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The Ratings Game (1984)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  15 December 1984 (USA)
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A New Jersey trucker creates a hit TV show with help from his girlfriend in the ratings business.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francine Kester
Parker Braithwaite
Mrs. Sweeney
The Colonel
Louis Giambalvo ...
Goody DeSalvo
Ronny Graham ...
Cap'n Andy
Huntz Hall ...
Benny Bentson
Frank Friedlander
Wes Vandergelder
John Megna ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Mogul  »

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Vic De Salvo: Boys, I'm offering all of you a piece of the biggest money-making racket in America today.
Tony: Drugs?
Sid: Hookers?
Tony: Car insurance?
Vic De Salvo: No, television! Where a minute of advertising costs a hundred thousand dollars... and a ratings point is worth forty million to a network.
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20 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hilarious movie reminiscent of Mad TV and SNL mock TV shows. First saw this on cable in the 80s and fell off my chair laughing. This is the kind of stuff Danny Devito does best. Dark, sarcastic humor.

Struggling producer Vic de Salvo (Devito) hatches a scheme to become a big TV star by creating and staring in his own shows and selling them to a struggling network. When he meets and falls in love with Francine, (Rhea Perlman) a woman who works for the Neilson Ratings Beaureau, he uses her knowledge to kidnap the Neilson families and send his mobster crew to "house-sit" for them and tune into his shows.

The mock shows are hilarious and I swear some of them are actually templates for shows that were minor hits later on. This reminds me a little of "Stay Tuned". Well worth a look, though slightly dated. Future "Cheers" stars, Perlman and George Wendt and an early look at Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"'s Kramer).

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