Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
Plot: It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, till he discovers two burglars, Harry and Marv are about to rob his house on Christmas Eve.
Chris Columbus' least favorite booby-trap in the film is Harry getting doused with feathers, because it was too "soft" compared to the other ones throughout the sequence.
The McAllister door-knob burn on Pesci's character at the beginning of the house raid scene is an homage to the main poster used to advertise M (1931).
In the scene when Kevin walks past the driveway just as Harry and Marv are driving down it and stop just in time to avoid hitting him, was achieved by having Macaulay Culkin Walk backwards as the van was driven in reverse away from him the film was then shown Backwards, its hard to tell but if you look closely at the smoke from the exhaust it's drifting towards the van rather than away from it.
Joe Pesci deliberately avoided Macaulay Culkin on set because he wanted Culkin to think he was mean.
In the original script, Uncle Frank was the real mastermind behind Harry and Marv robbing the McAllister house.
The picture Kevin finds of Buzz's girlfriend was a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl because Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that. The boy that was used in the photo was the art director's son.
The movie that Kevin watches on video tape is not a real film, but footage specially created. It was called "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.
Kevin's bed-wetting cousin, Fuller, is played by Macaulay Culkin's younger brother, Kieran Culkin.
During rehearsal for the scene where Harry attempts to bite off Kevin's finger, Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin, leaving a small scar.
Joe Pesci kept forgetting that he was filming a "family" movie during his character's on-screen outbursts, so director Chris Columbus advised him to say "fridge" instead of the "F-word".
Macaulay Culkin drew the map that he uses to set up the traps.
Both Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern felt indifferent about the film's potential during shooting, so they intentionally gave over-the-top performances, neither one of them believing the film would become a massive success.
Robert De Niro turned down the role of Harry.
There is a legend that Elvis Presley (who died in 1977) makes a cameo in this movie. Many of those who believe that Elvis is still alive maintain that the heavily bearded man standing in the background of the scene where Mrs. McCallister is shouting at the desk clerk (just before she meets John Candy) is Elvis.
The poster and video box image of Kevin with his hands on his face and screaming is based on the famous painting "The Scream" by Edvard Munch.
Chris Columbus had storyboarded a few scenes in which Kevin would have dreams where the house comes to life. One included the evil furnace in the basement, which would chase him to the stairs, and another where several toy nutcrackers would come to life along with the house. The scenes, however, would have been too expensive on such a tight budget and the ideas were dropped.
Soon after this film, Hillary Wolf (Meagan, who tells Kevin, you're completely helpless!) quit acting and became a member of the U.S. Olympic Judo team.
Old Man Marley is a nod to Jacob Marley, Scrooge's dead partner in Charles Dickens' A Christmas