filming locations throughout the city; and a Chicago Cubs home game (June 17) in which 5,000 fans who arrive early will receive “Save Ferris” T-shirts. If you have plans to visit the Windy City and want to join in the fun, check out ww.FerrisFest.com.

The film will also make its iTunes debut on May 17, replete with new bonus features. !

MARK BURGER can be heard Friday mornings on the “Two Guys Named Chris” radio show on Rock-92. © 2016, Mark Burger.

WANNA go?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be screened 2 pm and 7 pm Sunday, and 2 pm and 7 pm Wednesday, (May 18) at Brassfield Cinema 10 (2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro), Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave., Greensboro) and The Grand 18 Winston-Salem IMAX (5601 University Parkway, Winston-Salem). Tickets for Brassfield are $5 (general admission) for the 2 pm screenings on May 15 and May 18, $7 (general admission) and $5 (senior citizens and children) for the 7 pm screenings on May 15 and May 18. Tickets for Greensboro Grande are $13.34 (general admission) for all screenings. Tickets for The Grand 18 are $12.50 (general admission) for all screenings. For advance tickets or more information, visit the official Fathom Events website: www.FathomEvents.com.

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