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Uncle Buck Details


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. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:August 16, 1989


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


John Hughes
John Hughes
Ralf Bode
Ira Newborn
Composer (Music Score)
Lou Lombardo
Peck Prior
Tony Lombardo
Doug Kraner
Production Designer
Tom Jacobson
John Hughes
Daniel May
Set Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Jeff Jarvis
Special Effects
Miranda Garrison