Home Alone

So, I’m showing my students Home Alone today, and having them make note of 10 ironic instances in the film. See, I’m a good teacher. No wasted time right? Home Alone cracks me up and is another one of my favorite holiday films. Here is some trivia for you and some pics to go along with it. Have a great Thursday!

–John Candy filmed his part in only 1 day, albeit an extremely long 23-hour day. The story about having once forgotten his son at a funeral home was entirely improvised. His part is obviously inspired by the character he played in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) also written by John Hughes.

–The concept for this movie originated during the filming of a scene in Uncle Buck (1989) in which Macaulay Culkin plays a character who interrogates a would-be-babysitter through a letterbox.

–The movie that Kevin watches on video tape is not a real film, but footage especially created. It was called “Angels With Filthy Souls.” Along with other similar era references in the movie, this is a play upon the movie Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) starring James Cagney.

–The role of Uncle Frank was written for Kelsey Grammer.

–Jeffrey Wiseman who plays the inquisitive neighbor, Mitch Murphy, auditioned for the role of Kevin McCallister.

–Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as the “Highest Box Office Gross – Comedy”, accumulating $533,000,000 internationally.

–The posters and DVD cases for the movie had Culkin with his hands on his face and screaming, based on the famous painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch.

–Joe Pesci kept forgetting that he was filming a “family” movie during his characters on-screen outbursts so director Chris Columbus advised him to say “fridge” instead of the “F-word”.

–Despite filming a family movie, Daniel Stern once slipped in the “s-word”, which can be heard when he is retrieving his boot through the doggy door at 55:27 on the DVD.

–Although the part was written especially for Macaulay Culkin by John Hughes, several hundred other boys were auditioned by director Chris Columbus just because he wanted to confirm that Culkin was right for the part.

–The wax-and-plastic artificial snow used in this film was given to the Lyric Opera of Chicago when shooting finished. It has since been used in numerous opera productions.

–Robert De Niro turned down the role of Harry.

–Little Nero’s Pizza is an parody of Little Caesar’s Pizza. “Caesar” was the title used by Roman emperors, such as Nero.

–In the scene where Harry bites Kevin’s finger, Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin, leaving a scar on his finger.

–Daniel Stern agreed to have the tarantula put on his face for exactly one take. He had to mime screaming because the noise would have scared the spider, and the scream was dubbed in later.

–The picture Kevin finds of “Buzz’s girlfriend” was a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl because Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that.

–Several of Chris Columbus’ family members make cameos in the film: His mother-in-law and his then infant daughter Eleanor Columbus are both passengers on the plane. His wife Monica Devereux-Columbus is a stewardess and his father-in-law plays the police officer who gives the line “tell them to count their kids again.”


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  1. I LOVED this movie. I remember th first time I saw it I took the three little girls that I babysat to go see it. so fun. so many fun, random facts!

  2. Hye sweet girl,

    I think it’s great to show a moveie during the last days before winter break. That movie is so cute too.
    wow what a background, i never knew.
    have a great weekend.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    I think I’ve seen Home Alone lots of times (and they show it during Christmas) but didn’t know these facts about it. 😀

    Personally, I prefer Robert de Niro to play to role of Harry. He’s just a great actor. :)

  4. I’d totally be a student teacher today if I had known you were showing this movie. I love this movie, omg. I never knew that the lil movie shooting thing wasn’t real!! I always wanted to see it. lol. Hope your students enjoy!! =)

  5. I love Home Alone…actually, so does my pops. We used to watch it so much that my mom would leave the room b/c she got so sick of it. I also used to love teachers like you…even though there was work involved – watching a movie was so much better than a lecture!


  6. Bonjour Kori! This was the favorite movie of two of my nephews, we must have watched it a dozen times together. Lots of interesting facts. I’m with Lily Lemontree – I wish you were my teacher when I was a kid!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  7. I wish I had such a creative teacher when I was a kid! Love this movie and now there is something for you this time over at my blog!
    Have a great day, honey!

  8. Your students must LOVE you! I’ve seen this move countless times and I never tire of it!

    Once again, I love all the behind the scenes info.

    Hope you’re having a fabulous day sweet friend!

    Love and hugs,

  9. I just told my hubby that we should watch Home Alone. It’s a holiday must see movie. Interesting facts. I’ll be sure to pay attention and be on the look out for the cop and stewardess this time. Hope you are having a awesome day.


  10. have a fun schoolday! i love home alone as well. the house in it is beautiful. and i love “somewhere in my memory” haha

  11. Neat, I never knew all this stuff. I love this movie as evidenced by the multiple times I’ve seen it. Now I can’t wait to see it again and look for all these tips.

  12. i am totally sending this post to my boyfriend! we both love home alone and i loved all those little facts :)


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