Revealing mistake: When Henry's mom is pushed off the cliff her cable is visible.
Henry (Macaulay Culkin) drowned his baby brother, Richard out of sibling jealousy.He and Mark (Elijah Wood) end up dngling on the edge of the cliff, both clinging on to Susan (Wendy Crewson). Susan, finally realizing her son Henry is indeed beyond saving, lets him fall to his death onto the sea rocks below, and saves Mark, her nephew.
Trivia: For the treehouse sequence, young Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood made the 30-foot climb up the tree themselves, with no safety nets or wires. However, the tree was mostly surrounded (everything outside of the camera frame) with elaborate scaffolding, sufficient to support all the camera crew and equipment, so the boys were always within arm's reach of an adult.
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