Home Alone is an American written and produced by John Hughes and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister an 8-year-old boy, who is left behind when his family are on a trip to Paris.
While initially by himself, he is later greeted by two burglars, Harry and Marv who are played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
The McCallister family prepares to spend Christmas with Peter and Frank's brother, Rob in Paris, France, gathering at Peter and Kate's home in Chicago the night before their flight. 8-year-old Kevin, Peter and Kate's youngest son, finds himself the subject of ridicule from his cousins and siblings.
During dinner, which happens to be pizza, Buzz feigns into vomiting on the floor after eating Kevin's cheese pizza on purpose. After reacting calmly at first, Kevin then runs over and tackles him. Buzz is pushed back, accidentally spilling milk on the airline tickets and passports. Kate is eager to break up the scuffle, pay the pizza boy, and she sends Kevin to the third floor bedroom of the house as a punishment, where Kevin wishes he wants his family to disappear. During the night, high winds kick up, causing a tree branch to fall off and land on a power line, resulting in a power outage. The family sleeps in and desperately rushes to pack their stuff to catch the fans that will take them to the airport. A neighbor boy named Mitch Murphy is mistaken for Kevin in a head count, and the family hastily departs to the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, for a flight to Paris-Orly Airport.
During the flight, Kate realizes that they have left Kevin behind, and once everyone is in Paris, she immediately tries to book a return flight back to Chicago. Kate manages to fly into Dallas and Scranton, but the flight to Chicago was out of order. Desperate to return home, she is overheard by a man named Gus Polinski and his polka band, the Kenosha Kickers, who are driving to Milwaukee after their flight was canceled. Kate accepts and rides with the polka band.
Meanwhile, Kevin wakes up to find the house empty and is overjoyed to find that his wish came true. He gets away with taking Buzz's life savings, practicing shooting Buzz's BB gun, jumping on the bed, watching Angels With Filthy Souls,and eating a large amount of junk food such as a big ice cream sundae. However, Kevin finds himself scared by the appearance of the Chicago Police Department (called by his parents to check on Kevin via pay phone from Paris-Orly), his next door neighbor "Old Man" Marley, who was rumored to have murdered his family many years earlier by Buzz, and the appearance of The Wet Bandits, Harry Lyme and Marv Merchants, who are breaking into other vacant houses along the block.
The Wet Bandits are aware of which houses are vacant, as Harry posed as a police officer doing wellness checks on families before the holidays. On Christmas Eve, Kevin manages to overhear Harry and Marv discuss plans for breaking into his house that night. After conversing with a fake Santa Claus and heading into a church, where he watches a local choir perform in hopes to have his family return, Kevin encounters Marley, and comes to realize that he is a nice man and that none of the rumors about him are true. Kevin finds out that Marley has been estranged from his son for quite some time after an argument for an unknown reason many years before Kevin and his family moved next-door and suggests that he reunite with him for Christmas.
His own spirits lifted by encouraging Marley, Kevin returns home to prepare a series of booby traps about the house before 9:00 pm. Harry and Marv, who were initially fooled by Kevin's illusions that the house is occupied, now realize that he is home alone and attempt to break in, running into the various traps. After the two spring almost every trap in the house, Kevin flees to the second floor of the house, and dials 9-1-1 from a landline.
Harry and Marv manage to chase Kevin out of the house; he then flees to the vacant neighboring home, which was unlocked and unoccupied. The Wet Bandits trap Kevin when he runs to the top of the stairs connecting the basement and the first floor. They decide to do the same things that Kevin did to them and Harry decides to bite Kevin's fingers off one at a time first, but Marley sneaks in and knocks them out unconscious with his snow shovel, thus saving Kevin's life, and takes Kevin home. Shortly after Kevin is safely returned home, Harry and Marv are arrested. Additionally, the police were aware of every house The Wet Bandits have hit because of Marv's habit of leaving the household's water running to leave their mark. Kevin then places some food and milk on a table, having set up Christmas all by himself.
Kevin wakes up the next morning to find that his mother has come back as Kevin reconciles with her. Shortly after that, the rest of the McCallisters, having traveled directly to Chicago from Paris, arrive. Kevin and Buzz have a moment of reconciliation. Kevin tells his family that he bought groceries and laundry supplies while Kevin's family were away, but keeps silent about his encounter with Harry and Marv. However, Peter finds Harry's missing gold tooth and wonders what it is.
Kevin then goes over to the window and smiles upon discovering that Marley took his advice, and watches as he and his son reunite and reconcile. While hugging his granddaughter, Marley looks up, sees Kevin and, smiling, waves to him as a sign of thanking him, and Kevin, also grinning, waves back. At the end of the film, Buzz interrupts Kevin's musings by calling out, "Kevin, what did you do to my room?!"
Immediately as Kevin runs off, the credits begin to roll.
Billie Bird as Irene
Bill Irwin as Ed
Edited for Television Edit
When aired on Disney Channel, Fox, NBC, or ABC Family, some scenes were edited like:
- When Kevin asks Buzz if he could sleep in his room to avoid sleeping with Fuller (who wets the bed when given a lot to drink), Buzz normally says: "I wouldn't let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my ass!", but in some instances, he says "I wouldn't let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my butt!".
- When Kevin asked if he could sleep in Buzz's room, Buzz called him a "phlegmwad" which means a jerk or prick.
- When Kevin tackled Buzz on spilled milk, Peter threw away Kevin's plane ticket.
- Even thought the McCallisters apparently flew from Chicago O'Hare to Paris-Orly, they actually landed at O'Hare.
- Even though Frank is acting like a jerk when he tells Peter, "you be positive, I be realistic", since their plane leaves in forty five minutes, he is actually right, it takes at least thirty minutes to get from Winnetka to O' Hare and they have fifteen people trying to make an international flight.
- When Kevin zip lined across his yard, it was clearly a stunt double.
- When Marv was walking through the snow, he was wearing rubber feet.
- Also, when Marv stepped on the ornaments, the ornaments were made out of glass candy.
- There is a cut scene were Rob and Georgette are welcoming the family with a poster but, the clan rushes through the sign, ripping it.
- There is another scene that was cut showing Uncle Frank pulling Kevin's pants down.
- When it shows Kevin on a sleigh about to ride out the front door, it is obvious that the angle Kevin is at should make him crash into the wall.
- When Kevin speeds out the front door on the sleigh, there is no way he can get a lot of elevation since the stairs leading up to his front door is very small.
- Catherine O'Hara revealed in 2014 that Macaulay Culkin still calls her "Mom."
- The picture Kevin finds of Buzz's girlfriend was a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl because director Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that. The boy that was used in the photo was the art director's son.
- The movie that Kevin watches on video tape is not a real film, but footage specially 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 (1938) starring James Cagney.
- John Candy improvised all of his lines.
- Marv's lines, "Why the hell are you dressed like a chicken," and, "Maybe he committed suicide," were improvised by Daniel Stern.
- During rehearsal for the scene where Harry attempts to bite off Kevin's finger, Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin, leaving a small scar.
- Joe Pesci kept forgetting that he was filming a family movie during his character's on-screen outbursts, so director Chris Columbus advised him to say "fridge" instead of the F-word.