Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

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Corrected entry: Why don't the McAllisters simply contact their local Police station (or have someone from the US Embassy do it for them) and have them arrange for Kevin to be looked after until one of them can get back?

Correction: They did exactly that - contacted the police, who went to the McAllister home to check on Kevin. However, Kevin was scared and hiding under the bed and didn't answer the door, leading the officers to believe that no one was there at all. They left, saying, "Tell 'em to count their kids again!"

Chanteuse66

Corrected entry: When Kevin prepares the house to defend it against the bandits, he pours water over the steps at the front door and on the stairs to the basement. The water freezes practically immediately. In a later shot, when Kevin is running from the bandits to his neighbours house, you see that the street is covered with puddles of (liquid) water.

Correction: The street may have been salted, which would cause ice or snow to melt into puddles. At the same time, an unsalted surface (as in the steps) would continue to accumulate ice.

Corrected entry: When Kevin and Buzz are fighting over the pizza, you can see there are no black boots over by the door of the kitchen. But in the next shot, when he lights the firecrackers with the BBQ lighter, you can see the black boots.

dell

Correction: Already submitted and corrected.

Corrected entry: When Kevin and Buzz are fighting over the pizza, you can see there are no boots over by the kitchen door. But in the next shot when Kevin lights the firecrackers with a BBQ lighter, you can see a pair of black boots standing by the door.

dell

Correction: These aren't consecutive shots. The scene with Buzz and the pizza takes place before the family leaves for vacation; the firecrackers happen later, when Kevin is by himself.

Corrected entry: The McAllister's flight arrives at Paris's Orly airport. Orly is used for domestic/continental flights only. DeGaulle is Paris's international airport.

Correction: Check here for all destinations from Paris-Orly, including USA (under heading 'select destination country (direct flights)'): http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-from/ory/cheapest-flights-from-paris-orly.html?rtn=1

bacupboy

Corrected entry: The flight that the McCallisters take from Chicago to Paris is one of the slowest Trans-Atlantic flights on record, especially considering it's on a Boeing 767. Their flight takes roughly 24 hours; a normal flight from O'Hare to Paris takes roughly 8 hours.

Correction: Firstly, the flight is on a DC-10 (though the movie shows a 757 arriving in Paris). Second, there is no clear reference to the time of day when the McAllisters arrive in Paris. However, assuming a mid-morning departure from Chicago (say 10:00am), an 8 hour flight and the 7 hour time difference, it would be close to 1:00am local when the flight landed.

Corrected entry: In the scene towards the end where Kevin dials 911, we get a shot of the phone with a logo that reads "BellSouth Products" on it. In the Chicago area in 1990, the phone provider would not have been BellSouth, but Ameritech, which is based out of Chicago.

Correction: BellSouth did and does resell residential home telephone sets with their logo. These were definitely available in the Chicago area at that time as I owned one. They were available at most electronics retailers throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Ameritech did sell some phone handsets, but not many.

Corrected entry: After Kevin has been out of the house and said, "I'm not afraid anymore", it was night, but when his mom calls from Paris and they send a policeman to their house, it is broad daylight and Kevin is still under the bed cover.

Correction: When the policeman comes to the house, it's still nighttime.

Corrected entry: The burglars plan to rob Kevin's house at five o'clock. After he talks to the old man who lives next door, Kevin leaves the church and goes home to booby trap his house. The church bells ring eight o'clock. (01:12:50)

Correction: They said nine o'clock not five o'clock.

Corrected entry: The family checks in to a United Ticket Counter, yet they fly an American Airlines plane.

Correction: It's not uncommon (especially around the holidays) for airlines to share ticket counters.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: To pay for his groceries, Kevin hands the cashier a folded-up bill, and the cashier takes it, still folded. When the scene immediately cuts to the cashier, she is holding an unfolded bill.

Sarah Van Winkle

Correction: You can only see the top corner of the bill in that shot. You can't tell if it's folded or unfolded. In the next shot afterwards that you can see the bill, it is unfolded, but she would have had time to unfold it by then.

Corrected entry: In the scene at the end when Kevin runs down the stairs to meet his mom, his hair totally changes in the next shot.

Correction: The wind, as he runs down the stairs, pushed his hair up, but when he is stationary at the bottom of the stairs it returns to normal.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the robber steps on the ornaments as he comes through the window, as he stands up to walk, there are more ornaments than were in the previous scene.

Correction: No it's the same amount except that he has stepped on them breaking them into smaller pieces; hence it makes it look like there are more there.

Corrected entry: When Harry and Marv are swinging on the clothes line they hit the brick wall and it moves.

Correction: I have watched this scene carefully, even pausing it, and I can't see the wall moving. They do however bounce off it due to the speed at which they hit it, which gives the illusion that its the wall moving, but it's actually their bodies that bounce.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Kevin is sentenced to the third floor, you can see that the roof joists of this house are open and un-insulated, making this attic way too cold for use as a spare bedroom - something a resident of "Shermer, Illinois" and not southern California would know.

Correction: We never saw the full room, there could be a heater somewhere in there keeping it warm. In my house there is no working furnace so it also gets very cold here, so we have heaters.

Corrected entry: When the Mom is in the airport trying to get a plane ticket, she offers an old couple her earrings and her rings and her watch, and they agree to take them for their ticket. At the end when she is hugging Kevin, she has her rings and her earrings on.

Correction: They never actually showed the mother giving up the earrings and the ring. It is possible that the old couple was just nice enough to take the money.

Corrected entry: When Kevin pushed Buzz and spills the milk, everyone rushed over to clean it up. Fuller runs over and gets stuck between the chair and the wall. Kevin's aunt runs over to Fuller, and she's maybe five feet away when the scene switches. It shows everyone cleaning up the mess. That lasts for about ten seconds then the scene switches back to Kevin's aunt and Fuller. She just got to him and takes him out from behind the chair. What was she doing for the past ten seconds?

Correction: Maybe the aunt was focusing on Buzz and Kevin and didn't notice that her son was behind the chair.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Uncle Frank backs up into Fuller, you can see that Fuller braces for it.

Correction: That's because he saw the chair coming and was too startled to move out of the way.

Corrected entry: Electrical irons are bottom heavy so that they stand up more sturdily. How would Marv be left with the imprint of the top part when the bottom of the iron falls first?

Correction: The entire iron would fall at the same time. The speed of gravity is not affected by the weight of the object. Both the heavy bottom and the lighter top would fall at the same rate, each having an equal chance of hitting him.

Corrected entry: There was a blackout before the McCallisters' trip, but the automatic timer for the house lights went on as planned.

Correction: Electronic timers have a capacitor power back up, allowing them to retain their timing settings.

Revealing mistake: As Kevin is flying off the front porch on the toboggan, you can see the small wheels mounted on the bottom of the sled to aid in its "jump". (00:25:30)

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