Home Alone

1990

PG

103 Min

Home Alone

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Eight-year-old Kevin makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory. By planting booby traps galore, adorably mischievous Kevin stands his ground as his frantic mother attempts to race home.

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Director:
N/A
Released:
Nov 16th, 1990
Revenue:
$476,684,675.00
Country:
USA

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  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the beginning of the movie after Peter realizes he will not be able to shave in Paris without a power adapter, Kate tells him to grow a goatee. This would be impossible, since a goatee would still require shaving part of your beard.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): American Airlines has never flown a morning flight between Chicago and Paris.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Kevin is shooting the toys by the rifle into the laundry chute, you can see that the third bullet doesn't hit the mark (the toy) but clearly passes above it (can be seen as a small dot of somewhat metallic color) and yet the toy falls down the chute.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): Harry's Stunt double can be seen when he first slips off Kevin's front steps.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After Harry touches the heated doorknob and Kevin flees from the door at 80:48-80:51 on the DVD, the charcoal lighter cord runs out of the foyer into the next room from which the camera is shooting. Later, when Harry and Marv are hit with paint cans at 84:18, the door and the red-hot charcoal lighter can be seen in the background, but its cord does not leave the foyer.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the whole family arrives in Paris (which is really the underground walkway under the O'Hare Airport Hilton, that connects the terminals at O'Hare, and looks like it may include parts of the old Terminal 4), Kate uses a public phone to call home. But this device can't be a French one, because all phones available in France in the 90s required telephone cards and we clearly hear an operator asking Kate to insert coins.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The blind spot mirrors on the burglars' van change positions and sometimes disappear between shots.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): When the pizzas arrive, the guy says the cost will be $122.50. In the kitchen, however, Peter says "Ten pizzas times twelve bucks.", which would mean the pizzas should cost $120.00. For the pizzas to cost $122.50, they would need to cost $12.25 each. However, the extra $2.50 was most likely added as a delivery charge, or an automatic gratuity considering the size of the order.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): When Kevin is at the counter of the grocery store, the clerk scans a bag of toy soldiers and looks at Kevin. He says "It's for the kids". But when the clerk asks, "What about your brothers and sisters?" Kevin replies, "I'm an only child". However, Kevin clearly has not thought out his story and is getting caught up in his lies. There is also the possibility of him referring to younger cousins.
  • Movie Goof (errors in geography): When the plane departs Chicago, it's late morning. That means it should arrive Paris between 1 and 3 am Paris time. But when the plane arrives in Paris, it's daylight outside.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Harry grabs the heated doorknob with the "M" engraved on it, he grabs it with his knuckles at 9:00, facing left. After he puts his hand in the snow to cool it, he looks at it and sees the "M" upright on his hand.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The stained glass window in the church is different in the interior and exterior shots. Seen from outside, it has four panels, while inside it has seven.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Harry is seen wearing a wedding ring in the shot where Marv tries to kill the spider that is on Harry's chest. Later in the movie Harry is no longer wearing the wedding ring.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Marv goes to look and see if anyone is home, Kevin is washing up and has his sleeves rolled up. He plays "Angels with filthy souls" and gets fire crackers out. He reaches into a drawer to get a lighter and we only see his arms where his sleeves are down. When you see a full view of him, his sleeves are rolled up again
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Just before Marv and Harry step into the small pile of toy cars and slip up at the bottom of the stairs, Harry had been covered in feathers. In the next shot, he has no feathers on him at all, they just mysteriously disappear.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Heather is told to count the kids before they load the vans, she counts herself twice which would mean they are missing two kids for the trip. She counts herself as number three and then the neighbor boy in place of Kevin, but then counts herself again as number eleven. Both times she touches herself on the head to prove the miscount.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The house loses power in the night from the falling tree branch. This causes them to oversleep. The power gets restored before they leave, obviously, because we see the parents' alarm clock showing 12:00. Later, after the family has left, the burglars arrive and Joe Pesci's character shows-off by telling what time each house's timer is set to turn the lights on. The timers would be on the wrong time when the power was restored.
  • Movie Goof (errors in geography): When Kate calls the police from France, the woman answers the phone "Village police", but when the officer goes to the McCallister home, he clearly has a City of Chicago flag on the right shoulder of his jacket.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Kevin is sliding down the steps the toboggan is lined-up with the stairway, when he goes out the door, the toboggan is now lined-up with the doorway. He should have just crashed into the wall and not gone out the door.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): When Kevin calls 9-1-1 to report that robbers are in his house, he uses a phone that says "Pacific Bell", which isn't available in Chicago.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The night Harry and Marv break in to the house Kevin sits down and blesses his macaroni and cheese dinner just before the stroke of nine. This draws obvious attention to his plate. Later just before Harry is covered with feathers you can see a completely different plate with three sections of food on it.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): On the grocery store cashier's register monitor, no changes whatsoever occur during the transaction.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Kevin walks up to the church at night, there is a door clearly in the very center of the building. When Kevin is shown inside the church, there is a baptistery in the center where the door was on the outside.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Harry protects his burnt hand with a handkerchief when he climbs along the rope towards the tree house, but alternating shots show the tail of the handkerchief either sticking out or not.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Kevin is watching TV in the kitchen, there is a gingerbread house next to the TV in shots directly facing the TV. But when the shots are from the side (on Kevin watching TV), the gingerbread house is not there.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): Obvious stunt double in the long shots of Kevin swinging across to the tree-house.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Kevin goes across the street to his neighbors house, entering though the flooded basement, his clothes are soaked he rushes up the stairs. In the next scene where he goes though the door to run into Harry and Marv, his clothes are dry.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Kevin is shooting at the toys that go down the laundry chute, he is closing the wrong eye for aiming a rifle.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): As Harry is driving down the driveway after a burglary he is wearing his black knit cap. Just after he hits the brakes to avoid hitting Kevin he pokes his head out to tell Kevin to be more careful and his cap is missing. However, he can clearly be seen removing his hat as he is winding the window down to talk to Kevin, which is why he is not wearing it in subsequent shots.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Throughout most of the film, the pictures hung on the wall going up the main staircase are consistently fifteen in number, with John Heard and Catherine O'Hara (Peter & Kate) being the lower-most bottom-row photos, and Macaulay Culkin (Kevin) being the one at the very top end, by itself. However, in a couple of scenes there are only 14 pictures - no Kevin up top; completely different (non-closeup) photos where Pete and Kate should be; and several other pictures are different too. (The two scenes are: When Kevin is crazily running around celebrating his newfound freedom (22:23), and later when he's running upstairs screaming after having seen Old Man Marley in front of the house (32:07).)
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): On the phone with the French operator, Frank yells "I am looking for my son! Do you know where he is?" However, Peter knows his son is at the house, he just cannot reach him.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): After Marv is hit with an iron, a wrinkle can be seen in the mark on his face revealing that the iron print is actually a plastic sticker. It can also be seen later when Kevin puts the tarantula on Marv's nose.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Marv is hit in the face with the iron, if you look closely before he falls down you can see that the iron hits him on the forehead, but when he sits up, the iron has left a print that covers his whole face.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Harry and Marv follow Kevin in their van, they initially stop when they are slanted on the road. After the stop for when Kevin turns around to look at them, they are fixed perfectly against the curb.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): In the film that Kevin is watching, "Angels With Filthy Souls", Johnny shoots Snakes with a Thompson machine gun. Snakes is standing in front of a door with a glass window. At the short range that Johnny shoots him, at least some of the bullets would have gone right through Snakes and broken the window.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the McCallisters are leaving in the morning and the neighbor boy is talking to the van driver, he is mouthing the driver's lines (the first time the driver speaks).
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): When Kevin first speaks to the fake Santa about giving a message to the real Santa, he says that his address is 671 Lincoln Blvd. Later on, when the thieves are running through his house, he calls 9-1-1 and tells the operator his address is 656 Lincoln Blvd. This is done so that the police will arrive at the Murphy's house, where Kevin is planning to lead the burglars (as evidenced by Kevin's statement: "My house is being robbed. My name's Murphy.")
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Kevin is having a flashback of his family yelling at him, we see Kate turn around and go down the stairs. When this actually happened, we didn't see her turn around at all.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): When Kevin makes the sign of the cross before eating his dinner, he makes it what would appear as wrong, touching his right shoulder first - however, some eastern catholics, such as Byzantines, bless themselves this way.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Kevin first uses the BB gun to shoot the figurines down the laundry chute, he pumps the rifle forward and then back at 23:21 on the DVD. Later in the film when he prepares to shoot the two robbers through the dog door, he pumps the rifle back and then forward at 76:12.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): While Kevin is in the kitchen with the whole family. Buzz is clearly stuffing the last piece of Kevin's pizza in his mouth. In the next shot he is shown with half a piece of pizza in his hand and his mouth is not stuffed.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Kevin is at the top of the stairs getting his sled ready one shot shows him throw his scarf over his right shoulder and it slips down his arm. In the next shot, from behind, the scarf is clearly thrown behind his shoulder.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Harry slips down the stairs while trying to go in through the front door, he drops his crowbar and doesn't pick it up, but in the next long shot the crowbar is no longer on the ground right next to the steps.
  • Movie Goof (plot holes): There is no explanation about why the "Shoveling Neighbor" had a bloody rag on his hand while in the store or BandAids on his hand when he and Kevin shake hands in the church.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): As Kevin flies through the air outside the front door after he sleds down the stairs, you can see the rollers on the bottom of the toboggan.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Aunt Leslie says "Fuller! Go easy on the Pepsi", it is quite clearly a close-mic voiceover recorded off set (most likely in post-production), as the rest of the dialogue has a completely different natural reverb to this line.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): When Kate takes off from Paris en-route to Dallas (after convincing the old couple to let her use their ticket), the plane shown taking off is a McDonnell-Douglas MD-80. There is no way an MD-80 (which has a maximum non-stop range of between 2000-3000 miles) can make the long flight between Paris and Dallas; a distance of just under 5000 miles. However, nowhere in the film does it state that these are non-stop flights.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): Near the end of the film, as Kevin looks out of the window to see his neighbor reunited with his son, a hand holding a camera is clearly visible.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After the McCallisters realize they've overslept and are frantically running around the house, Heather goes up the same set of stairs twice.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Kevin's father calls the Murphy home while Harry and Marv are robbing it, Marv picks the entire phone off the table. At this point a receiver is visible on the phone. In the next shot of Marv, it is gone. If it was in fact supposed to fall off, the answering machine would have been cut off anyway.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The underside of a Nissan Quest, actually a front-wheel-drive car, appears to have rear-wheel drive.
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