Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck (1989)

16 mistakes

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Continuity mistake: In the bowling alley, 'Pal' comes over to speak to Tia. During their conversation, the camera pans to Maisie throwing a bowling ball; however Tia is now sitting alone. Pal has disappeared. (00:40:10)

Gary Robertson

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Continuity mistake: The scene where the elementary school teacher asks his kid what they did that week. After he asks that question and Maizy raises her hand, look at the desk belonging to the girl in the row next to Maizy. It has crayons and other supplies on it. After the teacher calls Maizy's name, the shot goes back to her, showing the girl in the next row's desk completely empty. (00:58:00)

Continuity mistake: When Buck is on the highway driving to the house and trying to remember the kids' names, we see a white 4x4 travelling the same speed as him but several lanes over. When it cuts to a shot of the rear of Buck's car, there is a small sedan now in the left lane beside him that wasn't there before.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the bowling alley scene, Uncle Buck rolls a ball in unison with a man on the next lane. The ball knocks over all the pins, but when they cut back to Buck celebrating his strike, the man next to him is rolling another ball already, much faster than possible.

Continuity mistake: When Uncle Buck takes the kids to school for the first time and the car backfires, the kid who has his cap blown off, you can clearly see that his face is black with smoke before the car backfires.

Continuity mistake: When Uncle Buck and Tia are talking in the car after Uncle Buck kidnapped Bug, the first 5-6 shots show a red box and some envelopes near the windshield. In the next shot there are two envelopes near the windshield, no red box.

richard dryja

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Suggested correction: The camera moves over to the middle of the car. If you look to the right edge the red box is still there. Maybe a square screen TV won't show it.

Suggested correction: In the first few shots the camera is positioned in front of Buck - note the rear view mirror is on the left of the image. The later shots are with the camera positioned in the middle - note the rear view mirror is now centered. Part of the red box is visible on the far right in the later shots, and the envelope that was on the left is now center right.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where the dad tells the mom that Buck will be able to stay with the kids, the moms arms go from uncrossed to crossed in a flash.


Continuity mistake: When Buck is talking to Shanice on the phone, and she's at her desk at the tire store, she accidentally slams her hand down on an ink stamp pad. When she first does it, her wrist is covered by a black sweater sleeve. When she lifts her hand up, her wrist is bare. (00:26:50)

Continuity mistake: When Buck first takes the kids to school and drops of Tia the engine backfires and shoots oil/smoke in a boy's face. In the next shot no one is behind the car.

Continuity mistake: When Uncle Buck gives up waiting for Tia at school and starts his car, thick smoke billows up continuously next to his window. The camera angle changes immediately and then smoke is only seen well behind the rear bumper.

Visible crew/equipment: When Buck accidentally takes the stray cat into the house, if you look in the slat between the frame and the door you can see a crewmember waiting to close it, not the kids. This person is too big for a 6 year old. (01:00:25)

Jack Vaughan

Factual error: In the shot where Uncle Buck is in the living room dancing with that woman, the song "Laugh Laugh" by the Beau Brummels is playing. However, the 45 we see spinning on the turntable is not "Laugh Laugh". It is a 45 on the Uni label, and the Beau Brummels' 45s were on the Autumn label.

Continuity mistake: When Buck is doing laundry, he takes a plate of clothes out of the oven and sits it in front of him. After the shot of him burning himself, the plate has disappeared.

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Suggested correction: The plate is still there and visible. It was moved a foot or so to the right (from Buck's perspective), though not sure where the Shout spray can went.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Cindy and Bob are talking in the kitchen (after getting the news) and the scene of Cindy and Buck talking in the kitchen, several items change dramatically. The coats on the rack change positions and the yellow coat goes from an adult size to a kid size. A drawing on the kitchen wall is removed too.


Continuity mistake: When Miles Russell is unpacking his lunch and asks about a lunch trade, the other kids scatter. The items on the table change when the camera cuts to the overhead shot. Most noticeably a soda can and snack appear in between Miles' food and the bag of Fritos, and the juice box is gone.


Revealing mistake: In the scene where Buck causes all the pots and pans to crash while Tia and her mother are hugging, the final of the "reaction shots" is a close up of the two kids. You can see Amy Madigan squeeze their arms as a cue to make their shocked expressions; prior to this Gaby Hoffman was looking up with a neutral expression on her face. (01:33:10)

Miles: Where do you live?
Buck: In the city.
Miles: You have a house?
Buck: Apartment.
Miles: Own or rent?
Buck: Rent.
Miles: What do you do for a living?
Buck: Lots of things.
Miles: Where's your office?
Buck: I don't have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: I don't need one.
Miles: Where's your wife?
Buck: Don't have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It's a long story.
Miles: You have kids?
Buck: No I don't.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It's an even longer story.
Miles: Are you my Dad's brother?
Buck: What's your record for consecutive questions asked?
Miles: 38.
Buck: I'm your Dad's brother all right.
Miles: You have much more hair in your nose than my Dad.
Buck: How nice of you to notice.
Miles: I'm a kid - that's my job.

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Trivia: In the scene in Maizy's class near the beginning of the film, the little girl with long blonde hair sitting at the desk next to Maizy is a young Anna Chlumsky, who went on to be the star of 'My Girl' and 'My Girl 2'.

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Answer: It's never explained, but the best guess is the hat was an Ushanka hat which is often associated with Russia. At the time, there was a lot of Soviet Union controversy so being associated with supporting the Soviet Union could have angered many people.

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