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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.

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When Kevin's family left on their European vacation they forgot one minor detail: Kevin. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin finds a photo of Buzz's girlfriend however Buzz earlier in the film mentioned French babes. This implies Buzz is either now broken up with the girl or he is no longer interested in her or their relationship is on the rocks. See more »

Goofs

When Heather is performing the head count there are 9 kids in front of the van, the Murphy kid in the van, and Heather doing the counting. so 11 bodies all together. However when Buzz actually does confuse Heather's counting.

Heather's count goes like this: Fuller(1) Tracy(2) Heather(3) Jeff(4) Sondra(5) Linnie(Hand on Linnie's head, 'Buzz don't be a moron!') Buzz(6) Brooke(7) Megan(8) Murphy kid(9) Rod(10) Heather again(11).

When Kate asks her for the final count Heather says 11 kids including me, 5 boys, 6 girls which is correct she just doesn't realize she counted herself twice. One theory is that Devin Ratray actually mistakenly put Kristin Minter off and the actress herself knowing the script called for 11 people assumed she hadn't actually counted herself and did so again. See more »

Quotes

[Kate is trying to get a ticket to go to Dallas, Ed is trying to board the plane]
Man in Airport: Come on, Irene, they're boarding.
Woman in Airport: This girl is offering us our first class ticket... if we go Friday plus a ring, a watch, a pocket translater, five hundered dollars and...
Kate McCallister: The earrings, you love the earrings?
Man in Airport: She's got her own earrings, a whole show box full of them dangly ones.
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Alternate Versions

On most television airings, Buzz's line "I wouldn't let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my ass," has "ass" dubbed over with "butt". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Written by Dr. Seuss (as Theodore Giesl) and Albert Hague
Performed by Thurl Ravenscroft (uncredited)
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A well done family comedy
4 November 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

This type of family comedy truthfully works better if you are grown up with the stooges. Because this film has a climactic scene with more slapstick than most can take. I can though. But if you think this is strictly a kids film, parents will like it too I bet. The plot follows a kid (Macaulay Kulkin) who gets left behind in a Chicago suburb while his family leaves for Paris. And though the house is all his, 2 burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern who give the best on-screen duo of 1990) want the house. But not without the climax. While most of the film is unbelievable (both good and bad), most of the film should keep families in good spirits, unless parents don't enjoy seeing Pesci getting his head on fire and Stern screaming like a girl. Funny, even if it's not John Hughes' (writer/producer here) best. B+


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