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Uncle Buck (1989)

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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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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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Taglines:

He's crude. He's crass. He's family. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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, 18 June 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,758,538

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,258,538
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 excitedly 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. See more »

Goofs

When Uncle Buck is drinking on the couch, at first, in a frontal shot (at around 1h 08 mins), the label on his beer bottle is to his right. In the next cut, from behind him, the label is on his left side (01:08:36). Then, when viewed again from the front, the label is again on his right side (01:08:42). 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

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Soundtracks

SLIDE
Written by Derek Greening
Performed by Flesh for Lulu
Under license from CEMA Special Markets, Capitol Records, Inc.
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A sensitive, often touching film that was made for John Candy's talents.
4 December 1998 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

Uncle Buck is a lovable character who, though irresponsible at times, loves his brother's children like his own. He winds up trying to deal with more than he bargained for when he must keep track of his teenage niece who tests the limits while her parents are not at home. It is funny and touching, something Candy does very well. This is a movie worth renting and one that teens and up can really enjoy.


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