The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 50):
31. “Uncle Buck” (1989)
Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.
John Candy—Buck Russell
Lean Louisa Kelly—Tia Russell
Gab Hoffmann—Maizy Russell
Macaulay Culkin—Miles Russell
Amy Madigan—Chanice Kobolowski
Elaine Bromka—Cindy Russell
Garrett M. Brown—Bob Russell
Laurie Mctcalf—Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
Facts about the this movie:
*One night during filming John Candy went to a bar with Tarquin Gotch and spent most of the night there meeting people. The next day John Hughes heard a caller on a radio talk show describe his evening with Candy. Hughes was upset with Candy and despite Candy's assertion that Buck was supposed to appear disheveled, Hughes canceled his scenes for the day and told him to get himself together and get some sleep.
*The noise that Buck's car makes when it backfires is that of a gun shot and a firecracker.
*Almost every set was built in a local high school gymnasium, including the two-story Russell house.
*During Miles' interrogation of Uncle Buck (22:36 to 23:01), John Candy wrote out the script's dialog and wore it atop his head so Macaulay Culkin could read the lines more quickly and keep the pace of the scene very fast. (Note that this would be the take of the scene when the camera was set for close-ups of Miles.)
*When Buck goes to the party to find Tia he hears the Rap music playing and jokingly says "Who's That? The Grass Roots?" The Grass Roots were a popular band in the late 1960's that had a string of hits including "Lets Live For Today", "Midnight Confessions" and "Temptation Eyes" among others.
*Buck's car (which he called "The Beast") was a 1975-78 Mercury Marquis coupe.
*Danny DeVito was considered for the role of Uncle Buck.
*The movie was originally intended to be shot in the St. Louis area rather than John Hughes's traditional Chicago. Filming was about to begin when the decision was made to move the shoot to Chicago (the reason being that the film was set in winter and the winter of 1988 was unseasonably warm in St. Louis, leading to the change).
Why I Picked this movie #31:
1.It hold up.
2. It is another great John Hughes film from the 1980’s.
3. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
4. Great cast.
3. John Candy being really, really funny with a touch of drama.
4. Had great dialog.
5. A great drama.
6. Awesome acting.
7. The Teen angst the oldest daughter had against her mother and Uncle Buck really add something.
8. How Buck would not back down to the oldest daughter add something to.
9. This movie has a huge heart that gives it the feel that it needs.
10. Movie this is really, really funny.
11. It has great heart string pulling moments.
12. John Candy from 1980’s.
13. A young talented Macaulay Culkin.
14. The chemistry between John Candy and kids was unreal.
First time seeing it:
Saw it at a movie theater.