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Home Alone [1990]

Director:Chris Columbus
Writer:John Hughes
Composer:John Williams
Length:103 minutes
(1 hour 43 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:47%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Kevin's family rushes to the airport ... without him. He has to subsist on his own but a pair of thieves have targeted his neighborhood and he's not about to take it lying down.

Reaction: This is a fine movie, though there is no real need to keep making more. Not Shakespeare, but good family fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Chris Columbus => Director
John Hughes => Writer
John Williams => Composer
Angela Goethals => Linnie
Anna Slotky => Brooke
Bill Erwin => Man in Airport
Catherine O'Hara => Kate McCallister
Dan Charles Zukoski => Pizza Boy
Daniel Stern => Marv
Devin Ratray => Buzz
Diana Rein => Sondra (as Daiana Campeanu)
Gerry Bamman => Uncle Frank
Hillary Wolf => Megan
Jedidiah Cohen => Rod
Jeffrey Wiseman => Mitch Murphy
Jim Ortlieb => Herb the Drugstore Clerk
Joe Pesci => Harry
John Candy => Gus Polinski
John Heard => Peter McCallister
Ken Hudson Campbell => Santa
Kieran Culkin => Fuller
Kristin Minter => Heather
Larry Hankin => Officer Balzak
Macaulay Culkin => Kevin McCallister
Matt Doherty => Steffan
Michael C. Maronna => Jeff (as Michael C. Maronna)
Ray Toler => Uncle Rob
Roberts Blossom => Marley
Senta Moses => Tracy
Terrie Snell => Aunt Leslie
Virginia Smith => Georgette

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The concept for this movie originated during the filming of a scene in Uncle Buck in which Macaulay Culkin plays a character who interrogates a would-be-babysitter through a letterbox.
  • John Candy filmed his part in only 1 day, albeit an extremely long 23-hour day. The story about having once forgotten his son at a funeral home was entirely improvised. His part is obviously inspired by the character he played in Planes, Trains & Automobiles also written by John Hughes.
  • The movie that Kevin watches on video tape is not a real film, but footage especially created. It was called Angels With Filthy Souls. Along with other similar era references in the movie, this is a play upon the movie Angels with Dirty Faces starring James Cagney.
  • Despite filming a family movie, Daniel Stern once slipped in the "s-word", which can be heard when he is retrieving his boot through the doggy door at 55:27 on the DVD.
  • The role of Uncle Frank was written for Kelsey Grammer.
  • Joe Pesci kept forgetting that he was filming a "family" movie during his characters on-screen outbursts so director Chris Columbus advised him to say "fridge" instead of the "F-word".
  • In the scene where Harry bites Kevin's finger, Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin, leaving a scar on his finger.
  • The posters and DVD cases for the movie had Culkin with his hands on his face and screaming, based on the famous painting "The Scream" by [?] Edvard Munch.
  • The issue of Playboy that Kevin finds in Buzz's room is from July 1989 with Erika Eleniak as Miss July.
  • Robert De Niro turned down the role of Harry.