Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

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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.

Correction: Remember Kevin's neighbour salts the sidewalks each night so it may have been from him.

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: 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.

Correction: Look closely and you will see some type of heater in the attic.

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.

Corrected entry: After Kevin leaves the church where he's talking with the old man he runs home to make a game plan to protect his house. Kevin runs up the walkway to the front door and walks right in - using no key. Was it unlocked the whole time?

Correction: Maybe it was. It's possible Kevin doesn't have a key to the house or doesn't know where a spare set is. I wasn't given a key to my house by my parents until I was probably twelve. If he doesn't have a key, then he has to leave the door unlocked whenever he goes out, lest he locks himself out of the house. Ultimately, an unlocked door is not a movie mistake.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: When the robbers return to the McAllisters' house and are scared off by Kevin's fake "party," why didn't they notice that even though lots of "people" were inside, no cars were parked outside the house?

Correction: As a matter of fact, there WERE cars outside - in the garage (the same cars that made Kevin think his family hadn't gone to the airport.) The guy must have thought all those people were the large amount of people he'd seen when he was disguised as a police officer (he couldn't have remembered them all.)

Corrected entry: The entire plot relies on Kevin's parents being unable to call home to speak to their son, after the phone service to their house is severed by a falling tree (when the McAllisters are getting into the van a utility worker tells Mrs. McAllister that the power has been restored, but that the phones "are a mess" and that it will take several days to repair them, especially around the holidays). Kevin, however, is somehow able to call Little Nero's to deliver his very own cheese pizza; this is never explained. It serves no purpose but to set up the use of the "Angels with Dirty Souls" tape later in the film. If Kevin is able to do this because the phone lines have been fixed at this point (an argument supported by the fact that Mr McAllister is able to call and leave a message with a neighbour who lives on the same block), then this makes even less sense. Considering the mother is so desperate that she bribes passengers at the airport to secure a seat back from Paris, it is unlikely that the family do not continue to call the house on a regular basis. (00:45:50 - 00:47:25)

Correction: The power repairman tells Mrs. McCallister the phone lines are a mess and it will take "a couple days" to get them fixed. This is simply his guess at how long it will take. As for Kevin ordering the pizza, we don't see him make the call, so we don't know how or where he ordered the pizza. We see him walk into town to buy his toothbrush and groceries, so it's reasonable he could have used a phone in town.

That seems pretty unreasonable considering he bought his groceries and returned home in the daytime but his pizza wasn't delivered until nighttime. That also doesn't explain how Mr. McCallister was able to call the neighbors across the street from them and leave a message but didn't attempt to call his own house.

Corrected entry: When Kevin's family arrives late to the airport on their way to Paris, the person at the gate doesn't check their tickets and their seats are waiting for them during the one of the heaviest travel days of the year. Normally, stand-by's would have filled up those seats.

Correction: This was pre-9/11, and as long as they arrived in enough time to board, any standbys would have to give the seats back. We don't see them finding their seats or any standbys leaving, because it simply happens off camera.

Even before 9/11; the Chicago O'Hara airport always checked to make sure passengers had passes for International Flights to make sure no fugitive was attempting to sneak on and escape the country. The attendant not checking their tickets and explicitly saying there were single seats waiting for them in coach is a big error as realistically, even before 9/11, this would not have happened without her making a potentially very serious security error and standbys should be sitting in their seats.

Corrected entry: When the McCallisters leave Chicago, they are flying on a DC-10. The plane that arrives in Paris at the end of the flight is a 757. If they changed planes en route, don't you think that the McAllisters would have noticed that Kevin was missing? He isn't old enough to hold his own passport and his parents would have to be there when he boarded the second flight.

Correction: By the time the plane lands in Paris they are well aware that they forgot Kevin. The fact that they take off in a DC-10 and land in a 757 has already been noted in a different entry.

Then why did his parents fly on to Paris? Why wouldn't Mrs McAllister report Kevin missing at the first opportunity - the first airport at which they landed? Given the range of the DC10 that is likely to be Heathrow in London or Shannon in the Republic of Ireland. Why not get off there and sort out a return flight to the USA?

There is no suggestion in the story that the plane stopped anywhere on its way to Paris. The DC-10/757 switcheroo appears to be little more than sloppy use of stock footage. This is reinforced later in the movie (in my opinion) when Kate McAllister's return flight to the US is shown departing Paris using footage of a DC-9, which has nowhere near the range required to fly to Dallas (Kate later rants "I have been from Chicago to Paris to Dallas to... where the hell am I?).

Corrected entry: When Fuller is drinking a Pepsi, a crew member is reflected on his glasses. (00:09:00)

dell

Correction: This is a bit of a stretch, the house is full of people all sat eating pizza around Fuller. Could simply be one of them.

Ssiscool Premium member

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: 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: 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: 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: During the head count, Heather (the girl counting heads) counts herself twice-once at the beginning and then at the end. So even if Kevin was there instead of Mitch Murphy, there would still only have been 10 kids, therefore another kid had to have been missing.

Correction: She does count herself twice but because Buzz was talking she put her hand on the blonde-headed girl next to him but doesn't say her number and if you pay attention to who she counted the girl should have been six, but she counted Buzz as Six. So she may have counted herself twice because she had forgotten to give the blonde-headed girl a number or she forgot she counted herself, but either way she still counted the correct number of kids there should be.

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: 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: When Kate is calling for Kevin she has snow on her hair, but in the next shot that snow is gone.

dell

Corrected entry: When Kevin and Buzz are fighting over by the pizza you can see a cup filled with Pepsi but in the next shot the cup is facing down on the table. (00:09:35)

dell

Correction: It gets knocked over in all the commotion.

Continuity mistake: When Kevin goes to the grocery, he buys Tide detergent. While walking home, the two bags break, but no Tide detergent falls out.

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Trivia: The infamous black and white movie was called "Angels with Filthy Souls." In "Home Alone 2," it was called "Angels with Filthier Souls" - it was a sequel, as was Home Alone 2.

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Question: Maybe I missed it, but did the McAllisters even bother to call home? I don't remember them calling the house at all. Why wouldn't that be the first thing they do? Kevin seems to be pretty independent for his age. He might have not answered the door, but I'm sure he would have answered the phone.

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: They did but the power and phone lines were down due to a tree branch that had fallen on them the night before the family left. A flight attendant on their plane mentions that attempts had been made to call the McAllisters' home but "the phones are still out of order".

Jeff Swanson

But how did he call the police at the end if the phone lines were down.

That was several days later. Clearly the phone lines were repaired over the course of the film.

The film takes place over 3 or 4 days.

Ssiscool Premium member

After the storm the lineman tells them the power has been restored but the phone lines are "a mess" and that it would take several days to get them fixed. They were out initially, and then in various stages of repair afterward.

It's ridiculous though that the phones are apparently working by the time they land (Kate's SIL calls everyone on their street). Yet none of them try the house again.

Answer: The phone lines were fixed by the end of the movie. Remember, this takes place over the course of several days.

Answer: That is also how Kevin was able to order his cheese pizza from Little Nero's.

zredman

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