Flicks in Five: Home Alone

by Lynne Warfel
December 2, 2014

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Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci in 'Home Alone' (© 1990 20th Century Fox.)

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What do the seemingly unrelated locations of Winnetka, Ill., Scranton, Pa., and Paris have in common? Add to those locations the unlikely yet not entirely impossible story of a disorganized, somewhat dysfunctional family leaving the youngest member home on the holidays?

Right — you have the 1990 comedy, Home Alone. Written by John Hughes, the film starred Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara and John Heard, and it was directed by Chris Columbus. As of 2010, Home Alone was the highest-grossing comedy of all time.

It received two Oscar nominations: for John Williams' score and for best song, "Somewhere in My Memory."

We all know the story about the little boy who wishes his family would go away, and then he wakes up one Christmas Eve to find out they have. He fends for himself rather well with the help of a neighbor, and all things come to a happy ending on Christmas Day.

This week on Flicks in Five, we'll hear John Williams' Oscar-nominated song, "Somewhere in My Memory," from Home Alone.