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.


Chris Columbus


John Hughes
996 ( 33)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





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)


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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A family comedy without the family. See more »


Comedy | Family


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Producer John Hughes originally brought on Chris Columbus to direct Christmas Vacation (1989), but even before cameras could roll, Columbus came to the realization that he just could not work with the difficult Chevy Chase after meeting him. So even though he desperately needed the job at that point in his career, Columbus decided to quit the project. He was worried it would end his career, but then Hughes brought him in to direct this film, which became a massive hit a year later, earning over 6X the amount of money Christmas Vacation did with a budget of almost $10 million less. See more »


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, 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 but 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 »


Check-Out Woman: Are you here all by yourself?
Kevin McCallister: Ma'am, I'm eight years old. You think I would be here alone? I don't think so.
Check-Out Woman: Where's your mom?
Kevin McCallister: My mom's in the car.
Check-Out Woman: Where's your father?
Kevin McCallister: He's at work.
Check-Out Woman: What about your brothers and your sisters?
Kevin McCallister: I'm an only child.
Check-Out Woman: Where do you live?
Kevin McCallister: Uh, I can't tell you that.
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Referenced in Pocket Dragon Adventures: Gnome Alone (1998) See more »


Star of Bethlehem
Music by John Williams
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
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A well done family comedy
4 November 2000 | by Quinoa1984See 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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Release Date:

16 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home Alone See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,081,997, 18 November 1990

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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