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Uncle Buck (1989) Poster

(1989)

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During Miles' interrogation of Uncle Buck (22:36 to 23:01), John Candy wrote out the script's dialogue, 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.)
One night during filming, John Candy went to a bar with Music Supervisor 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 cancelled his scenes for the day, and told him to get himself together and get some sleep.
The scene where Miles interrogates Chanice through the mail slot gave John Hughes the idea for Home Alone (1990).
Almost every set was built in a local high school gymnasium, including the two-story Russell house.
The movie was originally intended to be shot in the St. Louis area, rather than John Hughes' 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).
The noise that Buck's car makes when it backfires is that of a gun shot and a firecracker.
John Goodman was considered for the role of Uncle Buck, he would later go on to play Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones (1994), a role, for which John Candy was also up, as The Flintstones (1960) was his favorite cartoon, sadly his premature death in 1994 prevented this.
Gaby Hoffmann plays Amy Madigan's daughter in Field of Dreams (1989).
Danny DeVito was considered for the role of Uncle Buck.
One of the first films to change teenagers' choice in music from rock to rap.
John Candy later goes on to play a bit role in Home Alone (1990), which starred his Uncle Buck co-star Macaulay Culkin.
Buck's car (which he called "The Beast") was a 1975-78 Mercury Marquis coupe.
When casting the role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone (1990), Chris Columbus had already seen Macaulay Culkin in this film, but he wanted to audition some other kids first, while John Hughes had his heart set on Culkin.
Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin were in this movie and My Girl (1991). Anna was just credited as "school girl" in this movie.
Bill Murray, James Belushi, and Dudley Moore were considered for the role of Uncle Buck. Bill Murray and John Candy starred in Stripes (1981). Candy and James Belushi starred in Only the Lonely (1991).
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When Buck goes to the party to find Tia, he hears rap music playing ("Bust a Move" by Young MC), and jokingly says "Who's that? The Grass Roots?" The Grass Roots were a popular band in the late 1960s, that had a string of hits, including "Lets Live For Today", "Midnight Confessions", and "Temptation Eyes", amongst others.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Hughes): (eyes): Close-up of eyes widening in horror.
Robin Williams and Jack Nicholson were considered for the role of Uncle Buck.
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John Travolta was considered for the role of Buck. But due to him shooting Look Who's Talking (1989), he was unavailable.
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While Buck (John Candy) is talking to Chanice (Amy Madigan) on the phone at the beginning of the movie, there's a body lying next to him, under the covers.
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Uncle Buck asks Miles, who is interrogating him, "What's your record for consecutive questions asked?" Miles replied, "38". John Candy was thirty-eight-years-old at the time this movie was being filmed.
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Winona Ryder was the first choice for the role of Tia after John Hughes had seen her in Beetlejuice (1988). But Ryder turned it down as she was busy working on Heathers (1988).
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