Great Scene: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

March 16th, 2013 by

One of the most memorable scenes in one of the most memorable John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:


     EXT. STATE STREET. FLOAT

     Ferris is playing "TWIST AND SHOUT" on the accordian. The
     girls on the float are singing.

                              FERRIS
               WELL, SHAKE IT UP, BABY, NOW!

                              GIRLS
               SHAKE IT UP, BABY

                              FERRIS
               TWIST AND SHOUT!

                              GIRLS
               TWIST AND SHOUT!

                              FERRIS
               COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, BABY ON!
               COME ON AND WORK IT ON OUT!

                              GIRLS
               WORK IT ON OUT!

     EXT. STREET. SLOANE AND CAMERON

     They continue their conversation.

                              SLOANE
               The future's worse for a boy, isn't
               it?

     Cameron doesn't understand what she means.

                              SLOANE
               A girl can always bail out and
               have a baby and get some guy
               to support her.

                              CAMERON
               That's a pretty grim thought.

                              SLOANE
               True, but it's an option. No options
               is worse.

                              CAMERON
               I don't know what I'm gonna do.

                              SLOANE
               College.

                              CAMERON
               Yeah, but to do what?

                              SLOANE
               What are you interested in?

                              CAMERON
               Nothing.

                              SLOANE
               Me either.

     They walk on for a few beats. We HEAR "TWIST AND SHOUT"
     GROWING LOUDER AND LOUDER. The sons is taking over all the
     other tunes in the band. It's infecting the entire parade.

                              CAMERON
               What do you think Ferris is gonna
               do?

     EXT. STATE STREET. MARCHING BAND

     They're playing TWIST AND SHOUT.

     EXT. STREET. MOUNTED POLICE OFFICER

     He's singing.

                              POLICE OFFICER
               YOU KNOW YOU LOOK SO GOOD!

     EXT. STREET. PUNKS

     A band of PUNKS are dancing on the roof of a news kiosk.

                              PUNKS
               LOOK SO GOOD!

     EXT. STREET MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN

     A WOMAN and her two TODDLERS sing along.

                              WOMAN
               YOU KNOW YOU LOOK SO FINE!

                              TODDLERS
               LOOK SO FINE!

     EXT. STREET. BLACK TEENAGER

     He's wearing a shower cap and a maroon overcoat.

                              TEENAGER
               COME ON AND TWIST A LITTLE CLOSER!

     EXT. STREET. OLD NEWSPAPER SELLER

     He singing along.

                              NEWSPAPER SELLER
               TWIST A LITTLE CLOSER!

     EXT. STREET. CHOIR GROUP

     They're marching down the parade. They're singing in their
     angleic voices.

                              CHOIR
               AND LET ME KNOW THAT YOU'RE MINE!

     EXT. STREET. STREET CLEANERS

     With their brooms ready...

                              STREET CLEANERS
               KNOW THAT YOU'RE MINE!

     EXT. STREET. DECK

     The entire parade is singing and playing "TWIST AND SHOUT".

     EXT. STREET. VIEWING STAND

     The POLITICIANS and their WIVES stand up.

                              POLITICIANS AND WIVES
               AH!

     EXT. STREET. VIEWING STAND

     The CLERGYMEN stand.

                              CLERGYMEN
               AH!

     EXT. STREET. VETERANS

     Marching in formation and in WWII uniforms.

                              VETERANS
               AH!

     EXT. STREET. FLOAT

     Ferris leads the Beauty Queens in the rousing finale.

                              FERRIS
               AH!

     EXT. STREET. WIDE AND HIGH

     The entire parade is at frenzy pitch.

                              PARADE
               AHHHHH!

     The SOUND OF THE VOICES blends with the SOUND OF A RED-LINED
     HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE.

Here is the scene from the movie:

[Originally posted August 7, 2009]

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