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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maizy Russell (as Gaby Hoffman)
Mrs. Hogarth
Mr. Hatfield (voice)
Joel Robinson ...
Miles' Friend #1


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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uncle | bug | niece | nephew | 6 year old | See All (86) »


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




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Release Date:

16 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tío Buck al rescate  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$66,758,538 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The noise that Buck's car makes when it backfires is that of a gun shot and a firecracker. See more »


When the next door neighbor comes over to entertain Uncle Buck, we see a tone arm drop on the 45 RPM record... notice the label.. it's the old UNI label (70s Neil Diamond, late 60s Strawberry Alarm Clock) but, when the record start playing, it's the Beau Brummels' classic "Laugh, Laugh" that we hear, a song that was NEVER released (or for that matter re-released) on the UNI label. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »


Written by James Mitchell
Performed by Flesh for Lulu
Under license from CEMA Special Markets, Capitol Records, Inc.
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Uncomplicated simple and pleasant
27 December 2004 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I gave this an '8', which is one or two more points than it really should get, but the simple fact is - I enjoy watching it over and over. John Candy shines as Uncle Buck. He brings the character alive and you can't help but wish you had a crazy guy like that as an uncle.

Well, maybe a distant uncle, but still he's warm, lovable and helpless in so many ways. As one would expect, the story is simple, the scenes mostly predictable (except maybe the ax-murder scene?) and of course there's a happy ending.

The little kids, Maisy and Miles, played by Gaby Hoffman and a slightly younger Macaulay Culkin, are simply adorable! The teenage daughter (Jean Louisa Kelly) perfectly portrays a teenage girl in the throws of that classic imbalance between childhood and adulthood.

Anyway - no one dies. No one loses an eye or an arm. No houses burn down. There are no explosions, no fighter jet scenes, no wild car chases - just plain old silly fun.

Go watch it. This is not a request! Uncle Buck says watch it!

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