Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two would-be burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The film also features Catherine O’Haraand John Heard as Kevin’s parents.
1. Screenwriter John Hughes wrote the entire script in just nine days after a bout of traveler’s anxiety.
It actually all started when Hughes had a hectic experience on a family trip to Europe!
2. Director Chris Columbus auditioned 200 children before casting Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister.
“I think John knew all along that he wanted Macaulay in the movie. I thought he was great in Uncle Buck, but I owed it to myself as director to see other child actors. John said, ‘Okay, take your time, do what you need to do,’ ” Columbus said. “I ended up seeing 200 other kids, looked over hundreds of videotapes. Then Macaulay read, and you immediately knew this was the kid.”
3. The John Williams score almost didn’t happen.
Williams was sent the entire movie after it was shot.
4. The house is a real house. You can find it in Winnetka, IL.
It’s about 21 miles outside of Chicago.
5. Yet many of the interior shots of the house were shot inside the Chicago area.
They even used a high school’s swimming pool for the basement.
6. Robert De Niro and Jon Lovitz both turned down the role of Harry Lime.
Who else felt sorry for this guy?