15 Things You Didn’t Probably Know about Home Alone

On Sunday we looked at the movie Home Alone during our Sunday morning service. You can view that sermon HERE if you missed it or would like to see it again. There are a lot of videos and websites with facts about the movie that you may not have known. I compiled a list of some of the best ones below.

1. Home Alone holds a Guinness World Record.

It received a Guinness World Record for being the highest-grossing live-action comedy of all times. It was also the highest grossing film of 1990.

Home Alone brought in $17,081,997 in its opening weekend, and then held on to its number one spot for 12 weeks and remained in the top 10 until June of the next year. The budget was only $18 million, so it blew that out of the water!

2. The budget was so low that all of the special effects were done out of a guy’s mom’s basement.

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4. When Kevin rides the sled down the stairs the stairs don’t line up with the front door at all.

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5. Macaulay Culkin’s stuntman was 30 years old but roughly the same size as him.

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6. Fuller is really Macaulay Culkin’s little brother.

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7. Potato flakes and fans were used to make the snow on Christmas morning.

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8. Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Calkin’s finger on one take of this scene – and he still has a scar to this day.

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9. The “evil furnace” in the basement was done by two guys with fishing line and flashlights.

The "evil furnace" in the basement was done by two guys with fishing line and flashlights.

10. When Kevin makes a face at Buzz’s girlfriend, it was actually an edited picture of a boy because the director thought it was too mean to make fun of a girl like that.

The picture Kevin finds of Buzz's girlfriend was actually a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl because the director thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that.

11. The tarantula scene was actually real and done in one take, but he had to mime the scream so he didn’t scare the spider.

12. The ornaments in this scene were made out of candy glass, but he really did step on them in his bare feet. When he is walking in the snow later he is actually wearing rubber feet.

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13. The McCallister house – 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois – is now a tourist attraction.

In 2012, the house sold for $1.585 million!

14. John Candy shot his entire role in one day (one 23 hour day, but still one day!). The scene in the truck was shot at 4:30AM.

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15. Robert DeNiro turned down the role of Harry.

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