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Home Alone (1990)

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

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It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. Written by John Wiggins

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But don't worry... He cooks. He cleans. He kicks some butt. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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16 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Mi pobre angelito  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$285,761,243 (USA)
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Trivia

After securing Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern, Chris Columbus felt confident enough to cast actors and actresses who were his heroes growing up, like Catherine O'Hara, after seeing her work on SCTV (1976), as well as John Heard, and then later Tim Curry and Rob Schneider in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), because they were all open to the films. See more »

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The plane in the movie is a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10, which was flown by American Airlines, however it was only used for domestic flights due to its limited range of 3500 miles. There was a long range version used for intercontinental flights, the DC-10-30, but that one had three sets of rear landing gear. It is clearly visible during the takeoff scene that this one only has two sets of rear landing gear, so it is definitely a DC-10-10 which could have never made the trip from Chicago to Paris. See more »

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Kevin McCallister: [to Santa's helper] This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys. Nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?
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Referenced in Home Improvement: Home Alone (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Produced by John Williams
Performed by Mel Tormé (as Mel Torme)
Courtesy of Concord Records
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A timeless classic
23 November 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Oh, come on, IMDb users. How could this film get only a 6.5? Yes, it's a kid's movie, but I know plenty of adults(not including myself) who loved this film. It touches our hearts, and tickles our funny bones. Not to mention I think in one way or another we could relate to it. That's why it remains a classic Christmas comedy.

Home Alone is not only one of the highest box office successes of all time, but it deserves more praise. Mac showed a talent that very little child stars have now-a-days. He brought in a great comedy about a boy who accidentally is left home alone when his family goes on vacation and takes on two burglars.

Yeah, it's quit unrealistic about the burglars, but honestly, this is a terrific family film. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are the perfect comedy duo of two idiots who can't rob the place because a 8 year old child has out witted them and set some clever and very funny traps around the house.

Please give this movie a chance, it's just terrific and I guarantee nothing but great laughs for you and the whole family.

10/10


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