Ferris Bueller's Day Off : Why does ferris have the British flag on his door?

Why does ferris have the British flag on his door?

Why would an American do this? Seems a little odd to me...

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Many Americans from the 1980's (and many now) love British Rock music. I would take it as a tribute.

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Yeah but rock music, especially punk, hates nationalism, flags and and all that crap. Why would you put up the flag of a foreign power that your country went to war with twice in the past (1776 and 1812)as some kind of tribute to the music of that country? Besides, americans and brits hate each other in general, just look at the message boards on the internet!

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It sure does seem that Americans and Brits hate each other, on the message boards anyway. I think people like to act rude for some reason. Those wars were along time ago and the United States right now is divided with its own politics.

Living here in the Chicago area I have seen some Brits here from time to time on a vacation (Holiday) and they seem like pleasant people. The only other reason I can think of why Ferris would had a British flag on his door is that it is a cool looking flag!

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Considering it was the mid-80s I'd think the flag was just there for decoration, not some kind of political statement. I remember wearing one version of an England flag on a T shirt because Def Leppard had made it popular.

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Mostly, I think it was a British Rock/Pop thing. British music was VERY popular when this movie came out. I don't use message boards as a gauge of whether a nation's people hate another nation's, because those screaming the loudest are the loose screws. I happen to love British 80s pop music, classic lit, movies and humour. Unless the subject is the Revolution, the War of 1812, or Culloden, I usually count them among the 'good guys'. That seems to be the opinion of most of the people I know....

American 'girls' are rather well known for loving them some British Boys... the Beatles, the Stones, Duran Duran, One Direction... I'm sure there were some in between, but we were out of the country for a large part of the 90s and 00s, so I wasn't really paying attention to place of origin.

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Yeah, people tend to be much ruder on the internet than they would actually dare to be face to face, for fear of starting a fight. Of course when people drink too much, this restraint usually disappears!

I went to Florida on holiday and it was great - I want to live in the USA because the UK is awful now. I guess marrying an an American woman would be the eaiest way to get a visa?

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I guess marrying an an American woman would be the eaiest way to get a visa?

Not necessarily. The US State department won't let a couple marry just to get the visa. They'll put the couple through all sorts of tests to make sure they actually have a relationship and aren't just faking it for the papers (have to show old pictures, etc., something to establish a prior relationship). A friend of mine married an Australian man and the verification process went on for quite a long time.

Nice to hear you like the States though :) I visited London last fall and had a marvelous time--I majored in English lit in college and know a lot of English history and it felt like I was coming home. Wonderful people.

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You do realise that they dont have public health care?. Plus to get cover it costs a fortune.

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Never judge a place based on a holiday visit. My ex-girlfriend also thought Florida was heaven based on one vacation visit. Of course, she had a great time. She didn't have to work. I had to explain to her simple behind that people who reside in Florida also must work for a living and look tired at the end of the day just like everyone else.

I noticed the British flag and didn't think much of it. As stated in previous comments it most likely was in honor of British music and culture. Ferris could have posted a European Union flag but that did not come into existence until seven years later in 1993.

I am an American. I heard Americans really love our flag. It is a tradition going back to Colonial times. Many Americans are Anglophiles. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. I just saw a documentary about the American Revolution. British "tyranny" did not sound that bad considering how some countries have treated their colonies. Some Americans during the Revolution wanted change, but not independence. Many former colonies have stayed on good terms with Great Britain and 54 belong to the Commonwealth of Nations. That speaks very well of the British.

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If you think Americans hate Brits because of the way people act on IMDB boards then you seriously need to get out more often. These boards are mostly just kids who talk out of their ass. Americans in general really like Brits - we just like to also make fun of them as well, especially for their love of that stupid monarchy.

and in the end they'll always be regarded as the US's greatest ally by far - next to Canada haha

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Brits - we just like to also make fun of them as well, especially for their love of that stupid monarchy.


Please don't assume that of all Brits. You couldn't be more wrong if you tried.
Bear in mind the monarchy live in palaces and do whatever they like, own whatever they want, and vacation wherever they want - all because *we* the taxpayer, gives them the money for it... yeah, we're not all as keen on it as you seem to think.

As for the whole younger royals thing; that's just turning into conventional celebrity stardom. The "royals" can now be seen getting wasted at parties, etc. It won't be long before there's no real gap between them and the Hiltons and Lohans of the world.

But at least we don't have to pay for Paris & Lindsay's excesses...

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as a Brit i don't think American's and Brit's hate each other we jest and take the pi*s, just like the Aussie's and Brit's do, most of it is good natured banter but i wouldn't take it as a genuine hatred of any kind, most American's I've met have been pleasant and nice. I might be wrong but i seem to remember a number of John Hughes film's have the Union Jack in them usually on someone's bedroom wall.

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You are an idiot. Maybe he has British ancestry, and its a tribute to his British heritage

"Besides, americans and brits hate each other in general, just look at the message boards on the internet! "

Wow you are an idiot. Speak for yourself not for people you don't even know. Every American or Brit doesn't go n this website.

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Ferris doesn't necessarily love Great Britain, he just loves the music during that period, early to mid '80s.

It's the same with people that love Reggae music, displaying the Ethiopian flag, or just it's colors of red, gold and green...or much less commonly the Jamaican flag. I'm pretty sure that those people don't necessarily love Ethiopia or Jamaica.

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But Ferris wasn't a punk rocker at all. He probably didn't listen to punk music. He seemed more into new wave. He seemed like just a normal teen who liked British bands, like Depeche Mode or The Cure.

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I understand this post is 6 years old, but what a load of nonsense.

The punk bands that you listen to might hate nationalism, but not all do. For better or worse, there are nationalist punk bands.

Brits and Americans do not "hate each other in general". Despite going to war with the US a couple of hundred years ago, we've fought as close allies in countless major conflicts since then. The closest you will generally get to hatred of Americans in the UK is contempt for the US government and its foreign policy. Aside from that, the majority of us Brits hold Americans in fairly high regard for the most part.

Everyone hates everyone on the internet, it isn't representative of the real world.

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maybe beacuse England is a"cool" country and British stuff in general is awesome!

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I live here and I can assure you it's not. Welfare spongers are breeding exponentially, taxes are thru the roof, the economy's a bag of *beep* , service is awful and the number of immigrants from 3rd world hell holes who just want to build ghettoes of their own is alarming. This place is finished; what the Nazis failed to do the globalists, politicians, bankers and multi-culturalist neo marxists have succeeded in: the destruction of British identity.

I can't wait to emigrate! How's America looking?

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This post is simply hilarious.

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"This post is simply hilarious."


Same here - it's hard to believe, Britain was the land that just kept giving music for 25 years. Where do you even start?

Beatles, Stone, The Who, Joe Cocker, Yardbirds, Bowie, Sex Pistols.

I kind of feel sorry people now. They DON'T get it one bit. They're hopeless.

Talk about about talking about the generation AFTER my generation.

Britain was solo synonymous with MUSIC there was no contest. It was like a mythical land, like a golden age of rock prophets.

If the people on this thread tried to watch "Spinal Tap" they would just be sitting there expressionless.

Oh well, life goes on, I guess.

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All flags are stupid, bout time we realised that and abolished countries too. Humans are pathetic with their petty tribal squabbles. No borders, no nations, no racism, one world, one love. Peace!

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Can we say "boring"?

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bout time we realised that and abolished countries too. Humans are pathetic with their petty tribal squabbles. No borders, no nations, no racism, one world, one love.


And no religion, too?

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Re; In honour of Bobby Sands
I'd know what I like to do with British flag.....


Feed it your idol, perhaps?.

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I know what I would like to do with British flag.

Eat it?





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Any of a number of reasons, including:

- It's kind of cool looking - I mean, just as a piece of graphic design.

- Tribute to British musical artists (as already mentioned). I don't think that's inherently a "punk" thing. There are lots of English bands that are popular in the US and have been since, oh, I don't know, about 1964.

- Anyway, why couldn't the British flag be motivated by fandom for punk bands? Did you get the notion that the Union Jack isn't "punk" from the official manual? Take a look at the cover of the Clash's first album.

- Maybe he's ethnically English, though, yeah, the name would suggest otherwise. Though his mother's father, for all we know, might have grown up in England.

- Souvenir of a vacation trip to London.

British and American people don't hate each other. The two countries are extremely friendly as a diplomatic matter, and I've generally found British people (in America or in Britain) to be pretty friendly.

I see flags of foreign countries hanging places, or being waved, all the time. Certainly you see Italy a lot, Ireland sometimes, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Israel, Korea, Nepal ....

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What makes it strike as particular odd to me is that Ferris seemed to not care much about Europe, as shown when he talked about the test.

Taslima: What are you doing here in L.A.?
Snake Plissken: Dying.

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His French flag was being cleaned.

Georgina: Are we safe here?
Michael: Does Albert read?

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At least he didn't have the Alabama state flag

Celebrating 70 years over the rainbow!

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I'm an American and I have a picture of John Lennon holding a French flag pinned up on my wall. Go figure.
Also, after seeing Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the first time yesterday, I have decided to hang a flag on my door, but probably a German flag if I can find one (because both sides of my family have roots in Germany).

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He also has a poster of Cabaret Voltaire, an English band from Manchester hanging up. It all goes along with the typical decor of 1980's New Wave. In fact, when this movie came out some teens had resentment over John Hughes exposing their very personal musical and clothing tastes to the masses through this and his other movies. I guess time proves though that people still don't "get it". =P

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I thought it was just a stylish thing personally, I'd be up for getting an Australian flag just because they look cool.

Question though, somebody said that the British and the Americans don't like each other although this thread doesn't seem to reflect that. I'm British and whenever I go to the USA I don't get any bother and people here that I know don't have a problem with american's, except George Bush but then most americans don't like him either, do they?

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There's also a Simple Minds poster. John Hughes always had very cool, hip musical references in his movies.

Sometimes there would even be an appearance by actual bands in his movies, like The March Violets in "Some Kind Of Wonderful".

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He liked the pattern. I had a Hong Kong flag hanging in my room when I was a teenager.

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Because he's such a WILD GUY! lol.

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Beatles fan. He sings Twist and Shout during the parade.

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That would be a possible explanation if, say, Sloane were British.

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You people have it all wrong!! Check out the other posters in his room: Blancmange, Killing Joke. Its obvious that Ferris has a taste for british obscure new wave/synthpop/goth acts of the 80s. Maybe the flag is there to reaffirm his big love for British popular culture. Even the trenchcoat with hat that he uses to pick up Sloane, looks like something they would wear in England. This taste for that culture, obviously comes from John Hughes himself. At that time he was into a lot of unknown english bands, and he grew up with the beatles. Maybe that's why he wrote Ferris that way. The sountrack for this film is notorious for its eclectic mix of obscure songs. Thats why Hughes never marketed it. He felt it wouldnt go well with the audience.

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^^^^
Thank you, Sendtownjose!
British synth pop was big in the 80s and Hughes filled a lot of his films' soundtracks with it. John Hughes was a huge Beatle fan. Even on the commentary he mentioned his room back when he was in high school during the 60's was covered with pages out of British Rock magazines. I've been watching this movie since I was a little kid, and I always had the feeling that the Union Jack was an appreciative nod to the British Invasion; both 60s (Stones, Beatles, The Who, etc.) and 80s (Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Culture Club, etc.) Also Ferris's room is plastered with posters from 80s English bands, Killing Joke, as mentioned, and also Cabaret Voltaire, Simple Minds (of course!), and Bryan Ferry. All synth UK musicians/bands.

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Ah, it's nothing :)... You're very kind.

Just doing old Ferris some justice. I'm surprised not even the rotating head user (an obvious reference to the beat's instrumental playing at the end) caught that one.

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On the DVD commentary John Huges says that he had the same kind of things put up in Ferris' room that he himself had in his room as a teenager.
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