Home Alone

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The house featured in the film.
Macaulay Culkin at the Governor's Ball after the Emmy Awards in 1991.

Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy action movie mostly set in Chicago, Illinois, Paris, Dallas, and Scranton. It was written and produced by 20th Century Fox by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin and features Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom, and John Candy.

The film follows Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), an eight-year old boy who is mistakenly left behind by his family when they go on a vacation to France, over Christmas. While his family is gone, Kevin initially relishes being alone and learns to take care of himself, but soon his excitement sours as he must stop two bumbling burglars, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), who are planning to rob every house in his neighborhood, from trying to burgle his house too by setting up a series of booby traps. After falling for most of Kevin's booby traps, Harry and Marv trap him in a vacant house that they robbed earlier and plan to kill Kevin, but his elderly friendly neighbor, Old Man Marley (Roberts Blossom), sneaks in, knocks them unconscious with his snow shovel, takes Kevin home, and the burglars get arrested. The next morning, it is Christmas and Kevin's parents and siblings come back, while his aunt, uncle, and cousins are still in France.

The film was very popular and was followed by four sequels (two theatrical sequels and two made-for-television films): Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). This film brought back most of the original film's cast and has a similar plot and continuity. Home Alone 3 (1997) had different kids and villains. Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002) is the first made-for-television movie and features some of the main characters from the first two films, but with a new cast. Like Home Alone 3, Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist doesn't revolve around Kevin, but with newer characters and is the second made-for-television movie.

In its opening weekend, Home Alone grossed $17 milliion in 1,202 theaters. The film was nominated for Best Original Score and for Best Original Song.

Composer John Williams wrote the music for the movie, as well as Home Alone 2, and some popular songs that have already existed were played during the movie as well.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Canada 16 November 1990
 United States 16 November 1990
 Norway 6 December 1990
 United Kingdom 7 December 1990
 Ireland 7 December 1990
 Australia 13 December 1990
 Puerto Rico 13 December 1990
 Ghana 14 December 1990
 Kenya 14 December 1990
 Nigeria 14 December 1990
 Sweden 14 December 1990
 South Africa 14 December 1990
 Belgium 19 December 1990
  Switzerland 19 December 1990 (German speaking region)
 France 19 December 1990
 Venezuela 19 December 1990
 Colombia 20 December 1990
 Peru 20 December 1990
 Brazil 21 December 1990
 Cyprus 21 December 1990
 Denmark 21 December 1990
 Spain 21 December 1990
 Finland 21 December 1990
 Greece 21 December 1990
Mexico Mexico 21 December 1990
 Netherlands 21 December 1990
 Chile 25 December 1990
 Jamaica 25 December 1990
 Bolivia 1 January 1991
 Yugoslavia 1 January 1991
 Argentina 10 January 1991
 Germany 17 January 1991
 Austria 18 January 1991
 Italy 18 January 1991
 Turkey 18 January 1991
 Ecuador 23 January 1991
 Portugal 25 January 1991
 Taiwan 2 February 1991
 Hong Kong 14 February 1991
 Philippines 27 February 1991
 Israel 15 March 1991
 Uruguay 21 March 1991
 Thailand 23 March 1991
 Hungary 29 March 1991
 Malaysia 16 May 1991
 New Zealand 16 May 1991
 Singapore 31 May 1991
 Japan 22 June 1991
 South Korea 6 July 1991
 Egypt 22 July 1991
 Indonesia 16 August 1991
 India 18 October 1991
 Czechoslovakia 12 December 1991
 Poland 22 May 1992
 Bulgaria 21 December 1992
 Croatia 22 December 1992
 Slovenia 22 December 1992
 Estonia 5 April 1993
 Romania 16 April 1993
 Latvia 28 May 1993
 Russia 27 December 1993
 Ukraine 27 December 1993

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