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(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.)
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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.
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The scene where Miles interrogates Chanice through the mail slot gave John Hughes the idea for Home Alone (1990).
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Almost every set was built in a local high school gymnasium, including the two-story Russell house.
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The noise that Buck's car makes when it backfires is that of a gun shot and a firecracker.
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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.
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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).
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One of the first films to change teenagers' choice in music from rock to rap.
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Danny DeVito was considered for the role of Uncle Buck.
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Buck's car (which he called "The Beast") was a 1975-78 Mercury Marquis coupe.
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Gaby Hoffmann plays Amy Madigan's daughter in Field of Dreams (1989).
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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.
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John Candy later goes on to play a bit role in Home Alone (1990), which starred his Uncle Buck co-star Macaulay Culkin.
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Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin were in this movie and My Girl (1991). Anna was just credited as "school girl" in this movie.
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Joe Pesci was considered for the role of Uncle Buck, but turned it down to do Goodfellas (1990) instead.
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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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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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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.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Hughes): (eyes): Close-up of eyes widening in horror.
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Robin Williams and Jack Nicholson were considered for the role of Uncle Buck.
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Bill Murray, Jim 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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Rick Moranis turned down the role of Bob Russell.
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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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Tim Allen was considered for the role of Uncle Buck.
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When casting the role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone (1990), Chris Columbus had already seen Macaulay Culkin in Uncle Buck (1989) but he wanted to audition some other kids first even though John Hughes had his heart set on Culkin. So Columbus met Culkin in New York and was very charmed by him and he thought he was fantastic. Columbus auditioned five other kids and none of them shaped up to Culkin. Columbus went with Culkin because he was not as picture perfect and he had an instant bond to the kids in the audience. Columbus knew the cameras would love him and he was immensely funny.
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Tom Hanks had been considered for the role of Uncle Buck, but was busy filming Turner & Hooch (1989). Hanks and John Candy had been in Splash (1984) and Volunteers (1985) together.
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The film was parodied in the 2nd season of The Fast Show (1994) as "Uncle Duck II".
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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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Variety describes John Candy (who plays uncle Buck) humorously as follows: Unfortunately, Candy is too likable to give the role any edge. When called upon to be tough or mean he's unconvincing, as in the slapstick dealings with the precociously oversexed boyfriend Bug (Jay Underwood) of eldest daughter Jean Louisa Kelly.
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Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Madigan, John Candy and Laurie Metcalf have co-starred in films with Kevin Costner. Hoffmann and Madigan in Field of Dreams (1989) - interestingly released in the same year as Uncle Buck - and Candy and Metcalf in JFK (1991).
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When buck hits the little 5 wood that is left handed, he does hit it left handed..
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One of two films released in 1989, that star Gaby Hoffman and she has a co-star with the surname Brown. In this film it's Garrett M. Brown. The other film is Field of Dreams, in which Hoffmann co-stars with Dwier Brown.
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John candy and Macaulay culikin have been in three movies together
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