Long lost unused footage from Uncle Buck has been found

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Ten minutes of footage from the shoot of 1989’s Uncle Buck, starring John Candy, has appeared online – see it here.

It’s little secret that on the films he directed, the legendary John Hughes allowed a lot of room for improvisation. For instance, the first cut of Planes, Trains & Automobiles was said to have weighed in at over three hours. In the case of Uncle Buck, starring John Candy, it was no different. Candy was given space to experiment, and there was a good deal more footage than we ever got in the final movie.


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However, there are few instances of deleted scenes turning up from Hughes’ films in any number (the aforementioned Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ DVD release featured just one extra sequence). Which makes the discovered from Hats Off Entertainment of ten extra minutes of Uncle Buck a real rarity.

It’s uploaded it to its YouTube channel, with a caveat about the quality of the video and audio. As it noted, this is from the lost rough cut of the film, and hasn’t been edited. It’s a raw ten minute sequence with a lot more John Candy.

We’ve done a podcast covering the making of Uncle Buck that you can listen to here.

But in the meantime, here’s the rediscovered footage from the movie…

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