Highland Park has formed backdrop for iconic 1980s movies, from ‘Risky Business’ to ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’
The original house used in the "Home Alone" movies is decorated to reflect film scenes, on Nov. 8, 2021, in Winnetka, Illinois. - Erin Hooley/TNS

Before Monday’s tragic mass shooting, affluent Highland Park, Illinois, had another claim to fame – as the film set for several iconic 1980s movies. One was “The Color of Money,” starring Paul Newman, Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in which Fast Eddie Felson teaches pool hustling to a mentee. The tony neighborhood also formed the backdrop for family tension in “Ordinary People,” the 1980 drama starring Robert Redford, Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton, about a family being ripped apart after the death of a son. There was also the 1992 “Prelude to ...