Uncle Buck

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Uncle Buck
Uncle buck.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byJohn Hughes
Produced byJohn Hughes
Tom Jacobson
Tristin Rogerson-Dolley
Written byJohn Hughes
StarringJohn Candy
Amy Madigan
Music byIra Newborn
CinematographyRalf D. Bode
Editing byLou Lombardo
Tony Lombardo
Peck Prior
StudioHughes Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release dates
  • August 16, 1989 (1989-08-16)
Running time99 Minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$79,258,538
 
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Uncle Buck
Uncle buck.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byJohn Hughes
Produced byJohn Hughes
Tom Jacobson
Tristin Rogerson-Dolley
Written byJohn Hughes
StarringJohn Candy
Amy Madigan
Music byIra Newborn
CinematographyRalf D. Bode
Editing byLou Lombardo
Tony Lombardo
Peck Prior
StudioHughes Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release dates
  • August 16, 1989 (1989-08-16)
Running time99 Minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$79,258,538

Uncle Buck is a 1989 John Hughes comedy film starring John Candy and Amy Madigan, with Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Macaulay Culkin, Jay Underwood, and Laurie Metcalf in supporting roles.

Plot[edit]

Bob Russell (Brown), his wife Cindy (Bromka), and their three kids, Tia (Kelly), Miles (Culkin), and Maizy (Hoffmann) have recently moved from Indianapolis to the Chicago suburbs because of Bob's promotion. Tia resents her parents for the move. Late one night, Cindy and Bob receive a phone call from Indianapolis informing them that Cindy's father has suffered a heart attack. The couple makes plans to leave Chicago immediately to be with him. After hearing the news, Tia accuses Cindy of abandoning her own father.

Bob suggests asking his brother Buck (Candy) to come watch the children, which Cindy objects to. While Bob and Cindy are upper middle class suburbanites, Buck is unemployed, lives in an apartment downtown, and earns his living by betting on rigged horse races. Buck's girlfriend Chanice (Madigan), owns a car repair business. Since no one else is available to help them, Bob and Cindy have no choice but turn to Buck, who agrees to help.

Buck hits it off with Miles and Maizy, but Tia is suspicious, and the two engage in a battle of wills. When Buck meets Tia's boyfriend, Bug (Underwood), he warns his niece that Bug is only interested in her for sex. Buck repeatedly thwarts her plans. Over the next several days, Buck deals with a number of situations, including taking the kids to his favorite bowling alley, making over-sized pancakes for Miles' birthday, dealing with a drunk clown, and speaking with the school principal about Maizy.

When Buck threatens Bug with a hatchet, Tia makes Buck's girlfriend think that he is cheating on her with their neighbor (Metcalf). Concerned after Tia sneaks away to a party, Buck decides to go looking for her rather than go to a horse race. Thinking that Bug is taking advantage of Tia in a bedroom at the party, he forces the door open, but walks in on Bug with another girl. Buck ties up Bug and throws him into the trunk of his car. After finding Tia, Buck lets Bug out of the trunk to apologize to Tia. When he is finally released, Bug takes back the apology and flees. Buck then begins striking him with golf balls. When Cindy and Bob return, Tia and Cindy resolve their issues.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Uncle Buck was the first film directed, written, and produced by John Hughes under a multi-picture agreement deal with Universal. Filming began on January 4, 1989 in Chicago. The company decided to keep the production facilities and locations as close as possible. The vacant New Trier High School in Northfield, Illinois was chosen for the production facility. Three of its gyms were converted into sound stages on which several sets were constructed including the two-leveled interior of the Russell House, Buck's bedroom, a corridor in the elementary school, the boy's toilets, the principal's office, a classroom and several smaller sets. The school was also equipped to suit the needs of the cast and crew behind-the-scenes, classrooms for the young actors, offices, dressing rooms, wardrobe department, editing facilities, a special effects shop, equipment storage areas, and a projection booth. Production designer John Corso began designing the sets in October, 1988 and within seven weeks his construction crew of 12 carpenters and five painters began work on the two levels of the Russell house. A colonial-style house in Evanston was chosen for the exterior of the Russell house. The exteriors and practical locations were shot in Chicago, Cicero, Skokie, Northbrook, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, and Riverwoods.

Reception[edit]

Uncle Buck received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has a given the film a "Fresh" score of 62%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10.[1] The film earned $8.8 million on its opening weekend to 1,804 theatres and was placed No.1 at the box office.[2]

Television series[edit]

A television series named Uncle Buck was broadcast on CBS in 1990. It starred Kevin Meaney as Buck, a slob who drinks and smokes. When his brother and sister-in-law die in a car accident, Buck is named as the guardian of Tia, Miles, and Maizy. The show was not received well by TV critics. After it was moved to Friday, in an attempt by CBS to establish a comedy night there, the shows ratings quickly plummeted and it was canceled.

Remake[edit]

In 1991, Uncle Buck was remade in Malayalam language and released as Uncle Bun.

Home media release[edit]

The movie was released on VHS in 1990, and on DVD in 1998 and 2003. On August 26, 2008, it appeared on the DVD box-set "John Candy Comedy Favorites Collection," along with The Great Outdoors (1988) and Going Berserk (1983). On February 8, 2011, it was released on Blu-ray Disc for the first time, and released again on June 28, 2011 on Blu-ray with a DVD and a digital copy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uncle Buck (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "'Uncle Buck' Is No. 1 At the Movie Box Office". The New York Times. August 23, 1989. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 

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