Home Alone

November 16th, 1990

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Home Alone

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An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 7.1/10 (124,438 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Chris Columbus

Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

It is Christmas Time and the McAllister 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 were 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 2 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.

Macaulay Culkin - Kevin McCallister
Joe Pesci - Harry
Daniel Stern - Marv
John Heard - Peter McCallister
Roberts Blossom - Marley
Catherine O'Hara - Kate McCallister
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 (as Michael C. Maronna)
Kristin Minter - Heather
Diana Rein - Sondra (as Daiana Campeanu)

Taglines: When Kevin's Family Left For Vacation, They Forgot One Minor Detail: Kevin. But Don't Worry... He Cooks. He Cleans. He Kicks Some Butt.

Release Date: 16 November 1990

Filming Locations: 656 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,081,997 (USA) (18 November 1990) (1202 Screens)

Gross: $533,800,000 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

The movie is considered a traditional Christmas movie in Poland. It has aired on national TV during prime time Christmas season every year since 1990. In 2011 the movie aired on December 23rd with an audience of over 5 million, making it the most popular show aired during the Christmas season in Poland. One of the reasons for this is because the movie was one of the first western productions aired in Poland after the fall of communism.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: On the phone with the French operator, Peter yells "I am looking for my son! Do you know where he is?" It seems a silly question as Peter should know that Kevin is at the house, but in a previous scene a police officer goes to the McAllister house and receives no response to repeated knocks and bell-ringings. It's likely that the police would've relayed this information back to the McAllisters and that this would explain Peter's frantic mood.

Marv: He's only a kid Harry. We can take him.

User Review

A timeless classic

Rating: 10/10

Oh, come on, IMDb users. How could this film get only a 6.5? Yes, it's a kid's movie, but I know plenty of adults(not including myself) who loved this film. It touches our hearts, and tickles our funny bones. Not to mention I think in one way or another we could relate to it. That's why it remains a classic Christmas comedy.

Home Alone is not only one of the highest box office successes of all time, but it deserves more praise. Mac showed a talent that very little child stars have now-a-days. He brought in a great comedy about a boy who accidentally is left home alone when his family goes on vacation and takes on two burglars.

Yeah, it's quit unrealistic about the burglars, but honestly, this is a terrific family film. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are the perfect comedy duo of two idiots who can't rob the place because a 8 year old child has out witted them and set some clever and very funny traps around the house.

Please give this movie a chance, it's just terrific and I guarantee nothing but great laughs for you and the whole family.


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