Home Alone Things You Didn't Know

Things You Didn’t Know About Home Alone (1990)

For many, it is THE Christmas movie. Shockingly, Home Alone (1990) doesn’t make it into many Top 10 or even Top 25 Best Christmas Movie lists, like a recent one from Rotten Tomatoes.

For us, Home Alone (1990) ranks alongside some of the very best Christmas movies of all time, right up there with Die Hard (1988) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

Here’s 10 of the the most interesting things you (probably) didn’t know about Home Alone (1990)…

 

Home Alone Buzz's Girlfriend
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1-Number CircleThe picture Kevin finds of Buzz’s girlfriend was actually a picture of a boy altered to look like a girl.

The film’s director, Chris Columbus, felt it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl in that way. The Art Director’s son was the boy that was used in the photo.

 

 

 

Keep The Change 1-Number CircleThe movie that Kevin watches on video tape is not a real film, but footage specially created for the movie which went by the name “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.

 

 

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Uncle Buck
John Candy in Uncle Buck (1989) | Source: The Sun

The concept for this movie came about during the filming of a scene in Uncle Buck (1989), in which Macaulay Culkin plays a character who interrogates a would-be sitter through the letter opening in the front door.

John Candy filmed his part in just one day, albeit a 23 hour day. The story about having once forgotten his son at a funeral home was entirely improvised. His part was reportedly inspired by the character he played in Planes, Trains & Automobiles(1987), also written by John Hughes.

 

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John Heard Home Alone
John Heard in Home Alone | Source: Cinema Blend

According to Chris Columbus, during an interview with Alec Baldwin, on Baldwin’s podcast “Here’s the Thing”, John Heard was unhappy about working on the film, suspecting that the film was going to be terrible (as did Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). However, upon seeing the finished film and its subsequent success, Heard apologised to Columbus during filming on Home Alone 2 (1992), having broken character before his first take to do so. Columbus stills has the footage of Heard’s apology.

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Macaulay Culkin Home Alone
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990)

Believe it or not, everyone on-set was amazed with how mature and professional young Macaulay Culkin was. Joe Pesci told Entertainment Weekly, “Mac is not like a nine-year-old. He’s an old man already.”

Although the part was written especially for Macaulay Culkin by John Hughes, several hundred other boys were auditioned by Chris Columbus. According to the DVD Commentary, Columbus was hesitant to cast Culkin, because John Hughes had so recently cast him in Uncle Buck (1989), and didn’t want to appear as a pushover in the film community. It was only after auditioning all the other young actors, that he realized Culkin was, in fact, the best choice for the part.

 

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Home Alone Furnace Scene
Home Alone Furnace Scene [Source: Hark]
According to Chris Columbus, Kevin Nordine did all the effects for the film in his parents’ basement in Chicago by drawing all of the effects onto the film. The effects were created for only a few hundred dollars at a time.

The heating implement Kevin uses to heat the doorknob, is an electric charcoal starting tool for barbecue grills.

Chris Columbus envisioned a scene in which the furnace came to life, gets up on all fours and chases Kevin to the stairs. However, the scene would have cost over a million dollars, so it was trimmed down to the furnace simply lighting up, and groaning Kevin’s name.

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Old Man Marley Home Alone
Old Man Marley in Home Alone | Source: Vice

Old Man Marley, played by Roberts Blossom, is rumoured to be a serial killer. Blossom’s most notable role prior to this film was the lead role in Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974) as a fictionalised version of notorious serial killer Ed Gein.

 

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Home Alone Treehouse
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Kevin’s backyard tree house was not originally part of the property.

It was constructed specifically for the movie and demolished once filming ended.

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Though the main plot point is that the McCallister family are in Paris while Kevin remains home alone in Illinois, the production was actually shot entirely within the Chicago area. The scenes supposedly set at Paris-Orly Airport were shot at O’Hare International Airport. The luxurious business class seats they take to Paris were built on the basketball court of a local high school —the same school used for filming the flooded basement scene (in the school’s swimming pool).
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We’re sure he must regret it now, but Robert De Niro turned down the role of Harry Lime, as did Jon Lovitz.  Joe Pesci took it and the rest, as they famously say, is history.

 

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