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Home Alone (1990)

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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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Chris Columbus

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Kevin
Joe Pesci ... Harry
Daniel Stern ... Marv
John Heard ... Peter
Roberts Blossom ... Marley
Catherine O'Hara ... Kate
Angela Goethals ... Linnie
Devin Ratray ... Buzz
Gerry Bamman ... Uncle Frank
Hillary Wolf ... Megan
John Candy ... Gus Polinski
Larry Hankin ... Officer Balzak
Michael C. Maronna ... Jeff
Kristin Minter ... Heather
Diana Rein ... Sondra (as Daiana Campeanu)
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Storyline

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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When Kevin's family left for vacation, they forgot one minor detail: Kevin. But don't worry... He cooks. He cleans. He kicks some butt. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home Alone See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,081,997, 18 November 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$285,761,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$533,800,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At the end of the movie where it snows outside Kevin's house, the snow was actually mashed potato flakes. See more »

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When the whole family arrives in Paris (which is really the underground walkway under the O'Hare Airport Hilton, that connects the terminals at O'Hare, and looks like it may include parts of the old Terminal 4), Kate uses a public phone to call home. But this device can't be a French one, because all phones available in France in the 90s required telephone cards and we clearly hear an operator asking Kate to insert coins. See more »

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Harry: [Barges through the kitchen door after his head is blow-torched] Where are you, you little creep?
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Home Alone
17 December 2012 | by Toronto85See all my reviews

An eight year old boy is left home alone at Christmas when his family leave for a France vacation, not realizing he isn't on the plane with them. Two crooks attempt to rob the family home, and it is up to Kevin to protect the place! Home Alone is one of my all time favourite Christmas movies, I couldn't get enough of it as a kid growing up. There was something powerful as a child seeing another child around the same age face the bad guys and be able to defeat them.

Home Alone is basically about a family that leaves for vacation, but in the rush of getting out on time they forget that young Kevin McCallister was not with them on their way to the airport. So while they take off for Paris, Kevin wakes up to find that he is all alone in this gigantic house. It's all fun and games at first for Kevin, until he discovers that a pair of thieves plan on robbing his house thinking that the place is empty. Whiz kid Kevin sets up a number of booby traps and set ups that severely injure the bandits. Examples include one of the thieves named Harry getting his head set on fire, the other Marv gets hit in the head with an iron. These kind of stunts could kill a person in real life, but the magic of movies allows the bandits to shake it off and continue their mischief.

The acting in Home Alone is top notch! Macaulay Culkin is brilliant as Kevin McCallister, the scared yet empowered young boy who takes on the "Wet Bandits". Those bandits are played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern who add so much to the film with their performance. And you get some good screen time from stars such as Catherine O'Hara, John Heard and even John Candy. The traps that Kevin sets are smart and witty, and the location shots are perfect for the tricks he has planned for Harry and Marv.

All in all Home Alone is a classic film not only for Christmastime, but all year round. This should be seen by everyone at least once.

8/10


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