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Home Alone

1990 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Chris Columbus
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 datesEdit

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 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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