Uncle Buck

August 16th, 1989


Uncle Buck

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

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 6.7/10 (30,140 voted)

Director: John Hughes

Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly

Uncle Buck has a reputation for being unreliable and a bit of a house wrecker. It is therefore with reluctance, his sister-in-law agrees to leave Buck looking after the kids (two harmless youngsters and a rebelious teenager) when she visits her sick father.

John Candy - Buck Russell
Jean Louisa Kelly - Tia Russell
Gaby Hoffmann - Maizy Russell
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 - Miles' Friend #1

Taglines: OH NO! IT'S...


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 16 August 1989

Filming Locations: 2604 Lincoln Street, Evanston, Illinois, USA

Opening Weekend: $8,794,501 (USA) (20 August 1989) (1804 Screens)

Gross: $66,758,538 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Almost every set was built in a local high school gymnasium, including the two-story Russell house.

Revealing mistakes: During the shot right after Buck makes his long cough while on the phone with Bob, it appears that there is a person in bed laying beside Buck (at 10:18 in a wider shot with the foot of the bed facing the camera), even though Chanise is at her own home.

Buck: [is trying to make Tia go out bowling with him] We've done the battle of the wills. The deck's stacked in my favor. You're just gonna lose again.
Tia: Try me.
Buck: How would you like to spend the next several nights wondering if your crazy, out-of-work, bum uncle will shave your head while you sleep? See you in the car.

User Review

Here's a quarter. Go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face.


Candy's best performance ever. As hard as it is to pick a favorite role that John Candy ever portrayed, I'd have to say it was Uncle Buck. Although this wasn't the only title he and Culkin ever shared, it was the only film the two ever shared any time on screen together.

Basic plot: Candy's sister-in-law's father has just had a heart attack in the middle of the night and the two parents rush trying to find someone to watch the kids for them while they hop the next flight to go see her father. In a desperate last resort, they call the husband's brother. Buck. Of course, the concerned uncle comes to the rescue and takes the task with no complaint. However, the oldest of the children doesn't care for her bumbling uncle, and the discipline and protection he places upon her, while her parents are away.

A great heart-warming comedy that will make you laugh and possibly even cry at times. A classic, and certainly a triumph that wouldn't have happened without John Candy. Hollywood truly lost a great actor.

I give this movie a 9 out of 10. One of the funniest and most wonderful stories, but not my favorite.

And that's my review.


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