Home Alone

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Home Alone
Directed byChris Columbus
Written byJohn Hughes
Produced byJohn Hughes
CinematographyJulio Macat
Edited byRaja Gosnell
Music byJohn Williams
Hughes Entertainment
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • November 16, 1990 (1990-11-16)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million[2]
Box office$476.7 million[2]
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, Devin Ratray, Roberts Blossom, and John Candy.

Plot[change | change source]

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.

Popularity[change | change source]

The film was very popular and was followed by five sequels (two theatrical sequels, two made-for-television films, and one reboot): 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 (2012) doesn't revolve around Kevin, but with newer characters and is the second made-for-television movie. A reboot of the film titled Home Sweet Home Alone released on November 12, 2021.

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.

By country[change | change source]

Home Alone has become very popular around the world. Many surveys show that it is one of the most popular Christmas movies in many countries, including the United States[3][4] and Ireland.[5] It is also particularly popular as a Christmas film in Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland (see below).

Poland[change | change source]

Films such as Home Alone and Die Hard are very popular at Christmas time in Poland, because it was one of the first Western movies to come out in Poland since they ended communist rule.[6][7][8] In 2000, 8.9 million Poles were watching Home Alone on Christmas Eve;[9] and in 2017, about four million people (11.6% of Poland's population) were watching if on Christmas Eve.

In Polish, the movie is called Kevin sam w domu (meaning "Kevin [is] home alone").

References[change | change source]

  1. "HOME ALONE (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. November 16, 1990. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Home Alone (1990)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  3. https://www.masslive.com/entertainment/2021/12/home-alone-is-the-most-popular-1990s-christmas-movie-in-massachusetts.html?outputType=amp. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help); Text "Mass Live" ignored (help); Text "publisher" ignored (help)
  4. Burwick, Kevin (23 December 2021). "Home Alone Is America's Most Popular Christmas Movie According to New Poll". Movieweb.
  5. Stokes, Cassie. Her.ie https://www.her.ie/amp/entertainment/home-alone-is-irelands-favourite-christmas-movie-ever-513462. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. Mizera, Nicholas (24 December 2018). ""Home Alone" is my Holiday Connection to Post-Communist Poland". HuffPost Canada.
  7. Staszczyszyn, Bartosz (20 December 2013). "Home Alone in Poland: An Unexpected National Tradition". Culture.pl.
  8. Dereszyński, Tomasz (19 December 2021). ""Kevin sam w domu" znów zagości w święta Bożego Narodzenia 2021. Skąd fenomen filmu z 1990 r.?" (in Polish). Polska Times.
  9. There is No Holiday without "Home Alone". When and Where to Watch The Cult Movie?. TechMarkup https://techmarkup.com/there-is-no-holiday-without-home-alone-when-and-where-to-watch-the-cult-movie/?amp. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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