Uncle Buck

August 16, 1989 0 By Fans
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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)

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


Brian Tarantina

E. Roger Coswell

Mike Starr


Suzanne Shepherd

Mrs. Hogarth

William Windom

Mr. Hatfield


Dennis Cockrum


Joel Robinson

Miles' Friend #1



Official Website:
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Release Date: 16 August 1989

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

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

Gross: $66,758,538

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.


[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.

Try me.

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
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.