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Uncle Buck -- Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.


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Writer (WGA):
John Hughes (written by)
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16 August 1989 (USA) See more »
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Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Miles' Friend #1
Colin Baumgartner ... Miles' Friend #2
Erik Whipple ... Miles' Friend #3
Mark Rosenthal ... Party Boy #1
Doug von Nessen ... Party Boy #2 (as Doug Von Nessen)
Wayne Kneeland ... Party Boy #3
Gigi Casler ... Party Girl in Bedroom
LaVerne Anderson ... Party Girl #1 (as Laverne Anderson)
Gina Doctor ... Party Girl #2
Rachel Thompson Perrine ... Party Girl #3
Ron Payne ... Maizy's Teacher
Jane Vickerilla ... Teacher #1
Kyle Lewis Eastman ... School Child
Dana Taylor ... School Child
Jennifer Kane ... School Child
Christen Loftis ... School Child
Genae Affrunti ... School Child

Anna Chlumsky ... School Child
Betsy Bottando ... Woman in Car
Julia Morgan ... Additional Voices (voice)
Granville Ames ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ramey Ellis ... Additional Voices (voice)
Leigh French ... Additional Voices (voice)

Patricia Arquette ... Additional Voices (voice)
Laura Jacoby ... Additional Voices (voice)

Devon Odessa ... Additional Voices (voice)
Arnold F. Turner ... Additional Voices (voice)
Garin Bouble ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tim Hoskins ... Additional Voices (voice)
Julie Payne ... Additional Voices (voice)

Jack Blessing ... Additional Voices (voice)
Todd Larson ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Bassett ... Extra (uncredited)

Michael Berkowitz ... Student (uncredited)
Cathy Carlson ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Anthony Joseph Fatigato ... Scary man in mailbox slot (uncredited)
Frost Keaton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
Ryan Todd ... School Child (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hughes 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
William H. Brown .... associate producer (as Bill Brown)
John Hughes .... producer
Tom Jacobson .... producer
Ramey E. Ward .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ira Newborn 
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode (director of photography) (as Ralf Bode)
Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo 
Tony Lombardo 
Peck Prior 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia  (as Risa Bramon)
Billy Hopkins 
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
Doug Kraner 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May  (as Dan May)
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance  (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup designer: John Candy
Linda Rizzuto .... additional hair stylist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Jamie Sue Weiss .... additional makeup artist (as Jamie Weiss)
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Alan C. Blomquist .... unit production manager
Raymond Hartwick .... unit production manager (as Ray Hartwick)
Tom Udell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Brown .... second unit director (as Bill Brown)
Forrest L. Futrell .... second second assistant director
David Kelley .... second assistant director
Thomas J. Mack .... first assistant director (as Thomas Mack)
Art Department
Len Borggrebe .... propmaker foreman (as Len Borgrebbe)
Daniel B. Clancy .... set dresser
James M. Davis .... construction foreman (as Jim M. Davis)
Kenneth J. Gagnon Sr. .... construction coordinator: Chicago (as Kenneth J. Gagnon)
Casey Hallenbeck .... leadman (as Casey C. Hallenbeck)
Kim S. Hobbs .... lead set: Chicago (as Kim Hobbs)
Steve Homa .... greensman (as Steven C. Homma)
Steven Curtis Husch .... assistant prop person
Thomas M. Jones .... set dresser
Doug Kraner .... visual consultant (as Douglas Arthur Kraner)
Louis M. Mann .... assistant art director
Amie McCarthy .... assistant prop person
Jerry Moss .... property master
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Paul Stanwyck .... painter foreman (as Paul J. Stanwyck)
William F. Stuebe .... labor foreman: Chicago
Jacob Zawacki .... construction foreman: Chicago
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... head signwriter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Greg Agalsoff .... boom operator (as Gregg Agalsoff)
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as James Alexander)
Bob Beher .... assistant sound editor (as Robert A. Behr)
Tom Bellfort .... supervising sound editor
George Fredrick .... sound editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound editor
Joe Gilbert .... adr assistant
Stan Gilbert .... adr supervisor
Per Hallberg .... assistant sound editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Kemp .... sound editor
Lou Kleinman .... sound editor
Michael Magill .... sound editor (as Michael D. Magill)
Cindy Marty .... sound editor
Jeff Rosen .... sound editor (as Jeffrey Rosen)
Frank Smathers .... sound editor (as Frank T. Smathers)
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey A. Williams .... cable person
Larry Kemp .... foley supervisor (uncredited)
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Danny Cangemi .... special effects (as Dan Cangemi)
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects coordinator
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Ken Blazer .... stunt double
Bob Elmore .... stunt double
Manny Perry .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Bradarich .... video playback operator (as Stephen Bradarich)
Michelle Crenshaw .... second assistant camera
Ron Leahy .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip
Gregory Lundsgaard .... director of photography: second unit
Mel P. Mack .... electrician (as Mel Mack)
Mark E. Matthys .... grip (as Mark Matthys)
Dan McKenzie .... grip
Ronald W. McLeish .... chief lighting technician
Roy A. McLeish .... electrician
Danial Miller .... dolly grip (as Danial A. Miller)
David Morenz .... first assistant camera: second unit
James O. Oakes .... best boy grip
Michael Stone .... camera operator
Robert Swander .... chief lighting technician: Chicago (as Robert S. Swander)
John Swanders .... assistant chief lighting technician (as John Swander)
Alex Touyarot .... first assistant camera
John Waldo .... second assistant camera
Dean Williams .... still photographer
Kevin Bassett .... second unit: camera assistant (uncredited)
Paolo Cascio .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Paul Adler .... casting associate
Suzanne Smith .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilene Giardini .... costumer: women
Daniel J. Lester .... costume supervisor (as Dan Lester)
Silvio Scarano .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Ellen Elphand .... apprentice editor
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant editor
John Lafferty .... assistant editor
Gina Lombardo .... first assistant editor
Ed O'Malley .... assistant editor
Tim Silano .... first assistant editor
Tony Taurus .... assistant editor
Fred C. Vitale .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Matt Dike .... composer: additional music
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Ron Payne .... music coordinator
Michael Ross .... composer: additional music
Tarquin Gotch .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Hardy .... transportation co-captain
James Hogan .... transportation captain
Patrick Lynn .... transportation co-captain (as Patrick J. Lynn)
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jacqueline G. Arthur .... assistant: Marilyn Vance-Straker (as Jacki Arthur)
Jacolyn Baker .... location manager
Charles J. Brady Jr. .... craft service (as Charles J. Brady)
Michael D. Cronin .... first aid
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
William Shane Grisco .... animal trainer (as William S. Grisco)
Frank T. Hernandez .... personal assistant: John Candy (as Frank Hernandez)
Holly Hudecek .... teacher (as Holly Hudacek)
Tammy Karabas .... production secretary
Adena Lazan .... accounting clerk
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Brenda Morris .... assistant auditor
Mary Nitti .... assistant production coordinator
Jolanta Piwowarczyk .... location auditor (as Jolanta T. Piwowarczyk)
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor (as Ann Rapp)
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor (as Marshall I. Schlom)
Jane Vickerilla .... assistant: John Hughes
Jeanne Webber .... graphic consultant (as Jeanne Weber)
Miranda Garrison .... choreographer (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies projection technician (uncredited)
Stephen W. Hollocker .... assistant: John Hughes (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Chris McKay .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Schick .... production assistant (uncredited)
Daniel Shriver .... photo double (uncredited)
Daniel Shriver .... stand-in (uncredited)
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100 min
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Did You Know?

The movie was originally intended to be shot in the St. Louis area rather than John Hughes's traditional Chicago. Filming was about to begin when the decision was made to move the shoot to Chicago (the reason being that the film was set in winter and the winter of 1988 was unseasonably warm in St. Louis, leading to the change).See more »
Continuity: When Uncle Buck is in the bowling alley with Tia, Miles, and Maisey - "Pal" has already come to sit next to Tia - but in the long shot of Uncle Buck helping Maisey bowl, Tia is clearly sitting alone on the bench behind the lane.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Buck Rules (2007)See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Say Uncle!, 22 July 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

Uncle Buck is a typical John Hughes family film, and probably the first of the beginning of a series of family films as director/writer Hughes left the world of teenage film-making (though Career Opportunities would be released the early 90s).

Uncle Buck is a cute, innocuous family film about an unusual uncle trying to adapt to parenting skills, of which he basically has none. When their mother's father has a heart attack, the parents of the three children have to leave town to visit him, so they need a babysitter, pronto! Call it misadventures in babysitting because they get the father's somewhat irresponsible, but loving uncle, Uncle Buck (John Candy).

The story is typical. Uncle Buck is a big mess at first. Not really sure how things work, but trying hard to make friends with the younger kids (Gabby Hoffman and Maculay Culkin), and trying very hard to make peace with the older, cynical niece (Jean Louise Kelly) who for some reason, just can't take a liking to Buck. In part, that's understandable considering that he does try his bess to embarrass her at times in order to get her to see how stupid she's being (especially when she's around her idiot boyfriend, Bug). But in her case, she really has an overdose of teen angst, and that spells trouble for Buck. The niece does her best to get revenge on Buck, and make life as difficult as possible for him so that her parent's will see what an irresponsible bafoon he is, or at least that she pegs him to be.

The story also examines typical John Hughes elements, namely class divisions. Buck isn't exactly wealthy, let alone classy. Also, there are familial tensions, since the oldest daughter doesn't get along with her mother well at all (or either parent really, but we really don't see her relationship with her father). But, like all Hughes comedies, it is resolved and everyone lives happily ever after.

This is a better movie for kids in their mid teens and younger, since Buck's comedic antics (the monster size pancakes, the washing machine mishap, and the revenge on the boyfriend, Bug) will generate plenty of laughs. Buck has his own way of doing things, kind of like Michael Keaton in 'Mr. Mom' (although Keaton follows a standardized process afterwards unlike Buck, who's improvisations are his own, and he sticks with them). The interaction between Bug and Buck are the best because Bug is such an idiot and scared as hell of Buck. Though, I think the funniest scenes are with Laurie Metcalf (always a scene stealer) as the seductive, cooky next door neighbor who takes a liking to Buck.

John Hughes fans in general will probably enjoy this comedy, though that depends if you kept maintained faithfulness to his film catalogue even after he started going strictly with mindless family films (and not teenage comedies). Though, this is the earliest period of that transition, about the same time as Dutch and Curly Sue, so it really depends on what serves your taste as far as John Hughe's family film collection goes.

It is a nice little comedy, and one that wouldn't hurt to try. You'll probably get a few good laughs in there. John Candy always does.

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