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(1997)

Trivia

The first film of the franchise, which was not directed by Chris Columbus, nor featured music by John Williams.
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The first major role for Scarlett Johansson.
Macaulay Culkin refused to do this film, simply because he'd grown tired of the role, and felt that there was nothing else he could've done with it.
A rare positive review came from Chicago film critic Roger Ebert, who on his television show Siskel & Ebert (1986), called the film better than the first one, Gene Siskel nearly fell off his chair in disbelief at this remark.
Originally, it was planned to film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and Home Alone 3 back-to-back.
This was the final film of John Hughes' five picture contract with 20th Century Fox, to write, produce or direct, after the success of the original Home Alone (1990). He wrote and produced Dutch (1991), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Baby's Day Out (1994), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and this movie.
This was the last film of the franchise to be released theatrically. Home Alone 4 (2002) and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012) were both direct-to-video movies.
The original concept involved Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin McCallister, returning as a teenager. However, the plan was scrapped, as Culkin dropped out of acting three years earlier, as he thought he was outgrowing "childish" roles.
This is the only Home Alone film that takes place after Christmas.
The role of Alex was a coveted one, with over one hundred kids trying out for the part. Alex D. Linz won the part, beating another child star, Philip Petrie, who had also tried out for the part of Sammy in One Fine Day (1996), a role taken by Alex D. Linz.
At one stage, the script was considered being filmed as a television pilot, but in the end, the studio decided to go ahead and make it as a feature film. The reverse would later happen with Home Alone 4 (2002), which was originally intended to be a stand-alone television movie, but was restructured during production, to serve as a pilot for a television series that ultimately never went ahead.
The film is completely independent of the first two movies. There is no mention of Kevin, nor the McCallisters. The only link to Home Alone (1990) or Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), is the Chicago suburbs, where the original film takes place, Mr. Jernigan getting his region hit by a crowbar, and a portion of John Williams' score during the beginning credits. Marv and Harry were not mentioned either.
The directorial debut of Raja Gosnell, who previously edited Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
The scene where Alice hits Jerrigan with a field hockey stick, is similar to Home Alone (1990), where Marv hits Harry With a crowbar. They both say "Don't move" to their partner .
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Haviland Morris appeared in Sixteen Candles (1984), another film written by John Hughes.
When Macaulay Culkin declined to reprise his role as Kevin for the third outing, John Hughes briefly considered writing the screenplay with Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern reprising their roles as burglars Harry and Marv, respectively, who target Kevin's cousin Fuller (Macaulay's real-ife brother Kieran), and Fuller would be the main character, with Gerry Bamman and Terrie Snell reprising their roles and Fuller's parents Frank and Leslie, respectively, who go on vacation and leave Fuller home alone, to defend himself against Marv and Harry. The idea was scrapped, as Pesci and Stern refused to reprise their roles, and wanted to pursue other projects, and Kieran felt he couldn't follow in his brother's footsteps as the lead. Hughes then wrote an entirely different screenplay with no characters from the first two films.
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John Hughes approached Chris Columbus to direct the third installment once again, but Columbus declined, suggesting it should be directed by a filmmaker making his directorial debut, as the original Home Alone (1990) was the first film where he received public recognition as a director. Columbus also didn't feel comfortable working with an entirely new cast. Hughes then approached Raja Gosnell, who at that point, was noteworthy for editing the first two films, and he was given the job.
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Originally, the screenplay was written with the villains being former partners-in-crime to Marv and Harry from the first two films, but when Macaulay Culkin and the rest of the first two films' cast declined to have any involvement with this sequel, John Hughes refused to make any reference or connection to the previous installments.
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Haviland Morris, who played Alex D. Linz's mother in the film, is a natural redhead, along with Scarlett Johansson, who played her daughter in the film. Catherine O'Hara, who played Macaulay Culkin's mother in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), also had red hair: a tribute to the first two films.
Seth Smith (Stan) previously had a cameo in Getting Even with Dad (1994), starring Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin in the first two films.
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Originally, the concept of this film was to have Macaulay Culkin reprise his role as Kevin McCallister. This time instead of having Marv and Harry return as the burglars, Kevin would be defending himself against a group of new villains.
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Olek Krupa, Marian Seldes, Haviland Morris, Lenny von Dohlen, and David Thornton featured in the film, have all performed on Broadway, and at one time have been frequent guest stars on the NBC series Law & Order (1990), and its spinoffs.
In the first two movies, the McCallisters lived on Lincoln Boulevard. In this movie, the Pruitts live on Washington Street.
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The only product placement the first two films share with this one, is the use of American Airlines.
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The only film in the franchise not to take place during Christmastime.
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This is the second time in the franchise since the original to show the antagonists driving around in a van.
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There are only 4 females in this movie. Three adult and one young.
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Christopher Curry previously starred in C.H.U.D (1984) with Daniel Stern, whom starred in the first two Home Alone films.
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Second theatrical Home Alone film after Home Alone (1999$ to use a Chuck Berry song.
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The second theatrical Home Alone movie after Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) uses fireworks as a signal to the police to show them where the villains or one villain is located.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene in the garage, where Jernigan sees a pair of legs dangling out of the storage attic and he pulls on them, which are actually the legs of a dummy attached to a lawn mower starter, which starts and falls through the door onto Jernigan, was derived from the novelization of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), in which the same incident happens to Marv when he's searching the garage for Kevin.
This is the only film in the theatrical franchise where any of the relatives (in this case, the mom and the older siblings) find out that the main character(s) may be in danger and took down the bad guys by himself.
While this is the second Home Alone movie to feature a bad guy with a gun (or in this case, several all the bad guys), this is the only one in the franchise in which gun shots are fired from the villains.
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Alex shovels snow for the grouchy Mrs. Hess, whom he fears, but later gets to know. In the first film, Old Man Marley shovels snow, and is feared by Kevin because it is rumored that he is a serial killer, but the rumors turn out to be untrue.
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Marv and Harry didn't appear in this film, nor were they mentioned. But it is believed that Marv and Harry were formerly associated with the other villains.
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This is the only film in the theatrical franchise where the elder character, in this case Mrs. Hess, does not rescue the young protagonist like Old Man Marley and the Bird Lady rescued Kevin the the first and second films. Instead, the young protagonist, Alex, rescuses the elder character.
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