October 8, 2013
20th Century Fox
Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left home alone by his family while they fly off to France for Christmas vacation. Kevin loves his freedom, delightedly gorging himself on sweets and staying up late -- until he is forced to defend his home from a team of burglers. But Kevin learns that self-defense can be fun too, as he goes about flying to defeat the bumbling thieves.
A young boy wakes up to find that his Christmas wish has come true--his large family has disappeared. Taking full advantage of his freedom, he learns some lessons about independence, responsibility, defending the home against two bungling burglars--and how nice it is to have a family! Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score.
Macauley Culkin's real-life brother, Kieran, appears as his fictional cousin, Fuller, in the film.
Next-door neighbor Marley is played by Roberts Blossom. Blossom is best known to horror-movie fans as Ezra Cobb, the farmer and mass murderer in "Deranged". "Deranged" was based on the true story of Ed Gein, which also served loosely as the inspiration for "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Filmed on location in Chicago, Illinois. Shooting began February 14, 1990; completed May 16, 1990. Estimated budget $13 million. Color by Deluxe.
Released in USA and Canada November 16, 1990. Released on video August 22, 1991.
Film was, at the time, the third highest-grossing film of all time.
Reviewed in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times 11/16/1990, and Monthly Film Bulletin 1/1990.
Running time is listed as 102 minutes in most sources, with some sources listing either 98 minutes or 105 minutes.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.