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  • Actors: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Madigan
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Ramey E. Ward, Tom Jacobson, William H. Brown
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Hungarian, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000094TMC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

John Candy plays the jobless, happy-go-lucky slob of an uncle who is asked to babysit his niece and nephew (Gaby Hoffman and Macaulay Culkin) at short notice. His hidden flair for childcare soon emerges, even as his relationship with long-suffering girlfriend Chanice (Amy Madigan) takes a turn for the worse. John 'Home Alone' Hughes directs.

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John Candy has one of his finest opportunities in this film by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) about a perpetual screw-up (Candy) who gets his act together enough to watch over his brother's kids effectively. The late actor scores big points resurrecting elements of his more decadent persona from SCTV days, but he also has some persuasively touching, sentimental moments. Hughes's direction is not as focused as it was only a few years before, but there's no mistaking his touch. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, production notes, biographies, Dolby sound, optional Spanish and French soundtracks. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Derek Lloyd on 1 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
Actually, I found this movie to be an excellent family show, with a great cast and although not necessarily original, an entertaining story line.
The trials and tribulations of raising a couple of young children are well portrayed. McCauley Calkin and Abby Hoffman both display youthful exuberance, and are also well served for future roles - you definitely get a sense of the idea behind the "Home Alone" series when Amy Maggadan is "interviewed" through the mail slot by a fast emerging young star. The older sister, Jean Louisa Kelly, is not only great at depicting the 15 year old Tia, and while not essential to the role, her dreamy and sometimes sad eyes are simply to die for.
John Candy is at his best. In fact, if we were to remember him for any of his long list of outstanding work, the wave and smile at the close of the film, immediately before the roll up of the credits is about the most fitting farewell to one of Canada's best ever film and stage performers. While Uncle Buck is not his final work, that look of "Ain't this Great, eh!" makes him look peaceful and at ease with life. I will always remember him this way.
In all the movie is just a pleasure to watch, and I would give it 4 and 1/2 stars.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 9 May 2007
Format: DVD
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 Buck. 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.

Just watch the scene where Candy tries to use the kiddies toilet...absolutely hilarious.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petri on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The movie itself is funny and entertaining, with the always funny and brilliant late John Candy. However, the picture quality is nowhere near where it should be on a bluray disk. Compared to another John Candy classic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, this bluray pales in picture quality comparison.
Another annoyance is the British-English-speaking animated guy that pops up before the movie and thanks you profoundly for purchasing a bluray movie. I hate this dumb animated guy beyond measure, and he seems to inhabit so many of the movies in my bluray library. I hate the thought of having to watch him over and over again over the years as I watch my movies. Owning and watching a bluray movie should be a seamless experience of inserting the movie into the player and starting watching it without delay. After all, I did pay for it, so give me user satisfaction! I should be deducting a star in my future reviews for every bluray movie where this guy or something similar appears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You know what it's like, you're invited somewhere cool and you've got no one to look after the little ones? All your friends are going, and you don't have someone to look after junior, so what do you do? Call a baby sitter? No, usually it's your brother, or sister, and this is what Uncle Buck is all about.

When a family member has a heart attack, Buck Russell (John Candy - Planes, Trains & Automobiles [1987], Brewster's Millions [1985]) has to look after the kids; Tia, a moody teen who really hates everyone except her lover Bug; little Maizy who's a dreamboat, and Miles (Macaulay Culkin - Home Alone [1990]) with his funny expressions, in the suburbs.

Buck isn't really that treasured by the family, he's considered the slow one, he's been on-and-off with his girlfriend Chanice and hasn't had a proper job in ages. He lives on big wins on the horses and doesn't really care about much else - some would say he's a slob.

We see Buck doing the usual crazy things which makes Tia cringe, insulting a teacher, and even cooking clothes, but at the bottom of his heart, he cares for the kids and doesn't want anything bad happening to them.

This is good family comedy, with John Hughes' humour coming out in every scene. John Candy is perfect in this - he's jovial attitude and his humour shine here like a beacon on film comedy.
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