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Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | | Comedy | 16 August 1989 (USA)
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Bachelor and all-round slob Buck babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

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John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Buck Russell
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Tia Russell
Gaby Hoffmann ... Maizy Russell (as Gaby Hoffman)
Macaulay Culkin ... Miles Russell
Amy Madigan ... Chanice Kobolowski
Elaine Bromka ... Cindy Russell
Garrett M. Brown ... Bob Russell
Laurie Metcalf ... Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
Jay Underwood ... Bug
Brian Tarantina ... E. Roger Coswell
Mike Starr ... Pooter-the-Clown
Suzanne Shepherd ... Mrs. Hogarth
William Windom ... Mr. Hatfield (voice)
Dennis Cockrum ... Pal
Joel Robinson Joel Robinson ... Miles' Friend #1
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Storyline

As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry. His carefree style does not impress everyone though - especially his rebellious teenage niece, Tia, and his impatient girlfriend, Chanice. With a little bit of luck and a lot of love, Uncle Buck manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy. Written by edward-fraraccio

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncle Buck See more »

Filming Locations:

Wheeling, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,794,501, 20 August 1989

Gross USA:

$66,758,538

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,258,538
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Travolta was considered for the role of Buck. But due to him shooting Look Who's Talking (1989), he was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

In the early scene where Bob calls Buck to ask him to house-sit while he and Cindy are away, Buck's overnight "guest" is obviously a blow-up sex doll, not a living breathing female companion. Buck even says "I just used your Christmas present", glancing at the inanimate object beside him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tia: Get your bag off the table, people eat there.
Maisey Russell: People eat off of plates.
Tia: Don't give me any crap, Maizy.
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Crazy Credits

When the movie finishes, John Candy's voice yells "Wake up!", followed by the sound of an air horn and John laughing. See more »

Alternate Versions

Scenes from Maisy's classroom are edited from TV-versions. See more »

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Referenced in 30 Rock: Anna Howard Shaw Day (2010) See more »

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Performed by Flesh for Lulu
Under license from CEMA Special Markets, Capitol Records, Inc.
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Here's a quarter. Go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face.
11 February 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

Candy's best performance ever. As hard as it is to pick a favorite role that John Candy ever portrayed, I'd have to say it was Uncle Buck. Although this wasn't the only title he and Culkin ever shared, it was the only film the two ever shared any time on screen together.

Basic plot: Candy's sister-in-law's father has just had a heart attack in the middle of the night and the two parents rush trying to find someone to watch the kids for them while they hop the next flight to go see her father. In a desperate last resort, they call the husband's brother. Buck. Of course, the concerned uncle comes to the rescue and takes the task with no complaint. However, the oldest of the children doesn't care for her bumbling uncle, and the discipline and protection he places upon her, while her parents are away.

A great heart-warming comedy that will make you laugh and possibly even cry at times. A classic, and certainly a triumph that wouldn't have happened without John Candy. Hollywood truly lost a great actor.

I give this movie a 9 out of 10. One of the funniest and most wonderful stories, but not my favorite.

And that's my review.


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