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Home Alone -- An eight year-old, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.


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Writer (WGA):
John Hughes (written by)
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Release Date:
16 November 1990 (USA) See more »
A Family Comedy Without The Family. See more »
An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Heartwarming Holiday family classic. See more (281 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Macaulay Culkin ... Kevin McCallister

Joe Pesci ... Harry Lime

Daniel Stern ... Marv Merchants

John Heard ... Peter McCallister

Roberts Blossom ... Old Man Marley

Catherine O'Hara ... Kate McCallister

Angela Goethals ... Linnie McCallister

Devin Ratray ... Buzz McCallister

Gerry Bamman ... Uncle Frank
Hillary Wolf ... Megan McCallister

John Candy ... Gus Polinski

Larry Hankin ... Officer Balzak

Michael C. Maronna ... Jeff McCallister

Kristin Minter ... Heather McCallister
Diana Rein ... Sondra McCallister (as Daiana Campeanu)
Jedidiah Cohen ... Rod McCallister

Kieran Culkin ... Fuller McCallister

Senta Moses ... Tracy McCallister
Anna Slotky ... Brooke McCallister

Terrie Snell ... Aunt Leslie
Jeffrey Wiseman ... Mitch Murphy
Virginia Smith ... Georgette McCallister
Matt Doherty ... Steffan
Ralph Foody ... Johnny - Gangster #1
Michael Guido ... Snakes - Gangster #2

Ray Toler ... Uncle Rob

Billie Bird ... Woman in Airport

Bill Erwin ... Man in Airport

Gerry Becker ... Officer #1
Victor Cole ... Officer #2
Porscha Radcliffe ... Cousin
Brittany Radcliffe ... Cousin

Clarke Devereux ... Officer Devereux
Dan Charles Zukoski ... Pizza Boy
Lynn Mansbach ... French Woman

Peter Siragusa ... Lineman

Alan Wilder ... Scranton Ticket Agent

Hope Davis ... French Ticket Agent

Dianne B. Shaw ... Airline Counter Person
Tracy J. Connor ... Check Out Girl
Jim Ryan ... Stock Boy

Ken Hudson Campbell ... Santa

Sandra Macat ... Santa's Elf

Mark Beltzman ... Stosh

Ann Whitney ... Drugstore Clerk
Richard J. Firfer ... Store Manager

Jim Ortlieb ... Herb the Drugstore Clerk
Kate Johnson ... Police Operator
Michael Hansen ... Airport Driver
Peter Pantaleo ... Airport Driver
Jean-Claude Sciore ... French Gate Agent
Monica Devereux ... Flight Attendant
Edward Bruzan ... Polka Band Member
Frank Cernugel ... Polka Band Member
Eddie Korosa ... Polka Band Member
John Hardy ... Polka Band Member
Robert Okrzesik ... Polka Band Member
Leo Perion ... Polka Band Member
Vince Waidzulis ... Polka Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lionel Barrymore ... Henry F. Potter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Irene Columbus ... Woman with Baby on Flight to Paris (uncredited)
Larry Nazimek ... Airline Pilot (uncredited)

Paula Newsome ... Shopper who tells Kevin which aisle Fabric Softener can be found (uncredited)

Yuri Rutman ... Sailor In O'Hare Airport (uncredited)

Luciano Saber ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Linda Wylie ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Columbus 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
Tarquin Gotch .... executive producer
John Hughes .... producer
Mark Levinson .... executive producer
Mark Radcliffe .... associate producer
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... executive producer (as Scott Rosenfelt)
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Julio Macat (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Raja Gosnell 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
John Muto 
Art Direction by
Dan Webster 
Set Decoration by
Eve Cauley 
Daniel B. Clancy  (as Dan Clancy)
Costume Design by
Jay Hurley 
Makeup Department
Dominic Mango .... assistant hair stylist
Linda Melazzo .... assistant makeup artist
Kimberly Phillips .... key makeup artist (as Kim Phillips)
Linda Rizzuto .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Mack Bing .... unit production manager
Ron Payne .... post-production supervisor
Jeanne Van Cott .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Giovannetti Jr. .... second assistant director
Geoffrey Hansen .... second second assistant director (as Geoff Hansen)
Mark Radcliffe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Troy Borisy .... lead person
William Dambra .... property master (as Bill Dambra)
Edward England .... construction coordinator (as Eddie England)
Karen Fletcher Trujillo .... set designer (as Karen Fletcher-Trujillo)
William B. Fosser .... set designer (as Bill Fosser)
Joeseph H. Gilmartin .... construction foreman (as Joe Gilmartin)
Randy Gordon .... construction foreman
Mark Haack .... assistant to production designer
Kim S. Hobbs .... assistant set decorator
Bill Jackson .... art department
Cyril H. Matthys .... set dresser (as Cyril Matthys)
Amie McCarthy .... buyer
John Mikels .... stand-by painter
Pat Raney .... construction foreman
Sam Ruggiero .... buyer
Barb Schuppert .... assistant props
Paul Stanwyck .... painter
Robert Bernacchi .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
David J. Chamerski .... props (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... signwriter (uncredited)
Troy Osman .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Robert Batha .... assistant sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Chau .... sound editor
Chris Connelly .... sound recordist
Dino Dimuro .... sound editor
Victor Ray Ennis .... assistant sound editor (as Victor Ennis)
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound designer
Stan Gilbert .... supervising adr editor
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Hearst .... sound editor (as Raoul)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley mixer (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound editor
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Kelly Oxford .... sound editor
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
Bob Ryan .... cable person
Jill Smith .... assistant sound editor (as Jill A. Smith)
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Kim Waugh .... digital sound effects recordist
Tim Webb .... sound recordist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey A. Williams .... boom operator (as Jeff Williams)
Cory Coken .... additional adr recordist (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Steve Mann .... sound editor (uncredited)
David Young .... digital sound technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sam Barkan .... special effects foreman
Fran Beirs .... first special effects
Kenny Myers .... special effects makeup (as Ken Myers)
William Purcell .... special effects coordinator (as Bill Purcell)
Ron Wild .... assistant special effects makeup (as Ron Wild-Figuly)
Visual Effects by
Kevin Nordine .... optical effects
Troy Brown .... stunts (as Troy James Brown)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Leon Delaney .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Rick LeFevour)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts (as Manuel Perry)
William Purcell .... stunts
Troy Brown .... stunt double: Joe Pesci (uncredited)
Leon Delaney .... stunt double: Daniel Stern (uncredited)
Larry Nicholas .... stunt double: Macaulay Culkin (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Allen Jr. .... grip
Art Bartels .... key grip
Rick Brown .... grip (as Richard D. Brown)
Michelle Crenshaw .... second assistant camera
Vincent Donohue .... chief lighting technician (as Vince Donohue Jr.)
Lex DuPont .... first assistant camera
John P. Friday .... electrician (as John Friday)
Brian C. Glover .... camera assistant: "b" camera (as Brian Glover)
Mark R. Lindberg .... electrician (as Mark Lindberg)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Greg Lundsgaard)
Danial Miller .... dolly grip (as Danial A. Miller)
Dick Oakes .... best boy electric
Brad Ruby .... camera loader
Dick Sayers .... grip
Ronald Sherman .... generator operator (as Ron Sherman)
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Dennis Smith .... camera operator
Tama Takahashi .... first assistant camera
Nick Thomas .... best boy electric
Joe Tomko Jr. .... best boy grip (as Joseph Tomko Jr.)
Casting Department
Jacqueline King .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Jackie King)
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (uncredited)
Barbara L. Roche .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mickey Antonetti .... costume supervisor
Jane Blank .... seamstress
Jennifer Jobst .... costumer
Cathy Newport-Logan .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant editor
Kathryn Himoff .... assistant editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer (as Michael Milliken)
Tim Silano .... first assistant editor
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
L. James Langlois .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Terry Brown .... scoring crew
Chuck Garsha .... scoring crew
Jo Ann Kane .... music copyist
John Neufeld .... orchestrator
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Armin Steiner .... scoring mixer
Jorge Vdovichenko .... scoring crew
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Angela Morley .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Frank Brichetto .... driver
John Hardy .... transportation captain
James Hogan .... transportation captain
Patrick Lynn .... driver
Kevin Maxwell .... driver
Tom O'Malley .... driver (as Thomas O'Malley)
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator
Arnie Plutz .... driver
George Voss .... driver
Other crew
Jacolyn Baker .... location manager
Craig Bernstein .... assistant: Mr. Rosenfelt
Raymond Bulinski .... craft service (as Ray Bulinski)
Kathleen Caton .... production coordinator
Andrew Charlton .... set production assistant
Elizabeth Devereux .... assistant: Mr. Columbus
Heather Ehret .... location production assistant
Jan Evans .... script supervisor
Adam Goodman .... office production assistant
Charmian Jago .... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Tammy Karabas .... assistant production coordinator
Aimee Kohn .... set production assistant
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist (as Ernest Malik)
Mark Mamalakis .... assistant location manager
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production accountant (as Dianne Cheek Blasco)
Bill Ryan .... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Gayle Sandler .... assistant production accountant
Bob Saunders .... office production assistant
Robert Schick .... set production assistant
Seth Vamos .... set production assistant
Jane Vickerilla .... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Judith Walder .... accounting assistant
Cathy Weiss .... production secretary
Kevin Bassett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies technician (uncredited)
Ross L. Kulma .... set paramedic (uncredited)
Bailey Pryor .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Bailey Pryor .... production assistant (uncredited)
Billy Gallagher .... special thanks: Winnetka Police Department (as Lt. Bill Gallagher)
Charles Geocaris .... special thanks: Chicago Film Office
Lisa Howard .... special thanks
Colleen McShane .... special thanks
Joe Sumner .... special thanks: Winnetka Police Department (as Lt. Joe Sumner)
Crew verified as complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the scene where Harry attempts to bite off Kevin's finger, Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin, leaving a scar on his finger.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Kevin is having a flashback of his family yelling at him, we see Linnie turn around and go down the stairs. When this actually happens, we don't see her turn around at all. However, the other flashback visions were also not shown exactly as they had happened earlier in the film. They were all a little exaggerated as usually happens in a kid's mind.See more »
Harry:[sitting outside the McCallister house] I don't get it. I mean right now it looks like there's nobody home. Last night the place was jumping. Something ain't right.
Harry:[to Marv]
Harry:Go check it out.
Marv:[Stares blankly] Now?
Harry:No tomorrow, egghead. NOW! GET! "Now".
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101 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
Heartwarming Holiday family classic., 18 February 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

'Home Alone' has succeeded in establishing itself as a Christmas tradition, spawning off three sequels (including a made-for-television flop), and a whole franchise in and of it.

Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin McCallister, the average American child. He has an attitude almost expected of a Chris Columbus film from the eighties. He lives with a large family, which, right now, being around Christmas time, is about quadrupled, flooded by relatives' children, all of whom pick on poor, poor Kevin (sympathy long lost later into the film).

One day Kevin wakes up from his sleep to find his wish has come true: his parents (John Heard and Catherine O'Hara) have disappeared. Enthralled by this, he proceeds to do everything and anything he was not allowed to do before, including eating ice cream in the morning, watching violent gangster films, jumping on the bed, wrecking his brother's room, and having some fun with a BB gun. Unfortunately for Kevin, his parents have not just disappeared - they have accidentally left him at home before going to Paris!

Trouble really starts when two pesky burglars, Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) and Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern), decide that their next burglary will be at the McCallister residence. Little do they know Kevin is more than prepared, arming the house with an array of booby-traps that would impress top spies in the American government.

John Hughes, writer/director/producer of my favorite comedy, 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles,' wrote this film, and it is no wonder. It is just like Hughes' humor. It mixes emotion, belly laughs and a warm-hearted ending all into one little bundle called a movie. John Hughes' films, in my experience, are usually very good, mainly because he approaches films at a very classic level. He doesn't resort to crude, kid jokes, like 'The Master of Disguise' or 'The Tuxedo,' to name a few recent flops. He almost always levels everything out perfectly in his scripts, and nothing is different here. Also, he places Kevin and co. in a large brick home in a large neighborhood in Chicago; a home that very much resembles those in 'Planes.' and 'Uncle Buck' (I would not be surprised if it is the same home).

As for the acting.

Macaulay Culkin is not at his best here. His best performance would have to be in an earlier John Hughes film named 'Uncle Buck,' where he had more of a cute charm than an acting charm. Here, he could barely act his way out of a plastic bag. Fortunately, with great performances by John Heard, Catherine O'Hara, Pesci and Stern, his bad acting is long forgotten by the time we become absorbed into the film.

John Heard and Catherine O'Hara bring Kevin's parents to life. They seem almost complete opposites. Kevin's father, Peter (Heard), is very calm and laidback. His mother, Kate (O'Hara) is extremely nervous almost all the time, fretting throughout the film. She is aggravated very easily and, like all mothers, her instinctive nature to care for her child is what drives her to the point she goes to in the film.

And then there's Pesci and Stern. My favorite lot of the film. They perfectly blend humor, pain and aggravation to the film.

Pesci's character Harry is very strict, easily agitated and picks on Marv for a great many things. Marv, the stereotypical 'tall, stupid one,' is completely stupid. He does things that would make a hamster blush. Yet he is the character I have found many like the most, mainly because he is so stupid you have to feel sorry for him. Stern brings a great trait to the character of Marv, and I am very pleased he got the part. It's a hard choice to decide which baddie is better, so I just say I like them both the same.

All in all, 'Home Alone' is probably the best Christmas movie to rise out of the film industry in the last twenty years. It seamlessly blends humor, pain, emotion, human instinct and some great booby-traps all into one little bundle. This film has stood the test of time greatly.

4.5/5 stars -

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