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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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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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Bring Home The Laughter This Holiday Season! See more »

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Comedy | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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16 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi pobre angelito  »

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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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Trivia

Chris Columbus cast Joe Pesci, because he was one of his heroes, although he didn't think he'd get him for such a broadly comedic role. See more »

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When Kevin is shooting the toys by the rifle into the laundry chute, you can see that the third bullet doesn't hit the mark (the toy) but clearly passes above it (can be seen as a small dot of somewhat metallic color) and yet the toy falls down the chute. See more »

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Kate McCallister: How could we do this? We forgot him.
Peter McCallister: We didn't forget him, we just miscounted.
Kate McCallister: What kind of a mother am I?
Frank McCallister: If it makes you feel any better, I forgot my reading glasses.
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Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the Grinches Who Almost Steal Christmas...
18 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

The overwhelming success of 'Home Alone' (it spawned two sequels), is enough to guarantee that most people will love this story of a family that departs for Paris on the Christmas holidays, mistakenly leaving an eight-year old boy to fend for himself. And fend he does, when burglars threaten to break in unless he can rig enough booby-traps to keep them out.

That's the simple plot in a nutshell. Macaulay Culkin seems to have no problem carrying most of the film with a wide variety of looks, gestures and expressions--but for my money it's Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci who get the main laughs as the bumbling burglars intent on outwitting the kid's traps.

Others in the cast don't have as much to do but do well enough by their roles, particularly Catherine O'Hara and John Heard as the parents who only discover on the plane that Kevin is missing. The laughs are steady, the color photography is great and the slight story is probably every boy's fantasy of what it might be like to be left home alone. Add to that the holiday flavor of Christmas and a pleasant musical score by John Williams and you have the makings of a classic.

The proof is in the pudding--they must have done something right!!


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