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Uncle Buck (1989)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  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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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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bug | teenager | babysitter | night | bowling | See more »

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He's crude. He's crass. He's family. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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16 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tío Buck al rescate  »

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$66,758,538 (USA)
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Trivia

One night during filming John Candy went to a bar with Tarquin Gotch and spent most of the night there meeting people. The next day John Hughes heard a caller on a radio talk show describe his evening with Candy. Hughes was upset with Candy and despite Candy's assertion that Buck was supposed to appear disheveled, Hughes canceled his scenes for the day and told him to get himself together and get some sleep. See more »

Goofs

When Uncle Buck is drinking on the couch, at first, in a frontal shot (at around 1h 08 mins), the label on his beer bottle is to his right. In the next cut, from behind him, the label is on his left side (01:08:36). Then, when viewed again from the front, the label is again on his right side (01:08:42). 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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John Candy's voice shouts, "Wake up!" See more »

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Referenced in What You See Is What You Get (2010) See more »

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RHYTHM OF LIFE
Written and Performed by Hugh Harris
Under license from CEMA Special Markets, Capitol Records, Inc.
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Underrated Gem
2 December 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

There isn't really much to be said about Uncle Buck. It is very good but it is a simple little film, one of those nice films to watch on a Sunday afternoon without having to rack your brain or think too hard.

The late John Candy excels here as Buck Russell who at first glance is a slob and without much going for him. However, as the film goes on, we learn that Uncle Buck does indeed have a heart. The film really is about a guy who looks like the type of man you would keep your family away from but who is in fact a guy with a heart of gold.

I recommend Uncle Buck to anyone who fancies watching a nice simple little film for the whole family to enjoy. And watch out for the scene with the drunken clown on the doorstep!


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