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Uncle Buck -- John Candy stars in this John Hughes comedy as an idle, good-natured bachelor who's left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis.  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. But his carefree style doesn't impress everyone, including Tia (Jean Kelly), his rebellious teenage niece, and Chanice (Amy Madigan), his impatient girlfriend.  Uncle Buck is the last person you'd think of to watch the kids. But with a little luck and a lot of love, he manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy.
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
Jerry Moss .... property master
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Paul Stanwyck .... painter foreman (as Paul J. Stanwyck)
William F. Stuebe .... labor foreman: Chicago
Amie McCarthy Winn .... assistant prop person (as Amie McCarthy)
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)
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist (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)
Quentin Matthys .... grip (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
Dave Busick .... set mechanic
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)
Crew verified as complete

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100 min
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Did You Know?

During Miles' interrogation of Uncle Buck (22:36 to 23:01), John Candy wrote out the script's dialog and wore it atop his head so Macaulay Culkin could read the lines more quickly and keep the pace of the scene very fast. (Note that this would be the take of the scene when the camera was set for close-ups of Miles.)See more »
Continuity: Buck's car backfires every time when the car is stopped. But for some scenes, the car never backfires. 1. When Buck arrives at the Russell's house for the first time. 2. When Buck stops at a stop light looking for the party Tia is at. 3. When Buck finds Tia walking down the street after the party.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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55 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Uncomplicated simple and pleasant, 27 December 2004
Author: John from New Mexico, USA

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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