Ferris Bueller’s Rottie

What movie goer can forget the scene from the 1986 comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, when student dean, Ed Rooney “got his” from the family Rottweiler? Retribution came after the Rooney character used a flower arrangement to knock the dog out cold (a scene the dog pulled off after being given a “play dead” command from trainers as they arranged debris around him).
A few more bits of trivia:
  • Ferris Bueller’s “movie home” was a real family’s home, but the dog door seen on the door leading out of the kitchen was added just for the movie, and replaced immediately after filming was done.
  • There were actually two Rotties used in the movie: One was trained to be calm (the one seen sleeping through the peep hole), and the other was the dog who chased Rooney, an action scene enhanced, no doubt, by the raw steak actor, Jeffrey Jones, carried in his jacket pocket.
  • The script that took only six days to write became one of the top-grossing films of the year, and in 2014, was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.  Since tomorrow is a dreaded Monday morning, replay in your mind one of the movie’s most famous scenes as you drift off:

3 thoughts on “Ferris Bueller’s Rottie”

  1. LOVED this movie but always figured poor Cameron ended up with the Heaven’s Gate cult.

  2. And did you know that the actor who played Cameron was 29 years old at the time?! Talk about young looking! There are some Ferris Bueller trivia sites on-line, but there are few tidbits about the Rottie (there’s never enough about the dog) – we couldn’t even find the name of the dog who played that part! Hiss.

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