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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

A family comedy without the family. 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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Trivia

The statue in the front of the house was hit four times. Twice by the pizza delivery man, once by the airport shuttle, and once by a police officer. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin accidentally steals a toothbrush from a drug store, the cop who chases him falls on the ice after getting hit by a hockey player. He lands on his back and his hat starts to fall off his head and his arms are pushing the hat back on his head, but when the Cop looks up and sees that Kevin got away, he is lying on his stomach and his hat is off his head. See more »

Quotes

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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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 Step by Step: Home Alone (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere in My Memory
Music by John Williams
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
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User Reviews

Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the Grinches Who Almost Steal Christmas...
18 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee 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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