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#1 IANdrewDiceClay

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:43 PM

And on this day the UKFF pays tribute to the man.
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I know he's an acquired taste, but John Candy was a bit of a fixture in some of my favourite films growing up. Uncle Buck was everyones choice in our junior school when it was the last day of school and we could watch a movie. The Great Outdoors was always one of my favourites. Cool Runnings is a belter. Candy's roles in Stripes and Home Alone made both films better. And of course the masterpiece that is Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

I miss John Candy.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:48 PM

18 years ago? Fucking hell. That's ridiculous. The older I get, the more I appreciate his movies. It's a tragedy to think kids these days won't see some of his work.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:50 PM

He shouldn't be an acquired taste, should he? Delightful comic actor. I would have liked to have seen him tackle more serious roles, though, as showed a serious talent for it in JFK. With many actors like him, I'm almost as interested in his under-appreciated roles. He's the best thing in Brewster's Millions and gets all the best lines. Summer Rental is hugely underrated as well. Good thread, this.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

For Cool Runnings and Uncle Buck, I salute him. Uncle Buck for a movie that is shown 65 times a year never gets old, always good on a boring afternnon.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

I love JC. Unbelievable to think it's been 18 years. There hasn't been a genuinely funny Hollywood fatty since.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:11 PM

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Had alot of time for John Candy as a kid, he always seemed to be in the films I really liked, and regardless what film it was, he always came across a lovely bloke. Everything was alright when John was around.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:24 PM

I've only ever seen him in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. But that was a fantastic film and one of my favourites and he was certainly wonderful in it. That film also has one of the most depressing endings I've ever seen. From that movie alone, he was a great actor.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:27 PM

And on this day the UKFF pays tribute to the man.
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I know he's an acquired taste, but John Candy was a bit of a fixture in some of my favourite films growing up. Uncle Buck was everyones choice in our junior school when it was the last day of school and we could watch a movie. The Great Outdoors was always one of my favourites. Cool Runnings is a belter. Candy's roles in Stripes and Home Alone made both films better. And of course the masterpiece that is Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

I miss John Candy.


bloody love this film

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:09 PM

Lots of the best stuff has been mentioned, however I love him in Who's Harry Crumb?, even though its not rated by many, and 'Orange Whip' and 'Car 55, we are in a Truck' from the Blues Brothers are also gold

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:10 PM

My favourite actor ever, I love all his films, Planes Trains and Automobiles is my favourite film ever, I cant believe its 18 years since he died.

No one makes awesome family movies like the ones John Candy made, I honestly believe that Cool Runnings is the best family film ever.

I'm away to watch this:

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:16 PM

He had so much more to give. I don't think there's a film of his I've seen that I didn't enjoy, even Canadian Bacon. RIP Uncle Buck - I'd never have pegged it as 18 years ago.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:26 PM

Uncle Buck for me, easily my fave Candy movie, its just such a great story and in terms of plot, its just so good with the characters starting off all a bit worse off and being better off by the end. So many great lines in it as well, like the one where Culkin asks Candy all the questions and the meeting with the Principal, good times. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a close second which is another great story with tinges of sadness but its a really great film.

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Dan Head, ever the babyface, tries to get the crowd going by clapping his hands....stomping his feet....and shouting....."Come on, LEEDS, make some noise!!!!"...which needless to say doesn't go down too well.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:02 PM

'Car 55, we are in a Truck' from the Blues Brothers are also gold

That's why I came in to type about, I love that scene and the parody of it that Family Guy did. Uncle Buck is brilliant though, such a natural and relaxed comic delivery, I never felt he was "trying" to be funny.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:28 PM

You don't get comedy actors like John Candy much in these days, great funny actor he was. I don't think he ever didn't deliver in a role.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:36 PM

I love Planes Trains and Automobiles. It's probably my fav film in which Candy as a starring role (The first non-starring role would be Blues Brothers). He was just a very amiable guy, or at least that's how it came across. But those moments in PTAA where you realise his secret (spoiler friendly) are so well acted and poignant. Very good acting and just seems like a real nice guy. RIP.