Home Alone
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Trivia: When Kevin is in Buzz's bedroom, he finds in the box a picture of Buzz's girlfriend. This is actually a picture of the art director's son dressed up to look like a girl, because the director, Chris Columbus, thought it would be too harsh to make fun of a girl like that.

Trivia: The infamous black and white movie was called "Angels with Filthy Souls." In "Home Alone 2," it was called "Angels with Filthier Souls" - it was a sequel, as was Home Alone 2.

William Bergquist

Trivia: Kevin's line "You guys give up, or are you thirsty for more?" was improvised.

Trivia: There is a scene where Kevin is walking past a driveway just as Harry and Marv are driving down it, and they stop just in time to avoid hitting him. This was achieved by having Macaulay Culkin walk backwards, as the van was driven in reverse away from him; the film was then shown backwards. It's hard to tell - but if you look at the smoke from the exhaust, it's drifting toward the van rather than away from it. (00:42:15)

Jeff Swanson

Trivia: Macaulay Culkin was only allowed to work for 5 hours a day and so his scenes had to be carefully planned around his schedule, for example he was often filmed alone while other actors' shots could be added to the scene later.

Trivia: The railroad tracks that Kevin crosses are in Winnetka, Ill. behind Hubbard Woods Metra Station. Right across the street is the drug store that Kevin steals the toothbrush from.

Trivia: Christopher Columbus keeps Kevin's sled in his office - it has been signed by all the cast.

Trivia: Chris Columbus' father-in-law makes a cameo as one of the Chicago cops who check the McCallisters' home to see if Kevin is there.

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Trivia: In the beginning of the movie, after the pizza fight scene, Kevin's dad unintentionally throws away Kevin's passport flight ticket to Florida that was hiding in napkins, after the milk from Kevin shoving Buzz into on the table spills over, causing his dad to wipe it up. Kevin wouldn't have got to come along anyhow.

Trivia: When Marv grabs Kevin, Kevin grabs his tarantula spider and puts it on Marv, who then screams. Daniel Stern had to mime his scream because the noise would have scared the spider, and the scream was dubbed in later.

Trivia: The real life house in Winnetka, Illinois that was used for the McAllister's home is censored on Google Maps, likely at the request of the owners.

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Trivia: A small in stature adult man, who was 20 years older than Macaulay Culkin, was used as his stunt double.

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Trivia: Macaulay Culkin reprised his role as Kevin McAllister in 2018, recreating key scenes in the film in an advert for Google Home.

Other mistake: Kevin rides down the stairs on his sled and out the door. He originally lined up the sled at the top of the stairs, but it is clear that the stairs lie to the right of the door. His sled went straight down the stairs, therefore making it impossible to go straight out the door in one movement as shown. (00:25:25)

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Check-Out Woman: Are you here all by yourself?
Kevin McCallister: Ma'am, I'm eight years old. You think I would be here *alone*? I don't think so.

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Question: If Old Man Marley is actually a nice man (and not a "shovel slayer" as Buzz claims) then why does he always give Kevin that cold, creepy stare? After Kevin ran away the first time wouldn't he want to talk to Kevin the next time, to assure him that everything is okay?

Answer: Because he's understandably angry that Kevin's so unreasonably scared of him and assumes the worst in him without even getting a chance to know him. He never gets a chance to talk to him, because he always runs away too quickly. The first time he gives him that stare was when Kevin was watching him shovel from the window. Nobody would like to be stared at like that while doing a simple task.

MikeH

Answer: Marley appears that way mostly because the audience sees him from Kevin's point of view. Marley is miserable and sad because he is estranged from his family, but we see him as a crotchety, unpleasant person because that is what Kevin believes. Buzz had tainted Kevin's opinion of him by spreading the false stories that a gullible Kevin believed were true.

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