Home Alone

Continuity mistake: When Kevin's mom is in Scranton at the airport counter, her coat is resting on her shoulders so that it's open. In the next shot, the coat is closed more, so the sides are close together.

Bishop73

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is preening himself in the mirror while giving a running commentary of his washing habits, you can see the shower gel (facing forward), aftershave and deodorant to his left by the sink. When it cuts to a close shot, a bottle of fragrance has mysteriously appeared by these items and the shower gel is facing away from Kevin.

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Continuity mistake: In the shot where Buzz is eating the slice of pizza, he is shoving it into his mouth all bent up. In the next shot from another angle, he is eating it flat and it seems to be a whole new slice. (00:08:50)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the robber is breaking into the basement, the steps and concrete by the door are icy. However, when the camera angle changes and it shows the same scene looking out of the basement, there is no ice at all.

Continuity mistake: When Harry is telling Marv when the Christmas lights on the house are going off, right before they are going to rob the house, they show the dashboard of the van. There is nothing on it. When they pull into the driveway, there's paper and other things on the dashboard.

Continuity mistake: When Harry and Marv are first stalking Kevin in their van, they pull up to the curb and stop at an angle to it. In the next shot, the view out the back of the van and the view of the van from the front show the van parked parallel to the curb.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is hiding in the nativity set, you can see him on the right, just covered in the green robe. When it changes to the close up shot, he's now holding a shepherd's staff, which would have been visible in the previous shot.

Bishop73

Continuity mistake: As Kevin runs away from the nativity scene after hiding from the Harry and Marv, his scarf is done up to the right (over his right shoulder). When he reveals himself from the nativity scene from under the green robe, his scarf is done up to the left (over his left shoulder).

Continuity mistake: When the robber with the beard gets hit in the face with an iron, the iron hits him on the face, and leaves a mark slanted to the right. It also leaves a mark on his nose. When the two robbers are talking after they have been tricked and before Kevin puts the spider on one of the robbers, the iron mark is vertical and there is no mark on the nose anymore.

Continuity mistake: When Kevin puts down his milk and snack on the table, he is looking at the presents under the tree. When he wakes up thinking his mom might be home and calling for her, when he goes in the room where the tree is, there are no presents.

movielove

Continuity mistake: When Marv and Harry first attempt to break into the McCallister's house, Harry tells Marv to go to the basement, and he goes to the front door. With the front steps covered in ice, Harry slips and falls down the steps, and his crowbar clanks down at the bottom of the first step. When Harry gets up and continues trying to get up the steps and into the house, the crowbar disappears - it is not in his hands.

Hawk

Continuity mistake: When Kevin is shooting toys off the laundry chute, his rifle is cocked by pushing forward on the slide, then pulling back. Later, when Kevin is shooting Marvin in the pet door, Kevin pulls back on the slide, then forwards to cock the gun.

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Continuity mistake: When Marv slips while walking down to the basement, he lands on the right side of the steps. When the angle changes, he is laying on the left side.

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Continuity mistake: When Kevin is dancing to 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree' in the living room, the position of the record player is straight, but in the next shot it is halfway crooked.

dell

Continuity mistake: When Kevin is shopping for groceries the paper towels are in the cart, but in the next shot the paper towels are on the conveyor belt.

dell

Continuity mistake: When Kevin puts the food in the casher you can see a lot of people next to him, but in the next shot there's only one person behind him.

dell

Continuity mistake: When Mrs MacAllister is trying to get on the plane to Dallas, it is light in Paris. The movie cuts to evening scenes in Chicago. That cannot be. If it is evening in Chicago it is either night or very early morning in Paris - too early for it to be light. And when the plane takes off, it is darker than during check-in - showing that it is evening and not morning. December dusk in Paris is noon in Chicago.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Harry slips and somersaults down the Mccallister's iced front door steps for the second time, his hat falls off at the base of the stairs while he's tumbling, yet in the subsequent shot showing Harry, he is wearing his hat again.

Continuity mistake: Marv is walking up steps covered in tar in the basement. He gets some tar on his feet and we see it in the nail scene. When he falls and grabs his feet, his feet are clean from then on.

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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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Kevin McCallister: This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?

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

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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: 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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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

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