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Home Alone

Year: 1990
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Chris Columbus
Producer: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Cast: Macauley Culkin, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Stern, Joe pesci, John Candy
One of the seminal films of the 1980s, and the one that propelled what to this day must have been the movie industry's most powerful child star. Macauley Culkin's shocked, hands-to-face look launched a thousand marketing campaigns.

Like the best (or is it easiest to digest) ideas, it's one of the simplest concepts. The pint-sized tyke of a huge family is left behind on a family vacation, and when old-schopol slapstick burglars straight out of a buster keaton silent film (Pesci and Stern) besiege the house, the kid does all he can to defend it by outwitting them in a series of brutally cartoonish violent scenes of reprisal.

As cute and funny as it wanted to be and an unexpected massive hit, half a billion dollars which (is those days) qualified as the film of the decade.

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