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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
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, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz (Devin Ratray) 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 (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), 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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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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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

Gross USA:

$285,761,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$477,063,114
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Julio Macat used A Christmas Story (1983) as inspiration for the look of this movie. See more »

Goofs

Kate did not realize Kevin was missing until the family are in mid flight on the plane. Given the family would have to go to the flight desk then security Kate should had discovered Kevin was missing at the airport. But Peter threw away Kevin's ticket along with the paper towels (they're red, same as the ticket) in the kitchen scene, so there are 10 kids and 10 tickets. See more »

Quotes

Marv: [Harry and Marv arrive at the Mcallister house at 9:00PM] So how do you want to get in?
Harry: We'll go thru the back. Maybe the kid will let us in, you never know.
Marv: Yeah. He's a kid. Kids are stupid.
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Alternate Versions

Television airings edited the following: Kevin saying that Fuller will pee all over him after explaining to Kate that Fuller wets the bed; Kevin calling Harry and Marv "horse's ass"; when everyone glares at Kevin after the dinner accident, the second scene with Peter and Buzz looking at him was removed. See more »

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Somewhere in My Memory
Music by John Williams
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
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Funny and highly entertaining.
1 May 2002 | by TwizmSee all my reviews

Home Alone (1990) Rating: 8/10

It might be dumb and corny, but I've actually liked this highly entertaining flick. The plot's unbelievable, but who cares: it's funny! Macaulay Culkin plays 8 year-old Kevin, a misunderstood kid who lives in a big ass house with his family. They're about to leave for Paris, where they're gonna spend Christmas. About 20 people are running around the house, frenetically preparing for the trip. Kevin's mad at everyone, because no one pays attention to him, unless it's to yell at him. Hence, Kevin goes to sleep wishing that his whole family would disappear, and the next morning, they do! The thing is that they somehow woke up late, left home in a hurry, and hey, they forget Lil Kev! At first, he's happy as a monkey, but after a while, things get messy. Two dumbass robbers are planning to rob his house, but Kev ain't gonna let them!

Okay, I know, this is one stupid story, but it's developed into a wonderful family film, as enjoyable as it is warmhearted. Mac Culkin is awesome in the lead. He really carries the film: he's got style, he's funny and he's even a good actor! Too bad his personal life screwed up, because he had the talent to become a grown-up movie star. The idiotic criminals are also really cool, because they cast good actors instead of some Ernest-style lame-o over-actors. Oscar-winner Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern (the narrator on The Wonder Years) are hilarious, but they also bring a bit more depth to what could have been cardboard characters. Pesci plays an aggressive thug, and anyone who's seen him in a Scorsese film knows how good he is at it. Stern plays a total dufus, and he's also really convincing at it. The film's humor might seem dumb, but hey, it's funny. John Hughes' screenplay has Kevin protecting his home by turning the thieves into human Wile E. Coyotes, and like the cartoon, it made me laugh. The gags might be old, but they're played with inventiveness, and the acting is always right. I just love this film, and you will too if you look beyond the fact that it's a family film.


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