Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 mins | Comedy | 20 November 1992

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writer:

John Hughes

Producer:

John Hughes

Cinematographer:

Julio Macat

Editor:

Raja Gosnell

Production Designer:

Sandy Veneziano
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HISTORY

Home Alone (1990, see entry) was an enormous success, and on 7 Apr 1991, the LAT announced that writer-producer John Hughes would make a sequel, tentatively titled Alone Again, if he could reassemble the core cast from the first film.
       A production chart in the 23 Jul 1991 HR reported principal photography on Home Alone, Again would begin Sep 1991 in Chicago, IL. However, filming was pushed back, and the 21 Oct 1991 Var noted the filmmakers planned to shoot in New York City for six weeks during the holiday, and the “code name” for the film while shooting in New York was Christmas in the Park. A 3 Mar 1992 HR production chart stated that principal photography on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York began 9 Dec 1991, and locations included Chicago, Los Angeles, CA, and New York City. Production notes in AMPAS library files reported the production had a nineteen week schedule, and principal photography was completed on 6 May 1992.
       A salary chart in the 1 Jul 1991 Time reported that actor Macaulay Culkin was paid $110,000 to portray “Kevin McCallister” in Home Alone, and was paid $4.5 million to reprise the role in the sequel. According to articles in the 14 Dec 1992 DV and the 11 Jan 1993 Var, the film’s budget was approximately $30 million, with an additional $25 million in marketing costs. The film was released on 20 Nov 1992 and quickly became the “holiday season’s biggest hit.” ... More Less

Home Alone (1990, see entry) was an enormous success, and on 7 Apr 1991, the LAT announced that writer-producer John Hughes would make a sequel, tentatively titled Alone Again, if he could reassemble the core cast from the first film.
       A production chart in the 23 Jul 1991 HR reported principal photography on Home Alone, Again would begin Sep 1991 in Chicago, IL. However, filming was pushed back, and the 21 Oct 1991 Var noted the filmmakers planned to shoot in New York City for six weeks during the holiday, and the “code name” for the film while shooting in New York was Christmas in the Park. A 3 Mar 1992 HR production chart stated that principal photography on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York began 9 Dec 1991, and locations included Chicago, Los Angeles, CA, and New York City. Production notes in AMPAS library files reported the production had a nineteen week schedule, and principal photography was completed on 6 May 1992.
       A salary chart in the 1 Jul 1991 Time reported that actor Macaulay Culkin was paid $110,000 to portray “Kevin McCallister” in Home Alone, and was paid $4.5 million to reprise the role in the sequel. According to articles in the 14 Dec 1992 DV and the 11 Jan 1993 Var, the film’s budget was approximately $30 million, with an additional $25 million in marketing costs. The film was released on 20 Nov 1992 and quickly became the “holiday season’s biggest hit.” The original film, Home Alone, reached a box-office gross of $100 million in thirty-three days, and its sequel attained that box-office height in only twenty-four days. The domestic gross of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York surpassed $150 million over the weekend of 8-10 Jan 1993, and was projected to exceed more than $400 million in worldwide earnings.
       End credits include the following statements: “Clip from How The Grinch Stole Christmas provided by Turner Entertainment Co.”; “Footage from It’s A Wonderful Life provided b Republic Pictures Home Video”; and, “Special thanks to: Mayor Richard M. Daley; Chicago Film Office; Illinois Film Office; New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting; The Plaza Hotel; American Airlines; A.B.C. Carpet & Home Company; The Bombay Company; Enesco Corporation; Tiger Electronics; The Illinois State Lottery Game/WGN-TV, Chicago.” An additional acknowledgment reads: "Animal action monitored by the American Humane Association with on-set supervision by The Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Dec 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Nov 1992
p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
7 Apr 1991.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Nov 1992
p. 1.
New York Times
20 Nov 1992
p. 1.
Time
1 Jul 1991.
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Variety
21 Oct 1991.
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Variety
16 Nov 1992
p. 65.
Variety
11 Jan 1993
p. 1, 84.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Twentieth Century Fox presents
A John Hughes production
A Chris Columbus film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Addl 2d 2d asst dir, New York unit
Addl 2d 2d asst dir, New York unit
DGA trainee, New York unit
2d unit dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
B cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Video playback
Video asst
Chicago gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Key grip
Chicago key grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
1st asst cam, New York unit
2d asst cam, New York unit
B cam 1st asst, New York unit
B cam 2d asst, New York unit
Cam trainee, New York unit
Gaffer, New York unit
Best boy, New York unit
Grip best boy, New York unit
Dolly grip, New York unit
Still photog, New York unit
B cam op, Los Angeles unit
B cam 2d asst, Los Angeles unit
Video assist, Los Angeles unit
Best boy - elec, Los Angeles unit
Best boy - grip
Still photog, Los Angeles unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Video playback, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Cranes and dollies by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Illustrator
Art dept coord
Art dir, New York unit
Art dir, Los Angeles unit
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
Set dresser, New York unit
Asst ed, New York unit
Asst ed, Los Angeles unit
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Lead set des
Set des
Set des
Set des
Leadman
On set dresser
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Labor foreman
Carpenter foreman
Carpenter foreman
Carpenter foreman
Head painter
Head painter
Paint foreman
Standby painter
Sign painter
Rock set des
Greensman
Set dec, New York unit
Leadman, New York unit
Prop master, New York unit
Asst props, New York unit
Const coord, New York unit
Standby scenic artist, New York unit
Leadman, Los Angeles unit
On set dresser, Los Angeles unit
Prop master, Los Angeles unit
Const coord, Los Angeles unit
Const general foreman
Labor foreman, Los Angeles unit
Const foreman, Los Angeles unit
Carpenter foreman, Los Angeles unit
Paint foreman, Los Angeles unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Asst cost des
Costumer
Seamstress
Costumer, New York unit
Costumer, New York unit
Costumer, Los Angeles unit
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Mus preparation
Asst mus ed
Scoring mixer
Scoring rec
Mus contractor
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd tech
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Rec
Supv sd eff ed
Supv sd eff ed
ADR supv
ADR voice casting
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Sd ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Addl audio
Addl audio
Addl audio
Sd mixer, New York unit
Boom op, New York unit
Rec, New York unit
Spec eff, New York unit
Boom op, Los Angeles unit
Sd tech, Los Angeles unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff supv
Spec eff set foreman
Spec eff shop foreman
Spec eff
Spec eff const foreman
Main and end titles des and prod by
Opticals by
Spec visual eff prod at
Visual eff supv, Matte World
Matte painting supv, Matte World
Exec in charge of prod, Matte World
Matte artist, Matte World
Matte artist, Matte World
Matte artist, Matte World
Motion control op, Matte World
Cam asst, Matte World
Spec digital eff by
Spec eff, New York unit
Spec eff, Los Angeles unit
Spec eff, Los Angeles unit
MAKEUP
Spec makeup
Addl spec makeup
Key makeup
Asst makeup
Key hair
Asst hair
Makeup, New York unit
Hair, New York unit
Asst makeup, Los Angeles unit
Asst hair, Los Angeles unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Scr supv
Pigeon wrangler
Pigeon wrangler
Pigeon wrangler
Pigeon wrangler
Pigeon wrangler
Pigeon wrangler
Prod accountant
1st asst accountant
2d asst accountant
Asst accountant
Post prod accountant
Payroll master
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Asst to John Hughes
Asst to John Hughes
Asst to Chris Columbus
Asst to Mark Radcliffe
Asst to Duncan Henderson
Asst to Richard Vane
Asst to Joe Pesci
First aid
Craft service
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Unit pub
Casting asst
Casting asst
Extras casting
Caterer, Angel's Food Service
Studio teacher
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Prod office intern
Prod office intern
Prod office intern
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Loc mgr, New York unit
Loc mgr (2d unit), New York unit
Loc asst, New York unit
Loc asst, New York unit
Loc asst, New York unit
Loc scout, New York unit
Loc scout, New York unit
Video playback, New York unit
Video playback, New York unit
Payroll master, New York unit
Unit coord, New York unit
Asst prod coord, New York unit
Prod secy, New York unit
Transportation capt, New York unit
Transportation co-capt, New York unit
Caterer, New York unit
Caterer, New York unit
Teachers, New York unit
Office prod asst, New York unit
Office prod asst, New York unit
Extras casting, New York unit
Loc mgr, Los Angeles unit
Payroll master, Los Angeles unit
Asst prod coord, Los Angeles unit
Prod secy, Los Angeles unit
Transportation coord, Los Angeles unit
Transportation capt, Los Angeles unit
Tutor, Los Angeles unit
Craft service, Los Angeles unit
Office prod asst, Los Angeles unit
Office prod asst, Los Angeles unit
Set prod asst, Los Angeles unit
Extras casting, Los Angeles unit
Video playback, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by John Hughes.
AUTHOR
SONGS
“All Alone On Christmas,” written and produced by Steven Van Zandt, performed by Darlene Love
“A Holly Jolly Christmas,” written by Johnny Marks, produced by Keith Stegall, performed by Alan Jackson, courtesy of Arista Records
“Home Alone Christmas Medley,” arranged and conducted by John Williams
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SONGS
“All Alone On Christmas,” written and produced by Steven Van Zandt, performed by Darlene Love
“A Holly Jolly Christmas,” written by Johnny Marks, produced by Keith Stegall, performed by Alan Jackson, courtesy of Arista Records
“Home Alone Christmas Medley,” arranged and conducted by John Williams
“Jingle Bell Rock,” written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe, performed by Bobby Helms, courtesy of MCA Records
“Cool Jerk,” written by Donald Storball, performed by The Capitols, courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” written by Meredith Wilson, performed by Johnny Mathis, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
“Christmas All Over Again,” written by Tom Petty, produced by Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Jimmy Iovine & Jeff Lynne, performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, courtesy of Special Olympics Productions and MCA Records, Inc.
“My Christmas Tree,” written by Jack Feldman and Alan Menken, arranged by Danny Troob, produced by Alan Menken, performed by The Home Alone Children’s Choir
“Christmas Star,” written by Leslie Bricusse and John Williams, arranged and conducted by John Williams
“Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas,” written by Leslie Briscusse and John Williams, arranged and conducted by John Williams
“Sleigh Ride,” written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parrish, produced by Organized Noize and Perri Reid, performed by TLC (T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli), courtesy of LaFace Records, Inc.
“The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle, performed by Andy Williams, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Alone Again
Home Alone, Again
Christmas in the Park
Release Date:
20 November 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 20 November 1992
Production Date:
9 December 1991--6 May 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
16 November 1992
Copyright Number:
PA589187
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Sound
This film recorded in a THX Sound System Theatre
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® cameras and lenses
Duration(in mins):
120
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31874
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Chicago, Illinois, ten-year-old Kevin McCallister’s family plans a Christmas vacation to Florida, but Kevin is dismayed because he does not believe there will be Christmas trees in the tropical climate. A disagreement with his older brother, Buzz, causes Kevin to wish he could go on his own vacation, without his family. The night before they leave, Kevin’s father, Peter, unknowingly resets the alarm clock. They wake up late, and rush to make their flight. As they race through the airport, Kevin stops for a moment to get batteries for his tape recorder from his father’s bag. As he runs to rejoin his family, he follows a man he believes to be his father and accidentally boards a plane to New York City. The McCallisters are unaware that Kevin is not with them as they rush aboard their flight. Kevin does not realize his mistake until his plane lands, but he is excited about being in New York City for Christmas, and having his father’s bag, containing his wallet. Meanwhile, his family lands in Florida, and realizes that Kevin is not with them. Kate McCallister cannot believe that she lost her son again, having accidentally left him at home alone during their previous Christmas vacation. As Kevin sightsees throughout New York, he watches a homeless woman feeding pigeons in Central Park, and is frightened by her gruff demeanor. Kevin telephones the Plaza Hotel to make a reservation, using his father’s credit card. Moments later, he checks into the establishment, convincing the staff to allow him into the room to await his father’s arrival. Later, he visits a toy store, Duncan’s Toy Chest, and meets the friendly owner, Mr. Duncan, ... +


In Chicago, Illinois, ten-year-old Kevin McCallister’s family plans a Christmas vacation to Florida, but Kevin is dismayed because he does not believe there will be Christmas trees in the tropical climate. A disagreement with his older brother, Buzz, causes Kevin to wish he could go on his own vacation, without his family. The night before they leave, Kevin’s father, Peter, unknowingly resets the alarm clock. They wake up late, and rush to make their flight. As they race through the airport, Kevin stops for a moment to get batteries for his tape recorder from his father’s bag. As he runs to rejoin his family, he follows a man he believes to be his father and accidentally boards a plane to New York City. The McCallisters are unaware that Kevin is not with them as they rush aboard their flight. Kevin does not realize his mistake until his plane lands, but he is excited about being in New York City for Christmas, and having his father’s bag, containing his wallet. Meanwhile, his family lands in Florida, and realizes that Kevin is not with them. Kate McCallister cannot believe that she lost her son again, having accidentally left him at home alone during their previous Christmas vacation. As Kevin sightsees throughout New York, he watches a homeless woman feeding pigeons in Central Park, and is frightened by her gruff demeanor. Kevin telephones the Plaza Hotel to make a reservation, using his father’s credit card. Moments later, he checks into the establishment, convincing the staff to allow him into the room to await his father’s arrival. Later, he visits a toy store, Duncan’s Toy Chest, and meets the friendly owner, Mr. Duncan, who plans to donate his Christmas profits to a children’s hospital. Kevin gives him $20 that he earned shoveling snow and asks that Mr. Duncan add it to the hospital donation. In return, Mr. Duncan presents Kevin with a pair of turtledove ornaments, and asks that he share one with a special person to symbolize their friendship. Outside the store, Kevin encounters Harry and Marv, two outlaws who were known as the “Wet Bandits” when Kevin helped capture them in Chicago while he was left home alone during the previous Christmas. The two escaped from prison during a riot, renamed themselves the “Sticky Bandits,” and traveled to New York City. As they try to grab Kevin, he screams and runs away. He goes back to the Plaza, where the concierge confronts Kevin about his father’s credit card, which is reported as stolen. Kevin runs away from the Plaza staff, and is captured by Harry and Marv. While discussing what to do with the child, they reveal their plan to rob Duncan’s Toy Chest that night, Christmas Eve. Kevin escapes and goes to his Uncle Rod’s house for help, but they are in Paris while their New York home undergoes renovations. Meanwhile, after tracking Peter’s credit card to the Plaza, the McCallisters rush to New York City and demand to know where their son is. They learn that Kevin was frightened away by the concierge, and is missing. As Kevin hides in Central Park that night, he is again disturbed by the pigeon lady and tries to run away, but his foot becomes caught in the rocks. She helps him, and he stops to talk to her. She takes Kevin to her secret spot in the rafters at Carnegie Hall so they can listen to a Christmas concert. She shares that she has not talked to anyone in a long time, as her heart was badly broken when she was younger, and she has been afraid to trust people ever since. Kevin agrees that he sometimes wishes to be alone, but realizes it is better to be with others. He admits that he has done a lot of bad things recently, and the pigeon lady claims that good deeds erase the bad. She adds that good deeds on Christmas Eve have even more power and advises him to do the most important thing he can do tonight to help others. Before leaving, Kevin promises to always be her friend. Passing by the children’s hospital, Kevin remembers Mr. Duncan’s plan to donate money for the children, and decides to foil Harry and Marv’s robbery of Duncan’s Toy Chest. He rigs booby traps throughout his Uncle Rod’s home, then goes to the toy store where the theft is in progress. Kevin sets off the security alarm by throwing a brick through the front display window. Furious, Harry and Marv chase him to his uncle’s house, where they are repeatedly injured as Kevin unleashes his booby traps. As he runs to the park, Kevin stops at a pay telephone and calls police. Marv and Harry give chase, and when Kevin slips on a patch of ice, they capture the boy. They drag Kevin to Central Park, and threaten to kill him. However, the pigeon lady appears, throws birdseed on the bandits, and her pigeons swarm, allowing Kevin to escape. Police arrest the Sticky Bandits, and return the stolen money. Mr. Duncan discovers that Kevin attached a note to the brick, explaining why he broke the window. Later, Kate’s search for her son leads her to Rockefeller Center, where she finds him by the Christmas tree, wishing to see his mother. They hug, and Kevin is reunited with his family at the Plaza Hotel. On Christmas morning, Mr. Duncan has a multitude of gifts delivered to the McCallisters. As the others open their packages, Kevin goes outside to Central Park and gives the pigeon lady the second turtledove ornament to symbolize their friendship. Through an open hotel window, Kevin hears his father yell in astonishment upon receiving Kevin’s room service bill. +

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