Originally Posted by dougotte
I've only ever seen Ferris on home video. Can you give more info (or link) about the original ending?
well it is all there on home video, but they did kind of alter it.
In the theatrical cut it had a fake ending, I forget exactly at what point, perhaps as early as when Rooney walks up to him laying on the doormat looking for the key, but probably it was a little bit later, like after he already got upstairs?? Anyway basically sometime around then the movie appeared to end and the credits started to roll (across the full width of the screen) and it was over.
Only then all of a sudden the credits stopped and it continued on again with some more footage (full screen width) starting either with when he got upstairs or more likely it was a bit later like perhaps when the principal's car started getting taken away? I really forget exactly when all the cuts were, '86 man
, but then they showed a bit more of Rooney chasing his car or whatever and then it ended and the credits rolled fullscreen again.
Only then all of a sudden the credits stopped and then it continued on again with more the end scenes like maybe with Rooney on the bus? and then after a bit more of that (full screen width) it was finally over.
Then maybe that happened again once more or maybe not. Anyway now it was over and the credits were rolling full screen only you didn't think it was over....
....you kept waiting as the credits scrolled by having already almost gotten tricked two or three times out of your seat before by fake endings so you sat there watching the credits scroll by waiting for more movie since you were pretty damn sure it was not actully over yet. Only it actually was this time and then at the very end of the credits Ferris pops up again and does that bit about "What are you still doing here? The movies over. Go on, get out of here, shoo shoo." or whatever it was he said exactly. and then the movie was finally 100% over.
anyway, now that you know the original theatrical cut, it probably makes those last few lines he delivers make a lot more sense, since on the video version you're probably thinking wtf is he going on about asking why are we still here when the movie has been continuously going the whole time (with the side by side credits/latter parts of the movie in the video cut), why shouldn't we still be watching?? It doesn't really make any sense at all anymore for him to have that final breaking the wall scene with the audience.
Anyway, it made the ending funnier and they timed all the cuts between the final sets of scenes and the credits pretty well and it all worked a little bit better and made a more sense that way, so it is kind of a shame that not a single TV airing or home video format has it cut the original way.
When it first showed up on TV they had the new cut you see now either because they were afraid as soon as a slow credit scroll started you'd click the remote or maybe it helped them get through credits faster so they woulnt have to cut as much to fit the film in 2 hours plus tons of commercials. And then when they brought it over to VHS I guess they stuck with the new ending edits fearing that without the darkened theater to kinda keep you around (and back in '86 they use to keep theaters dark well into the credits, not like nowdays) they figured you'd just switch off the disc or something or maybe they didn't want to remaster the ending and just re-used it from the TV cut.
Anyway, I'm not sure there is a link to the original ending since AFAIK only the actual film shown in theaters back in '86 ever had that cut. The TV/VHS/DVD and now blu-ray all have the modified cut. Maybe somebody got a really crappy bootleg video tape of it in the theater back in the day or something though?