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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Sweeney
The Colonel
Ronny Graham ...
Cap'n Andy
Benny Bentson
Frank Friedlander
Wes Vandergelder
T.V. Director


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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Comedy | Romance





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15 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mogul  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Parker Braithwaite: How can "The Senator and Stinky" get a zero share?
Francine Kester: Not one of the fifteen hundred Computron sets were tuned into it. In short, nobody watched.
Parker Braithwaite: Nobody watched, huh? It just so happens that we received four hundred letters complaining about the show... so somebody's watching.
Francine Kester: None of the Computron households.
Parker Braithwaite: Households. That's the flaw in your system! You don't take into account college dormitories... prisons... Our shows get a lot of fan mail from mental institutions. That never shows up in ...
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Sounds of Silence
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Gap Mangione
Courtesy of A&M Records
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23 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

THE RATINGS GAME is one of the funniest and well written movies of all time. Its the TV industry making fun of itself. The plot is unique and clever, the love story with DeVito and Perlman is very well done and touching, and there are cameos by many great stars and stars to be. Basically its a spoof of really bad sit-coms where the lead character fraudulently manipulates the ratings to make his patently bad show beat the World Series in ratings. Brilliant movie, probably not easy to find. There are very few comedies that get me. This one is side-splitting and a real bulls-eye insightful satire of the Hollywood TV industry and scene. Bravo.

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