Home Alone (1990): Family Comedy Starring Macaulay Culkin

This family comedy unexpectedly became one of the most popular movies of the decade.

Macaulay Colkin plays Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), a young boy accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season.

Realizing that he’s literally  left “home alone,” Kevin learns to fend for himself and, and eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin’s suburban Chicago neighborhood.

The tale’s original premise and Culkin’s charming presence made the comedy a bonanza at the box-office, leading to remakes and pale imitations.

Oscar Nominations: 2

Song: Somewhere in My Memory, music by John Wiliams, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.

Original Score: John Williams

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The Song Oscar winner was “Sooner or Later” (I Always Get My Man), by Stephen Sondheim from Dick Tracy.

John Barry won the Score Oscar for Dances with Wolves.


Original Score: John Williams


Running time: 105 minutes.

Directed by Chris Columbus

Written by John Hughes

In Theaters: Nov 16, 1990 Wide

On DVD: October 5, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox