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|Directed by||Raja Gosnell|
|Written by||John Hughes|
Home Alone 3 is the third film in the Home Alone movies written and produced by John Hughes. The film is directed by Raja Gosnell, who served as the editor of both original films, and stars Alex D. Linz as Alex Pruitt, a resourceful boy who is left home alone and has to defend his home from four international robbers.
Five years after the events of the last film, a US$10 million missile cloaking computer chip is stolen by four internationally wanted criminals/hitmen, Peter Beaupre (Aleksander Krupa), Earl Unger (David Thornton), Burton Jernigan (Lenny Von Dohlen) and Alice Ribbons (Rya Kihlstedt), all who work for a North Korean terrorist organization. To sneak it past airport security, they hide it inside a toy remote control car. However at San Francisco International Airport, a luggage mix-up occurs, causing Mrs. Hess (Marian Seldes) to inadvertently take the thieves' bag containing the remote control car while returning home to Chicago. The four thieves arrive in Chicago and systematically search every house in Mrs. Hess' neighborhood to find the chip.
Eight-year-old Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) is given the remote control car by Mrs. Hess for shoveling snow, but she lectures him for scratching numerous itches. After returning home, Alex undresses to discover that he is ill with chickenpox and therefore, must stay out of school. While at home, Alex sees the thieves on lookout for the chip through his telescope. Upon discovering Beaupre in a neighbor's house, he alerts the police. However, the thieves leave the house before the police arrive.
After Alex reports the thieves again, they still manage to get away, and the police do not believe him (which is similar to the story book of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"). His mother Karen and his father Jack as well as his siblings Stan and Molly also refuse to believe him and call his actions a nuisance.
Alex decides to take matters into his own hands, and mounts a camera on his remote control car, attempting to film some footage of the thieves who are searching in every house to find the chip. He successfully films Beaupre, but the remote control car is discovered before it can get away, and Beaupre takes the tape. A chase ensues wherein Alex manages to outrun them. Wondering what the thieves want with a remote control car, Alex opens it and discovers the stolen chip. He immediately calls Chicago's Air Force Recruitment Center and informs them about the chip.
The thieves conclude that Alex has the chip and decided to pursue him. As a snowstorm hits Chicago, the thieves block off the road to the house, and Alice duct tapes Hess to a chair in her garage and leaves the door open. By this point, Alex has armed his house with booby traps and prepares to set them off with his pet mouse, Doris, and the loud-mouthed pet parrot of Stan. After their numerous break-in attempts are foiled by Alex's traps, the thieves infiltrate the house and search for Alex. Alex flees to the attic and takes the dumbwaiter down to the basement, then runs outside and calls to Alice, Jernigan and Unger. The thieves see Alex and notice a trampoline below them.
Jernigan and Unger jump, but the trampoline gives way and they fall into a frozen swimming pool. Alice then wriggles her way into the dumbwaiter shaft, but falls down to the basement and suffers a paralysis as Alex had removed the bottom before escaping the house. Alex finally rescues Mrs. Hess, and is cornered by Beaupre, but scares him off with a bubble gun painted to resemble a Glock.
Meanwhile, the FBI, who has also been tracking the chip, goes to Alex's school after being tipped off by the Air Force Recruitment Center. Alex's family brings the agents to their house, where the police arrest Alice, Jernigan and Unger. The family and the police apologize to Alex for not believing him earlier, and Agent Stuckey thanks him for his help. However, Beaupre manages to escape and hides in the snow fort in the backyard. Alex's brother Stan's pet parrot drives the remote control car into the snow fort and threatens to light fireworks which are lined around the inside. Beaupre offers a cracker, but the parrot demands two. Since he only has one, the parrot then lights the fireworks, and escapes. Beaupre's cover is literally blown, and the police arrest him.
Later, the Pruitts hold a celebration for Alex' success while their house is being repaired. Hess, who befriends Alex after he successfully rescues her, attends the celebration with the FBI and the police. They are joined by Jack, who returns home from a work trip, and surprises Alex with another remote control car. In the final scene of the film, while the four thieves are having their mugshot photos taken, they are shown to have Alex's chicken pox.
- Alex D. Linz as Alex Pruitt
- Olek Krupa as Peter Beaupre
- Rya Kihlstedt as Alice Ribbons
- Lenny von Dohlen as Burton Jernigan
- David Thornton as Earl Unger
- Haviland Morris as Karen Pruitt
- Kevin Kilner as Jack Pruitt
- Marian Seldes as Mrs. Hess
- Seth Smith as Stan Pruitt
- Scarlett Johansson as Molly Pruitt
- Christopher Curry as Agent Stuckey
- Baxter Harries ... Police Captain
- James Saito ... North Korean Mob Boss
- Kevin Gudahl ... Techie
- Richard Hamilton ... Cab Driver
- Freeman Coffey ... Recruiting Officer
- Krista Lally ... Dispatcher
- Neil Flynn ... Police Officer #1
- Tony Mockus Jr. ... Police Officer #2 (as Tony Mockus Jr.)
- Pat Healy ... Agent Rogers FBI
- James Chisem ... Police Officer #3 (as James L. Chisem)
- Darwin Harris ... Mugshot Photographer (as Darwin L. Harris)
- Adrianne Duncan ... Flight Attendant
- Sharon Sachs ... Annoying Woman
- Joseph Luis Caballero ... Security Guard (as Joseph L. Caballero)
- Larry C. Tankson ... Cart Driver
- Jennifer A. Daley ... Police Photographer #2 (as Jennifer Daley)
- Darren T. Knaus ... Parrot (voice)
Injuries and traps Edit
Peter Beupre Edit
- Collides with Alice Ribbons head-on while chasing the toy car through a hedge
- Hit on the head by a falling trunk of books and a barbell (with Earl Unger)
- Injures himself in an attempt to open a door which was drilled closed by Alex
- Sprayed in the eyes with black spray paint.
- Gets hit in the crotch by a spring-loaded boxing glove and falls on his gun, causing it to misfire.
- Falls down a loose plank of boards into the basement and crushes Alice.
- Injured by an explosion of fireworks in a snow fort.
Earl Unger Edit
- Hit by Jernigan's minivan
- Gets electrocuted in an attempt to cut a yarn fence wired by Alex
- Collides with a door when he jumps onto the welcome mat with marbles underneath
- Hit by a falling trunk of books and a barbell (with Peter Beaupre).
- Hit by a water balloon and Plaster of Paris.
- A window hits him on the head.
- Gets his feet caught in adhesive glue upon stepping into two Mega Bloks carts with wheels.
- Trips over a board and falls into the basement, gets his fingers caught in a mousetrap, accidentally shoots a toilet pipe, and gets covered in raw sewage.
- Collides with Alice when they attempt to capture Alex and gets hit by a door when Alex closes it.
- Lands into a frozen swimming pool when the trampoline gives way after jumping from the roof (with Burton Jernigan).
Burton Jernigan Edit
- Slips onto a slippery pavement and lands into a garage where he is hit by garden tools
- Electrocuted by sitting on a chair that was wired to a car battery.
- Gets soaked by a garden hose.
- A running lawnmower falls onto him, resulting in an awful haircut.
- Burton Jernigan falls 3 stories into the basement and lands on a toilet, which is crushed.
- Hit in the groin with a hockey club by Alice when the latter attempts to kill Doris
- Lands into a frozen swimming pool when the trampoline gives way after jumping from the roof (with Earl Unger).
Alice Ribbons Edit
- Collides with Peter Beaupre head-on while chasing the toy car through a hedge
- Dragged by a dog after the latter is attracted to Alex's whistel
- Accidentally splits her pants, exposing her red underwear.
- Gets hand stuck in a bucket of industrial-strength glue. She struggles to get free, but loses a glove.
- Gets caught in mud in an attempt to trespass and gets hit by 2 Santa flower pots.
- Injures her back in an attempt to use hand rails (which break) to swing herself up onto the porch.
- Falls down a plank of boards into the basement, with Peter Beaupre following suit.
- Collides with Unger when they attempt to capture Alex
- Falls 3 stories in the dumbwaiter shaft to the basement, resulting in temporary paralysis
The film was pitched at the same time as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and it was planned to produce both movies simultaneously; however, those plans fell through.
The idea for a third Home Alone movie was revived in the mid-1990s; early drafts called for Culkin to return as a teenage version of his character. However, Culkin had dropped out of acting. As a result, the idea was changed to make an entirely new film centering on a new cast of characters. It was filmed in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, with the airport scenes in the beginning of the film being shot in two different concourses at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
The film grossed $79,000,000 worldwide. Critical reception for the film was generally negative upon release. It holds a 27% "rotten" rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews and was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Remake or Sequel." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, however, gave the film a positive review (3 out of 4 stars) and says he found it to be "fresh, very funny, and better than the first two".
Changes in novelizationEdit
- The Stephan's address is 724 Washington Street instead of 3015 Washington Street.
- Instead of Alex saying "The question is, what is it?", he says "The question was, what was it?"
- There was a dog at the Alcott's house instead of a cat.
- Home Alone 3 is the only film to take place after Christmas.
- It is also the first to not take place around Christmas time.
- It was originally going to have Macaulay Culkin return as Kevin and he would face a new pair of burglars.
- Seth Smith (Stan) was in Getting Even With Dad (1994) which starred Macaulay Culkin.
- Haviland Morris (Karen Pruitt), Scarlett Johansson (Molly Pruitt), and Catherine O'Hara (Kate McCallister all had red hair.
- This is the only Home Alone movie were the burglars actually fired the gun.
- Along with Home Alone 2, these are the only two movies that showed the burglars with guns.
- After the movie was finished filming, David Thornton got a very short haircut. This was why his character appeared in the picture of the back of the movie box with short hair.
- According to Mrs. Hess, the burglars and her were going to Chicago from San Francisco.
- Macaulay Culkin refused to do this film simply because he'd grown tired of the role and felt that there was nothing else he could've done with it.
- The first major role for Scarlett Johansson.
- Originally it was planned to film both Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and 'Home Alone 3' back to back.
- This was the final film of John Hughes' five picture contract with Twentieth Century-Fox, to write, produce or direct after the success of the original Home Alone (1990). He wrote and produced Dutch (1991), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Baby's Day Out (1994), Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Home Alone 3 (1997).
- Home Alone 3 was the last film of the series to be released theatrically. Home Alone 4 (2002) and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012) were both made for television movies.
- The original concept involved Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin McCallister, returning as a teenager. However, the plan was scrapped as Culkin dropped out of acting three years earlier as he thought he was outgrowing "childish" roles.