Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck

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Director: John Hughes

Cast: John Candy, Amy Madigan, Jean Louisa Kelly

     
 

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In this cheerful, lightweight comedy, excruciatingly clumsy, disorganized, and messy Uncle Buck Russell (John Candy) becomes the screens most unlikely babysitter since Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty. While their parents are away, eight-year old Miles (Macaulay Culkin), six-year old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) and their teen-aged sister, Tia (Jean Kelly) are left inSee more details below

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In this cheerful, lightweight comedy, excruciatingly clumsy, disorganized, and messy Uncle Buck Russell (John Candy) becomes the screens most unlikely babysitter since Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty. While their parents are away, eight-year old Miles (Macaulay Culkin), six-year old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) and their teen-aged sister, Tia (Jean Kelly) are left in the care of Buck. Surprisingly, the very inept Uncle Buck entertains the younger children who come to love him and earns the respect of Tia when he rescues her from her worthless boyfriend. However, in doing so, Buck nearly loses his long-time girlfriend Chanice (Amy Madigan). John Candy is delightful in the leading role giving a touching and notable comic performance. Directed by John Hughes in his typical broad style, this youth-oriented comedy is perhaps the best role of John Candy's regrettably brief career.

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Because Uncle Buck was preceded by two of John Candy's most irritating and uninspired star vehicles, The Great Outdoors and Who's Harry Crumb?, audiences who expected more of the same could not be blamed. Lovable in supporting roles but tiresomely slapstick with top billing, Candy had started to go on autopilot through inferior comedies. Uncle Buck did not alter that trajectory, per se, but it provided a charming and heart-warming respite within the larger trend. After Planes, Trains and Automobiles, director John Hughes again shows he can draw out the sympathetic/pitiable side of Candy, rather than just Candy the buffoon. The typical Hughes sentiment again compliments the comedian well. His Buck is still victim of several physical mishaps, but the difference is that the dignified Candy owns them, rather than submitting embarrassed pratfalls in their service. Hughes undercuts the natural tendency to view Buck as a clumsy oaf by gradually revealing him as an earnest, courageous protector of his family unit. It's not that this kind of redemption is surprising in Hollywood, especially for Hughes, but that these ingredients make it work without question. One such ingredient is the first prominent appearance by Macaulay Culkin, who would team with Hughes the writer for Home Alone the following year. Uncle Buck is a superior example of warm domestic comedy oriented around goofball set pieces, one that exceeds limited expectations to become one of the fondest vehicles for its dearly departed star.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2009
UPC:
0025192028816
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Candy Uncle Buck Russell
Amy Madigan Chanice Kobolowski
Jean Louisa Kelly Tia Russell
Gaby Hoffmann Maizy Russell
Macaulay Culkin Miles Russell
Elaine Bromka Cindy Russell
Laurie Metcalf Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
Jay Underwood Bug
Garrett M. Brown Bob Russell
Matt Craven Walt Bernstein
Jerry E. Postt Marko the Mechanic
Zak Spector Mechanic
Doug VanNeesen Party Boy
Eric Whiple Miles' Friend
Brian Tarantina E. Roger Coswell
Mike Starr Pooter-the-Clown
Suzanne Shepherd Mrs. Hogarth
William Windom Mr. Hatfield
Dennis Cockrum Pal
Joel Robinson Miles' Friend
Colin Baumgartner Miles' Friend
Mark Rosenthal Party Boy
Wayne Kneeland Party Boy
Gigi Casler Party Girl in Bedroom
Gina Doctor Party Girl
Rachel Thompson Perrine Party Girl
Ron Payne Maizy's Teacher
Jane Vickerilla Teacher
Anna Chlumsky School Child
Leigh French Voice Only
Patricia Arquette Voice Only
Laura Jacoby Voice Only
Devon Odessa Voice Only
Arnold Turner Voice Only
Julie Payne Voice Only
Jack Blessing Voice Only

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
M. James Arnett Stunts
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Bill Brown Associate Producer
John W. Corso Production Designer
Miranda Garrison Choreography
Tom Jacobson Co-producer
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Doug Kraner Production Designer
Lou Lombardo Editor
Tony Lombardo Editor
Daniel May Set Decoration/Design
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Peck Prior Editor
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Jamie Sue Weiss Makeup

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