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The Ratings Game (1984)

A New Jersey trucker creates a hit TV show with help from his girlfriend in the ratings business.

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Francine Kester
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Parker Braithwaite
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The Colonel
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Goody DeSalvo
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Cap'n Andy
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Vic De Salvo, a sympatic mafioso, manipulates with the help of Francine, a girl working for the TV audience controler, the data of the audience watching his program of a small channel. Thus he converts himself into a star of the TV screen. Written by Volker Boehm

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15 December 1984 (USA)  »

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The Mogul  »

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In a deleted scene Lainie Kazan played 'Edna,' the struggling network's psychic adviser. Jonathan Winters wanted to play kiddie show host 'Captain Andy,' but was unavailable. Geena Davis auditioned for several parts, including 'Hamilton's Girl.' See more »

Quotes

Skip: [at Vic's party] All right, waiters, on your toes - push the shrimp balls!
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Soundtracks

Theme from 'The Goombas'
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel
Performed by Dan Navarro
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It's a dog, but it's a cute dog.
21 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This satire on the TV industry is too much of it, with mountains of cheesy plot-driven dialog set to the accompaniment of hyper-cheesy music. But mixed in are some great gags--one of the best is a sight gag, when Gerrit Graham walks back on stage at the MBC confab, to continue plumping his network's new shows against a devilishly appropriate freeze-frame from one of them. Much of the value now is to have fun seeing all kinds of talent before, between, or after the high points of their careers. Casting wise, this show could pick 'em.

The strongest element here is the apt satire. Alas, the laughs are not frequent enough, or intense enough, to really sustain the effort. The movie in the end is a cheese dog, but the stars play it cute, and it's fun. Five stars for wide and deep star power, far transcending the script.


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