Macaulay Culkin was paid $4,500,000 to star in this movie, the biggest salary ever to an eleven-year-old (at the time of filming) child actor.
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Several cameras froze during production because it was so cold.
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The "pigeon attack" sequence was filmed on March 25, 1992. According to Joe Pesci, the crew covered him and Daniel Stern with real birdseed, and about three hundred pigeons.
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After one scene, Macaulay Culkin asked Joe Pesci why he never smiled. Pesci told him to shut up. At the time, Pesci said, "He's pampered a lot by a lot of people, but not me, and I think he likes that."
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All of the children who appeared in the toy store scene were allowed to take their favorite toy home as part of their salary. Even though it didn't work, Macaulay Culkin was allowed to keep the Talkboy.
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Daniel Stern said a pigeon really flew into his mouth. "That was revolting."
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This movie was actually shot at the Plaza in a Central Park suite. The phone number given for the Plaza in the movie was an actual working number.
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Entertainment Weekly had a doctor analyze what the actual effects of the injuries to Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) would be. Bricks to the face would have caused "at best, brain damage, at worst, death."
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In Home Alone (1990), Kevin watches a movie called "Angels with Filthy Souls". In this movie, he watches that movie's sequel, "Angels with Even Filthier Souls".
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Catherine O'Hara was worried her character wasn't trying hard enough to find Kevin. Scenes were added to show her concern. O'Hara said she practiced her "guilty-sad" face at home.
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The swimming pool scene was shot at the Four Seasons in Chicago, Illinois, because the Plaza Hotel doesn't have a swimming pool located on-site.
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Kevin's room service bill indicates that he spent $967 on: two chocolate cakes, six chocolate mousses with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream topped with M&Ms, chocolate sprinkles, cherries, nuts, marshmallows, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, whipped cream, and bananas, six custard flans, a pastry cart, eight strawberry tarts, and 36 chocolate-covered strawberries.
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Director Chris Columbus recalled that the production spent a lot of money on artificial snow for Central Park, and then New York City had a blizzard.
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When Kevin got on the New York City-bound plane he sits next to a French man asking him if he's ever been to Florida, the man responds in French, what he said was "What's that? I'm from France and I'm a tourist here, it's my first time coming to America. Do you know a good restaurant? Or maybe your parents they know a good place? Why aren't you responding? You speak a bit of French right? I don't speak English at all, give me a bit of help at least. My name is Andre, what's your name?"
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The airport scenes were exponentially more difficult to shoot than the first movie. The airport had to stay operational during filming, and Macaulay Culkin's newfound celebrity status required extra security due to fans and paparazzi. The scenes at O'Hare International Airport were filmed in February 1992, and kept their Christmas decorations up for the occasion.
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The renovated house where Kevin sets up his traps is not actually in New York City. All the scenes of the house, and the surrounding neighborhood were filmed at the Hollywood backlot, Brownstone Street.
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Director Chris Columbus recalls during filming, "I was up on 140th Street in Harlem. It was three in the morning, and I was walking to get a cup of coffee. These two young kids come up to me and they said, "What's the name of the movie?" I said "Home Alone 2" and they said, "What do you do?" and I said "I'm the director", they said, "Oh, you're John Hughes."
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A real version of the Talkboy, the tape recorder with which Kevin played in the movie, was created by Tiger Electronics shortly after this movie's release (along with its pink-and-purple counterpart, the Talkgirl).
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The toy store "Duncan's Toy Chest" was named after executive producer Duncan Henderson. The toy store is this movie's version of an actual New York City store, F.A.O. Schwarz. The exterior of the store is that of the Rookery Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
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John Candy was, at one point, going to do a cameo in this movie.
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Director Chris Columbus studied 1930s and 1940s film noir to make the "Angels with Even Filthier Souls" scenes more authentic.
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The carpet was removed from The Plaza lobby for one scene so that Macaulay Culkin could slip and slide on the floor. Plaza owner Donald Trump liked it so much, he never had it refitted.
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When the camera first pans up the Rockefeller Christmas tree at the end of this movie, the star and two illuminated windows form the Hughes Entertainment logo.
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The hotel operator with whom Kevin makes a reservation, pretending to be his father, was played by director Chris Columbus' wife, Monica Devereux-Columbus.
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Brenda Fricker's character the "Pigeon Lady" was based on the "old bird woman" from Mary Poppins (1964).
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The scene when the man sitting next to Kevin on the plane starts speaking in French was translated into Spanish on the DVD's French audio setting.
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The original working title was "Alone Again".
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The Plaza Hotel used to offer "The Home Alone Experience" around Christmas where guests could pay to stay in a room similar to the room in which Kevin stayed, receive Home Alone gifts including the movies, and take a limousine and see some of the filming locations, including the toy store upon which Duncan's Toy Chest was based. As of March 1, 2008, the Plaza has been a combination of hotel rooms and private condominium units.
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In Home Alone (1990), Marv said "Kids are a-scared of the dark". In this movie, when Kevin goes into Central Park, he says "Kids are a-scared of the park".
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Sandra Macat was in Home Alone (1990) and this movie in two different roles. In the first, Macat played Santa's Elf. In this one, she played a Flight Attendant. However, an alternate theory proposed that they are the same character, just in two different professions, since the stories are set one year apart.
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During production, writer and producer John Hughes wrote script drafts for "Home Alone 3", in which Macaulay Culkin would return as a teenage Kevin McCallister. When he found out Culkin quit acting in 1994, he re-wrote the story from scratch.
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Contrary to a popular rumor, Robert De Niro did not play one of the police officers arresting Marv and Harry. You can get a clear look at his face in one shot as they come down the stairs. It's just someone who looks like him.
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The address of Uncle Rob and Aunt Georgette's house that's being renovated is 51 W. 95th St. It's on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a half-block from Central Park.
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When Kevin visits various New York City landmarks, his visit to the World Trade Center was removed from television broadcasts after 2001, out of respect for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. As of Christmas 2018, the scene at the WTC has been restored.
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Director Chris Columbus admits on the audio commentary for Home Alone (1990), this movie was, "to some extent", a remake of the first movie.
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Macaulay Culkin was living with his family in Manhattan at the time of production.
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McDonald's made Happy Meal commercials themed with this movie after its unsuccessful Batman Returns (1992) market earlier that same year.
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Writer and producer John Hughes said he took the sequel "very seriously" and wrote multiple drafts of the script. "I decided New York was a great place to lose him. It's a huge city. The kid can get in lots of trouble."
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Coca-Cola products make several appearances in the film, including in scenes when Kevin rides a limousine and when Kevin's cousin Fuller wakes up at the Plaza Hotel. Pepsi products were used in Home Alone (1990).
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The concert hall where Kevin is watching an orchestra concert is presumably Carnegie Hall. In reality, it's the Orchestra Hall in downtown Chicago. NOTE: The filming locations for this movie list Carnegie Hall in New York City as the filming location for the concert.
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American Airlines had product placement in this movie with the McCallisters making their trip on the airline's two Boeing 767s. The airline became part of this movie's release on home video.
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Brenda Fricker joked that kids she meets were never impressed by her acting work until this movie.
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This was the first movie shot in Radio City Music Hall in about thirty years.
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Not once during this movie or Home Alone (1990) do Harry (Joe Pesci) or Marv (Daniel Stern) call Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) by name. They have no opportunity because they only know the names of his parents from the details of the first movie. All Harry said to refer to Kevin at the beginning of Home Alone (1990), was a whiny kid, who was pitching a fit. The bag that Kevin is holding in front of Duncan's Toy Chest only has the last name and initial on it. Only near the end of this movie, do they possibly learn his name. When the Pigeon Lady (Brenda Fricker) yells, "Kevin, run!" In front of Marv and Harry.
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Daniel Stern's Bushwhacked (1995) was originally conceived as a spin-off of the Home Alone movies with Stern returning as Marv.
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After Chris Columbus finished this movie, he wanted a new project, and was sent the script for Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).
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Macaulay Culkin's brother Kieran again played the role of the bedwetting cousin, Fuller.
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A deleted scene featured Kevin having a similar aftershave scene in the Plaza like in the first movie. Director Chris Columbus cut the scene for two reasons. This movie was already two hours long, and he was afraid that people would accuse this movie of being a remake, rather than a sequel to Home Alone (1990).
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Although it is never mentioned at any point in this movie, the names of the Plaza Hotel's concierge, played by Tim Curry, is Mr. Hector, and the name of the desk clerk, played by Dana Ivey, is Ms. Hester Stone.
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The show Kevin is watching in the first scene is a fictional game show called Ding Dang Dong. Appropriately, it was taped on the set of an actual game show, called "$100,000 Fortune Hunt--Illinois". The host in that scene is Bob Eubanks of The Newlywed Game (1966) fame.
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The turtle doves were created for the movie by John Perry, known for his sculptures of sea life.
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Chris Columbus said in an interview in Nov. 2020 that Donald Trump "bullied" his way into his cameo by making it part of the deal to shoot scenes in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned. Columbus wasn't happy about it, but when they screened the movie for the first time, the audience cheered when Trump showed up on-screen, so Columbus felt better about it.
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A twelve-year-old Greg Sestero was so enthralled by Home Alone (1990) that he wrote a speculative script for a sequel titled "Home Alone 2: Lost in Disney World". In the script, Kevin accidentally boards a plane to Florida, where he visits the title theme park and bonds with his neighbor Drake (whom Sestero intended to play) as they confront a team of bandits who have broken out of prison to work incognito as park janitors. Sestero sent his script, as well as a poster, proposals for the marketing campaign/soundtrack and a request for a cross-promotional deal between Twentieth Century Fox and (its future asset owner) Disney, to Hughes Entertainment, which were returned to him a month later with a letter from writer and producer John Hughes reading "Believe in yourself, have patience, and always follow your heart." Sestero was inspired by Hughes' letter to pursue acting and writing professionally. Ironically, the eventual sequel bears striking similarities to Sestero's script, including the concept of Kevin being separated from his family by taking a different flight, and having to confront the Wet Bandits following their prison escape. Obviously, despite the use of Florida (where the rest of the McCallisters go on vacation), there are no references to Disney World, while the more original plot element of Kevin bonding with someone of his age was replaced with a reprise of his meeting with an older outcast as in the first movie. Sestero eventually discussed the first movie's influence on him and his script with Macaulay Culkin in a June 2018 episode of the latter's podcast Bunny Ears.
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WRITER TRADEMARK (John Hughes) (four-flusher): In "Angels with Even Filthier Souls", Johnny calls a girl this.
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Harry and Marv's conversation at the ice rink was shot at Central Park's Wollman Rink. The Essex House shown is on Central Park South in Manhattan.
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The bottle called "Monster Soap" that Kevin buys at Duncan's Toy Chest is the green substance used for the ladder, off of which which Harry slips, as well as on what Marv slips in the basement.
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Throughout the course of this movie, Marv steals seven items in broad daylight: mittens, one scarf, one cowboy hat, one wrapped present, earmuffs, a beanie, and a handful of change from the bell-ringer's kettle.
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The child that Marv and Harry catch in the park is wearing a nearly identical hat that Kevin wore in Home Alone (1990).
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An advertisement for Duncan's Toy Chest can be seen as Marv and Harry come up from the subway.
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Towards the end of the movie when Fuller wakes up in the hotel room and jumps up in his bed to tell everyone it's Christmas, if you look closely, you can see his pajama pants are wet from wetting the bed.
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Kevin's homemade booby traps may reflect Chris Columbus' love of James Bond style gadgetry, which cropped up in scripts he wrote for movies like Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985), and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), all for Steven Spielberg, who's also a James Bond fan.
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Brenda Fricker presented Joe Pesci his Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for Goodfellas (1990) at The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991). In this movie, her character presents him (and Daniel Stern) with a shower of birdseed, followed by a flock of hungry pigeons.
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1-800-759-3000 is a real number to The Plaza Hotel.
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In the beginning of the novelization, a prologue, which ends up being Marv's nightmare in prison, he and Harry sneak away from the cops and return to Kevin's house to seek revenge on Kevin. Kevin bolts into the garage with Marv and Harry in hot pursuit. Harry and Marv end up triggering extra traps that Kevin had set up in the garage. Kevin watches as Marv ends up triggering a trap where a running lawnmower falls on his head (This was a trap featured in Home Alone 3 (1997)).
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Practically the entire crew from this movie also worked on Home Alone (1990) and Only the Lonely (1991).
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The McCallisters live at 671 Lincoln Blvd. Winnetka, Illinois, Phone: 224-555-1658.
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For the television version, about twenty minutes of this movie was edited in very small sections, because this movie is exactly two hours long. In order to watch the full version on television, the time slot is extended to two and a half hours.
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Kevin scares Mr. Hector with an (unbeknownst to him) an inflatable clown in the shower. Two years earlier, Tim Curry played Pennywise The Dancing Clown in Stephen King's It (1990)
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Filming began in early December 1991 and ended in May 1992.
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When Kevin is at Central Park, there is a close up of a monument of a man pointing to the right. It belongs to Jose de San Martin, Argentinian national hero born in 1778.
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A scene was filmed, but deleted and to this date has never been seen which as The McCallisters are waiting to catch a flight to New York when Kevin is tracked down in New York by Peter's credit card. Frank complains about Kevin again ruining another Christmas vacation and Kate and Peter stand up to Frank and tell him to stop.
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This is the only movie in the franchise where the kid isn't actually in his own house.
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Macaulay Culkin returned as Kevin McAllister in :Dryvrs (2015). In the pilot of the YouTube comedy series, Jack (Jack Dishel) is a passenger in Kevin's car. Kevin, now a bitter, long-haired, unshaven, foul mouthed, and mentally unstable adult tells Jack about the events of the first movie and a carjacker attempts to steal Kevin's car, but Kevin overpowers and abducts the carjacker and they drive back to Kevin's house and Kevin forces Jack to watch him torture and kill the carjacker, and it ends with a bloodied Kevin screaming at the carjacker.
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It was originally scripted that Kevin was going to rain down more paint cans down the stairs.
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Joe Pesci and Donald Trump both appear in this film. On an episode of 'Sesame Street', Pesci played a Trump-parody character named "Ronald Grump".
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The Villa de Dolphine Motel was located in Long Beach, California; its real name was Rochelle's Motel. It has since been demolished and replaced with a parking structure for Long Beach Airport.
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All but one of the cast of the McCallister children return for the sequel. Angela Goethals did not reprise her role as Linnie, which went to Maureen Elisabeth Shay.
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During the Christmas pageant scene at the beginning of the movie, when the lady playing the piano is knocked over by the prop Christmas tree, the stunt was performed by a male stuntman with visible 5 o'clock shadow (although that does not count as a goof). This fact is not obvious when watching the scene at regular speed, but it is visible when watching the scene in slow motion.
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Until Home Alone 3 (1997) came out on video, the first two Home Alone movies had never been packaged together as one unit for sale. When the fourth movie was released on home video, a four movie collection on DVD was also released. The first movie finally got a special edition release in 2006. This movie received an updated release on October 6, 2009.
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The revolver Harry pulls out on Kevin at the end in Central Park is a Colt Police Positive.
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Every time someone mentions the events from the first movie, they say "last year", even though it came out in 1992 and the first one came out in 1990. The two movies were released two years apart, yet their storylines are only one year apart.
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Eddie Bracken (Mr. Duncan) was in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), which was also written by John Hughes. In this movie, his character is the owner of Duncan's Toy Chest. In Vacation (1983), his character is the founder and owner of Walley World.
Chris Colombus considers the movie better than the first one.
The flight attendant at the boarding gate where Kevin's family boards is Sandra Macat, who also had a cameo as Santa's Elf in the original movie. She told Kevin that Santa was getting in his car and to hurry if he wanted to talk to him.
In Home Alone (1990), the soda that we can see Fuller drink is Pepsi. In this movie, they promote Coca-Cola. However, when Kevin arrives to New York City, you can see a giant Pepsi sign in the landscape scenes.
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In the shower scene, Kevin used an inflatable clown doll and a recording of Frank singing in the shower to fool and spook the Concierge (Tim Curry) into leaving his hotel room. Curry played the evil clown Pennywise in Stephen King's It (1990).
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The location in the park by the large fountain where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) escapes from Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) was used in Mr. Deeds (2002), when Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) and Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) share stories and see the firetrucks they follow.
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Kevin walks in on Uncle Frank in the shower singing the song "Cool Jerk" this actually represents Kevin catching Uncle Frank masturbating in the shower (i.e. "jerking") which would be far too explicit to include in the family-friendly film.
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The first two Home Alone movies are not the only John Hughes movies in which Ralph Foody has been. He's from Chicago, so he's a natural choice for appearing in a Hughes movie. More notably, he played the old man who steals the ring from Jim Belushi in Curly Sue (1991).
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This is one of two sequels released in 1992 starring Joe Pesci. The other being Lethal Weapon 3 (1992).
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According to closed captioning, in the first shower scene, Uncle Frank says "ohh you're cooking with brandy". But, in the second shower scene when Kevin plays the Talkboy, Frank says "Ohh you're cooking Frankie".
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In the first movie, the McCallisters are headed to France when they forget Kevin. In this movie, when Kevin boards the plane to New York City, he's seated next to a man who only speaks French.
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When robbing the toy store, after Harry (Joe Pesci) says to himself, "Merry Christmas Harry", and Marv (Daniel Stern) says to himself, "Happy Hanukkah Marv", meaning Marv is Jewish, just like Stern.
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Chicago-area band Enuff Z'nuff recorded their song "Happy Holiday" to be used in this movie. However, the producers ultimately used Darlene Love's "All Alone On Christmas", so the band put the song on their "Peach Fuzz" album. It has also appeared on several "hair metal" Christmas compilations, including "We Wish You A Hairy Christmas" and "Monster Ballads Xmas".
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Near the start of this movie, Frank steals Fuller's Coke and tells him the rubber sheets are packed. This indicates Fuller is still not past the bedwetting period.
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Kevin gets yelled at by one of his family members for something that he did at the end of both movies. Kevin gets yelled at by Buzz in the first one for destroying his room, and yelled at by his dad in this one for spending $967 on room service at the hotel.
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During the limousine scene the Grinch's evil grin dissolves to the face of Mr Hector. Tim Curry who played Mr Hector was strongly considered for the role of The Grinch in the 2000 version starring Jim Carrey.
Even though this was released in 1992 this film actually takes place in 1991. Kate who confronts Kevin in the attic, says they had a similar argument the year before, which was 1990.
The Key symbols on Tim Curry's concierge character, Mr Hector, are from an organization known as Les Clefs d'Or USA. It's the only national association of professional hotel concierges, and is extremely hard to obtain membership to. Earning the gold keys is a privilege, given only to the true concierge professional, one who is dedicated to delivering the highest level of service to their guests and their hotels; in addition to other requirements, which can be found on their website.
Catherine O'Hara and Dana Ivey re-united for the comedy Orange County (2002).
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In the first movie, the McCallisters mistakenly count a neighbor kid who they think is Kevin. In this movie, Kevin follows a man who he thinks is his father Peter to the wrong plane.
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Tim Curry and Eddie Bracken appeared in Oscar (1991).
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The man on the airplane speaks French to Kevin saying "Je viens de France, je suis un touriste ici. C'est la 1ère fois que je viens aux USA. Pouvez-vous me dire s'il y a un bon restaurant? Peut-être que vos parents connaissent un bon endroit (pour manger)? Pourquoi ne réponds-tu pas? Tu parles un peu français? Je ne parle pas anglais du tout. Hé! Tu pourrais m'aider! Tu ne veux pas me parler, n'est-ce pas? Tu ne veux pas? Tu me boude?", roughly translated it means "I come from France, I'm a tourist here. It's the first time I come to USA. Can't you please tell me if there is a good restaurant? Only (no sense). Maybe, your parents know a good place (to eat)?. Why don't you answer? You speak French a little? I don't speak English at all. Hey! You could help me! You don't want to talk to me, do you? You don't want? Are you ignoring me? My name is Andre."
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Ally Sheedy made an appearance at the airport as the character "Pam Hopkins". She also played Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club (1985), which was also written and produced by John Hughes.
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When Chris Columbus was the topic on an episode of Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009) and they were talking about Home Alone (1990), they showed clips from this movie instead.
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When director Chris Columbus wrote Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Watson believed Holmes obsessed over a case, even at Christmas, because unlike other boys his age, he had no family to which to go home, like Harry Potter and Kevin McCallister. Columbus has ties to both the Harry Potter and Home Alone film franchises.
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When Mr. Hector confronts Kevin about Peter's credit card which has been reported stolen. Mr. Hector and threatens to report Kevin to the police and chases him out of the hotel. It doesn't occur to Mr. Hector to talk to Kevin and give Kevin a chance to explain the circumstances about how he came into possession of Peter's credit card and why Kevin is in New York City all by himself and go the police and confirm if Kevin is a missing child and the credit card does belong to Kevin's father.
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The McCallister family lives in Chicago, Illinois, and therefore flew out of O'Hare International Airport. Similarly named Catherine O'Hara starred as the matriarch of the family, Kate McCallister.
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This movie borrowed a few ideas from the first movie. Examples include Kevin again getting into trouble with his family, Kevin being sent to the third floor room for the night, the family sleeping in, Kevin eating a cheese pizza, Kevin watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966), Kevin tricking other people, in this case, the hotel staff that the mafia boss in Filthy Angels is talking to them directly, Kevin misunderstanding a creepy looking adult, in this case, the bird woman as evil, Kevin again famously setting traps for Harry and Marv and the movie ending with Kevin about to be in trouble again, in this case, ringing up a massive hotel bill. In fact, John Hughes and Christopher Columbus admitted that this movie was really more of a remake of the previous movie, despite being released only two years after the first one.
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Despite the title, Kevin is not really home alone, but rather in New York City alone.
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Frank Oz: After Harry Lime and Marv Merchants leave the fish market and walk down the sidewalk, Marv steals money from the red donation can. Right after Marv says "Now we're the sticky bandits" the scene changes. Frank Oz places money into the red donation can and walks away.
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Ally Sheedy: The airport gate agent that tells Kevin what city he's in.
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Donald Trump: in the Plaza lobby, where Kevin asks him for directions. Trump owned the hotel during filming. He bought it from The Childs Company (now Sonesta) for $470,500,000 in 1988, then sold a controlling interest to Saudi and Asian investors for $325 million in 1995, retaining a management and policy-setting role in the hotel's operations.
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According to Daniel Stern, his first take for the scene where Marv gets electrocuted using the sink made director Chris Columbus laugh so hysterically, he couldn't yell "cut!" even after Stern had collapsed on the floor and finished the scene.
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In Home Alone (1990), Kevin says to Old Man Marley, "Yeah, I had a friend who got nailed because there was a rumor he wore dinosaur pajamas." At the end of this movie, Fuller is wearing dinosaur pajamas in their hotel room.
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In the trailer, when Harry stumbles into the duffel bag trap containing the tools, it shows all of the tools falling on him. Then the last one falls out and knocks him to the ground. In the movie, Harry is immediately knocked to the ground when the tools fall out.
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This and the first movie featured a character the audience is tricked into thinking he or she is mysterious and dangerous, but eventually ends up helping Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) defeat Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern). The first movie had Old Man Marley (Roberts Blossom), and this movie featured the Pigeon Lady (Brenda Fricker).
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