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Uncle Buck

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2014
  • UPC: 025192235252
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Slip Sleeve
  • Format: Blu-ray

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 Voice Only
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 Jr. Makeup
Peck Prior Editor
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Jamie Sue Weiss Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Candy At His Comic Best!

    If anyone were to ask me what film in John Candy's illustrious career was his defining moment, I would have to say without hesitation that it was 'Uncle Buck'. Hughes & Candy had worked together before on 4 other projects (National Lampoon's Vacation, Planes Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors and She's Having A Baby), but in my mind it wasn't until this project that they nailed it right on the head. This was a combination that worked with very satisfying results. John Candy plays the role of Buck Russell, a lovable, good-natured bachelor who has been able to dodge and avoid responsibility on any level for most of his life. He finds himself thrust into suburban life however when his brother, Bob (G.Mac Brown - Zelig and Lucas), asks him to watch his estranged nephew and 2 nieces while he and his wife need to leave town due to a family emergency. With an ever patient girlfriend (Amy Madigan - The Day After, Streets Of Fire, Field Of Dreams & The Dark Half) that he has been stringing along for years, a rebellious teenage niece Tia (Jean Kelly - Mr. Holland's Opus & TV's Yes, Dear), and his younger relatives Miles (Macaulay Culkin - Home Alone & Home Alone 2) and Maizy (Gaby Hoffman - Field Of Dreams, Sleepless In Seattle & Volcano), not to mention the 'frosty' neighbor, who longs for some attention (Laurie Metcalf - Scream 2 and TV's Roseanne)...the ensuing results are often times hilarious, yet centered on family values and unity. While doing his best to safeguard his brother's family, namely that of protecting Tia from her worthless boyfriend who only has one thing on his mind, and keep from losing his girlfriend who is at the end of her rope...he finds that he has outgrown his bachelor ways. In a scene where he comes to grips with himself, he shares a beer with the family dog, Percy, and admits 'People used to say to me all the time...Buck, you got it made! No wife, no kids, no job, no desk and no boss to answer to. And they were right...I did have it made.' Then Bucks pauses a minute and continues...'Nobody says that to me anymore.' He finds himself along the way, in what would become a milestone in everyone's life around him, including his own. I highly recommend this film to anyone who not only hasn't seen it, but has! With John Candy's unmistable original comedic style tempered with real family issues, this is what I would call the best film of John Candy's career. A must-see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2002

    So cute So Funny!!!!!!!!!

    Hey I loved this movie, you should too! John Candy was a brilliant comedic actor, God rest his soul. In this movie he really was funny, and all the supporting actors were funny too, they really complimented each other well. It is also a good movie about serious teen troubles and how getting a family back together is always important. A really great movie! Fun to watch over and over throughout the years.

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