The picture of Buzz’s girlfriend is actually a boy.
Screenwriter John Hughes wrote the entire script in just nine days after a bout of traveler’s anxiety.
Hughes’ son James wrote in Chicago magazine that the idea grew out of a hectic start to an August 1989 family trip to Europe. “Two weeks later, after returning home, he revisited the premise: What if one of the kids had been accidentally left behind?” James said.
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Director Chris Columbus auditioned 200 children before casting Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McAllister.
“I think John [Hughes] knew all along that he wanted Macaulay in the movie. I thought he was great in Uncle Buck, but I owed it to myself as director to see other child actors. John said, ‘Okay, take your time, do what you need to do,’ ” Columbus said. “I ended up seeing 200 other kids, looked over hundreds of videotapes. Then Macaulay read, and you immediately knew this was the kid.”
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The iconic John Williams score almost didn’t happen.
In the Home Alone director’s commentary, Columbus said the original composer he chose, Bruce Broughton, didn’t end up being available to score the film, although some teaser posters still have his name on them. There was no composer or score at all while most of the film was shot; Williams was sent a finished print of the movie, which he loved, so he decided to write the music for it.
The McAllister’s house is real, and it’s in Winnetka, Illinois, a suburb about 21 miles north of Chicago.
The family that lived there at the time stayed in their house during most of filming and reportedly loved it. Columbus said the family made hot chocolate for the cast and crew and would invite them inside. It was most recently sold for $1.58 million in 2011.