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

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John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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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He's crude. He's crass. He's family. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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). See more »

Goofs

When the next door neighbor comes over to entertain Uncle Buck, we see a tone arm drop on the 45 RPM record... notice the label.. it's the old UNI label (70s Neil Diamond, late 60s Strawberry Alarm Clock) but, when the record start playing, it's the Beau Brummels' classic "Laugh, Laugh" that we hear, a song that was NEVER released (or for that matter re-released) on the UNI label. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Trailer contains several scenes that aren't in the final cut of the film, including one of Buck shaving, one where Buck talks to Mrs. Russell about how he'll handle the kids, the lunch bag in the school locker, and Buck talking to Marcie in a supermarket. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Even Stevens: Uncle Chuck (2001) See more »

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SMALL-TIME HUSTLER
(uncredited)
Performed by The Dismasters
Courtesy of Urban Rock Records
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THIS MOVIE CHANGED MY LIFE
4 September 2003 | by usiiiSee all my reviews

This movie changed my life...literally. My friend had seen a local community article on a girl in our hometown newspaper. He thought she was attractive and looked up her Dad's name (listed in the article) in the phonebook. He then proceeded to call her and make small talk. I don't know how he ever convinced her that calling up people you see in the paper is a normal situation.....but anyway he did .....and she agreed to go out on a date but only on a double date. He then invited me along on this crazy escapade on the condition that she would bring a friend as well. The double date was set and we all agreed by phone to see a little movie called Uncle Buck. By the way...all this happened when I was about 15 (Uncle Buck was released in '89}. Anyhow, my friend met his newspaper girl....and I met my future wife. I can still remember being nervous sitting next to her and watching John Candy driving that blowed-up car and hearing Tone Loc's music blaring from the theater speakers. And to Amanda, Trust me, If I'd known What I Know Today, I'd Have Taken A Sip Of The Mountain Dew. Hee Hee.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncle Buck See more »

Filming Locations:

Wheeling, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,794,501, 20 August 1989

Gross USA:

$66,758,538

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,258,538
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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