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Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | | Comedy | 18 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Buck Russell
... Tia Russell
... Maizy Russell (as Gaby Hoffman)
... Miles Russell
... Chanice Kobolowski
... Cindy Russell
... Bob Russell
... Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
... Bug
... E. Roger Coswell
... Pooter-the-Clown
... Mrs. Hogarth
... Mr. Hatfield (voice)
... Pal
Joel Robinson ... Miles' Friend #1
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Storyline

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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18 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tío Buck al rescate  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,794,501, 18 June 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,758,538

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,258,538
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Allen was considered for the role of Uncle Buck. See more »

Goofs

The length of Bug's hair fluctuates from scene to scene. This is particularly noticeable when Buck pulls him out of the trunk. As Bug yells & threatens Buck, his hair is much longer. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »

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LIPSTICK, POWDER AND PAINT
Written by Charles F. Calhoun (as Jesse Stone)
Performed by Big Joe Turner (as Joe Turner)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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2 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

There isn't really much to be said about Uncle Buck. It is very good but it is a simple little film, one of those nice films to watch on a Sunday afternoon without having to rack your brain or think too hard.

The late John Candy excels here as Buck Russell who at first glance is a slob and without much going for him. However, as the film goes on, we learn that Uncle Buck does indeed have a heart. The film really is about a guy who looks like the type of man you would keep your family away from but who is in fact a guy with a heart of gold.

I recommend Uncle Buck to anyone who fancies watching a nice simple little film for the whole family to enjoy. And watch out for the scene with the drunken clown on the doorstep!


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