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Chuck & Buck -- An all too innocent man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past.

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Mike White (written by)
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Release Date:
17 November 2000 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Remember those games we used to play? See more »
Plot:
An oddly naive man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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"Chuck & Buck" is a Twisted, Dark, and Highly Original Movie See more (132 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Miguel Arteta 
 
Writing credits
Mike White (written by)

Produced by
Thomas Brown .... co-executive producer
Beth Colt .... co-producer
Scott M. Cort .... co-producer
Michael Escott .... co-executive producer
Matthew Greenfield .... producer
Jocelyn Jansons .... associate producer
Jason Kliot .... executive producer
Gina Kwon .... associate producer
Charles J. Rusbasan .... co-executive producer
Abby Schwarzwalder .... associate producer
Joana Vicente .... executive producer
Judith Zarin .... co-executive producer
Jason Zolov .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Smokey Hormel 
Tony Maxwell 
Joey Waronker 
 
Cinematography by
Chuy Chávez  (as Chuy Chavez)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Betancourt 
 
Production Design by
Renee Davenport  (as Renée Davenport)
 
Set Decoration by
Isabelle Stamper 
 
Costume Design by
Elaine Montalvo 
 
Makeup Department
Jane Kelly .... key hair stylist (as Jane Nan Kelly)
Jane Kelly .... key makeup artist (as Jane Nan Kelly)
Patrick Wallace .... assistant hair stylist
Patrick Wallace .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alberto García .... post-production supervisor
Alberto Gieco .... production supervisor
Steven Kaminsky .... additional post-production supervisor
Wendy Riseborough .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Schmidt .... second assistant director
Alberto Grimaldi .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ed Barret .... swing
Erik Norville .... property master
Carlo Quinel .... lead man
Devoe Yates .... assistant props
Vilis Zakis .... art department production assistant
 
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... dialogue assistant
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
George Flores .... boom operator
Claire Freeman .... dialogue editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Gillick .... sound effects editor
Shawn Kennelly .... adr recordist
Yehuda Maayan .... sound mixer
Michael A. Morongell .... sound re-recording engineer
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor
Andy Peach .... sound re-recording assistant (as Andrew Peach)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Ann Scibelli .... sound designer
Dan Scolnik .... dialogue assistant
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Paul Curtis .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Kathy Thomson .... digital color timer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephanie Allespach .... still photographer
Plume Buigues .... electrician
Plume Buigues .... grip
John Capron .... gaffer
Douglas Kieffer .... key grip
Matthew McNeil .... assistant camera
Alexia C. Pilat .... still photographer
Eden J. Shapiro .... electrician (as Eden Shapiro)
Eden J. Shapiro .... grip (as Eden Shapiro)
Edmundo Gonzales .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nina-Marie Gardner .... casting associate
Miranda Thompson .... casting consultant
Meredith Tucker .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cesar Magana .... costume assistant
Jeanne Yang .... costume design consultant
 
Editorial Department
Pamela Martin .... additional editor (as Pam Martin)
Doug Moldowsky .... on-line editor: Digital Revolution
Gloria Vela .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music consultant
Jessica Clements .... music consultant
Petra Haden .... additional vocalist
Smokey Hormel .... music supervisor
Tony Maxwell .... music supervisor
Joey Waronker .... music supervisor
Margaret Yen .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... unit publicist
Raymond Alvarino .... production assistant
Michael Bergemann .... location scout
Don Brewton .... police officer
Mikey Buchbinder .... production intern
Terry Crews .... security officer
Andy Cruz .... police officer
Cindy Curran .... production assistant
Eric Diamond .... location scout
Allen 'Big Al' Ewald .... craft service
Rebecca Fayyad .... production intern
Ruben Fleischer .... assistant to director
Andy Goldman .... title designer
Sheila Han .... production assistant
Kent Linker .... studio teacher
Kevin Perry .... assistant to producer
Truman Van Dyke .... insurance
Nicole Widmyer .... production assistant
John Zaik .... tape-to-tape color correction: Company 3
Jeffrey Shepherd .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jeanine Basinger .... special thanks
Albert Berger .... special thanks
Jesse Carter .... special thanks
Evan Cohen .... special thanks
Bill Condon .... special thanks
Ann Du Val .... special thanks (as Ann Duval)
Laurence Dumortier .... special thanks
Daniel Edelman .... special thanks (as Dan Edelman)
Frank Evers .... special thanks
John Flansburgh .... special thanks
Jordan Fried .... special thanks
Jim Furlong .... special thanks
Carlos K. Goodman .... special thanks (as Carlos Goodman)
Lauren Greenfield .... special thanks
Patricia Greenfield .... special thanks
Sheldon Greenfield .... special thanks
Adrienne Gruben .... special thanks
Theresa Hecht .... special thanks
Mike Hemingway .... special thanks
Melodee Hindle .... special thanks
Victor Ho .... special thanks
Chris Iovenko .... special thanks
Phil Jones .... special thanks
Steven Kaminsky .... special thanks (as Steve Kaminsky)
Dan Kapelovitz .... special thanks
Sherrie Kaplan .... special thanks
Jon Kim .... special thanks
Scott King .... special thanks
Jamie Lincoln Kitman .... special thanks (as Jamie Kitman)
Linda Lichter .... special thanks
Harold Linde .... special thanks
Patrick Lindenmaier .... special thanks
Kamala Lopez .... special thanks (as Kamala Lopez Dawson)
David Lubliner .... special thanks
Scott Macaulay .... special thanks
Shirley Moyers .... special thanks
Robin O'Hara .... special thanks
Michael Palmer .... special thanks
Jerome Poynton .... special thanks (as Jerry Poynton)
Peter Pritchard .... special thanks: Florida Audobon Society
Peggy Rajski .... special thanks
Victoria Robinson .... special thanks
Paul Rodriguez .... special thanks
Brant Rose .... special thanks
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... special thanks
Kathy Sarreal .... special thanks
Pat Savage .... special thanks
AJ Schnack .... special thanks
Esther Shapiro .... special thanks
Richard Alan Shapiro .... special thanks (as Richard Shapiro)
Jeffrey Shepherd .... special thanks (as Jeff Shepherd)
Jon Shere .... special thanks
Adam Shulman .... special thanks
Sharon Sklar .... special thanks
Jill Springer .... special thanks
Hugh Taylor .... special thanks
Daisy von Scherler Mayer .... special thanks (as Daisy Mayer)
Alex Wengert .... special thanks
Lyla White .... special thanks
Mel White .... special thanks
Bill Wolkoff .... special thanks
Ron Yerxa .... special thanks
Strauss Zelnick .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality and language
Runtime:
96 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Chuck turns to the TV in his office and claims to have signed the band whose video is playing, the TV is showing They Might be Giants playing their song "Dr. Worm".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The secretary says Chuck's office is on the sixth floor, but when Buck goes up to meet him he is on the third floor (look at the elevator doors when Buck changes his mind and leaves).See more »
Quotes:
Sam:Now, uh, would we be playing it like little kids like, uh like, like "La-la-la. I'm a little kid."
Beverly Franco:Well, you wouldn't be playing it like a little retarded kid, but yes, you would be acting youthful.
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Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude and YodelSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Chuck & Buck" is a Twisted, Dark, and Highly Original Movie, 4 January 2011
Author: D_Burke from United States

It's very difficult to classify a movie like "Chuck & Buck". It has elements of a comedy, but is not laugh-out-loud funny and is quite disturbing throughout. It could be a suspense thriller about a stalker, but the story takes on a different angle and shows just how pathetic the said stalker is. Overall, it's a genre-bending film that, while bizarre and creepy in its story and character development, keeps you watching because it's strangely intriguing. The only problem lies in the last 20 minutes, where the actions of the main characters simply don't make any sense.

Before the ending, however, you're introduced to Buck (Mike White), a 27-year-old who still lives with his mother. When his mother dies of lung cancer, Buck invites childhood friend Charlie Sitter (Chris Weitz), whom he knew as "Chuck", to the funeral. It is only through Buck's interactions with Charlie where we learn how much Buck really hasn't grown up. Whereas Charlie has moved on with his life as an up-and-coming record executive who is engaged to beautiful Carlyn (Beth Colt), Buck is clearly in a state of arrested development.

Mike White, who also wrote the screenplay, is heartbreakingly convincing as Buck, and was very brave in playing such a vulnerable role. While we never find out exactly why Buck is so nostalgic for his pre-adolescent years, White's giddiness in seeing his childhood friend speaks volumes. He is very clingy in every manner from the way he hugs Chuck to the way he sucks his Blow Pops, which he does throughout the movie.

The film gets decidedly darker when Buck moves out of his mother's house and to L.A., where Chuck now lives. It's when Buck stands outside Charlie's place of work where we really feel for Charlie, but Buck's unhealthy obsession with Charlie does not stop there.

There is one jaw-dropping thing Buck says when he visits Charlie and Carlyn at their home. I won't give away what he says, but it happens when Carlyn goes to bed, and it involves certain childhood experimentation that Charlie put behind him, but Buck clearly has not. Charlie's reaction to Buck's statement is very understated given the circumstances, but would have motivated this critic to issue a restraining order immediately.

Buck is by far the most pathetic cinematic stalker since Rupert Pupkin, Robert De Niro's character in "The King of Comedy" (1983). Both characters are equally motivated by their own delusion and their search for love in all the wrong places. However, Buck is a lot creepier than Rupert Pupkin is, and probably would benefit from intense psychiatric counseling.

It was interesting how Buck began being active in the local theater across the street from Charlie's office. He befriends Beverly (Lupe Ontiveros), who is unaware of the true autobiographical nature of Buck's play, "Hank & Frank". A subplot like this would have felt out of place in a "Cape Fear"-like psychological thriller, but feels strangely welcome in an indie film like this one. It still contributes to Buck's unsettling delusion.

It is the resolution of this story where the film loses its ground, and ends on a very questionable note. The way Charlie ultimately decides to deal with Buck is very much out of left field, and was not so much a cop out as much as unrealistic given the circumstances. The last scene also feels half baked and inconclusive. Maybe it is the audience's wish for an alternative fate for Buck which leads to this feeling. Up until that point, however, the story was very intriguing and the characters incredibly well-fleshed out. Mike White's writing has always been quirky and weird, but it is always original and full of characters you feel for even when you don't agree with them. It just would have been better if such characters reached a better conclusion.

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