The Best Behind The Scenes Stories Of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

By Kellar Ellsworth
The movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", written and directed by John Hughes. Seen here from left, Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye, Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson and Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller in the Art Institute of Chicago. Getty

The incomparable writer/director John Hughes owned the ‘80s. His 1986 “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” continues to charm generations long after its heyday. Incredibly, the quintessential ‘80s flick started with a simple one-sentence pitch from the iconic director to Paramount, "I want to do this movie about a kid who takes a day off from school and ... that's all I know so far."

Thanks to his impressive collection of Hollywood hits, that’s all Hughes needed to get the greenlight in what would become one of the greatest high school movies ever made. Here are the highlights of what made “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” such a classic.