Macaulay Culkin became a top box office star at the age of 9 with his instantly relatable performance as Kevin McCallister, the neglected son of an extended family who finds himself the sole defender of his suburban home against a pair of bumbling but determined thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). A collaboration between writer-producer John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) and director Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire), it was one of the most popular family films of its time, and received nominations for John Williams’s Nutcracker-homage score and his original song "Somewhere In My Memory" (lyrics by Leslie Bricusse).
DIRECTED BY: Chris Columbus. WRITTEN BY: John Hughes. WITH: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara. 1990. 103 min. USA. Color. English. Rated PG; suitable for ages 10+. 35mm. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
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