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Director:
Writers:
Jim Mulholland (written by) &
Michael Barrie (written by)
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Release Date:
15 December 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A New Jersey trucker creates a hit TV show with help from his girlfriend in the ratings business. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Devito See more (3 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Danny DeVito ... Vic De Salvo

Rhea Perlman ... Francine Kester

Gerrit Graham ... Parker Braithwaite

Bernadette Birkett ... Mrs. Sweeney

Barry Corbin ... The Colonel
Louis Giambalvo ... Goody DeSalvo
Ronny Graham ... Cap'n Andy
Huntz Hall ... Benny Bentson

Basil Hoffman ... Frank Friedlander

Kevin McCarthy ... Wes Vandergelder
John Megna ... Al

Michael Richards ... Sal

Ron Rifkin ... T.V. Director

Joe Santos ... Tony

Vincent Schiavelli ... Skip
Fred Scialla ... Richie DeSalvo

Frank Sivero ... Bruno

Daniel Stern ... Skip Imperali

Mark L. Taylor ... Ken

George Wendt ... Mr. Sweeney

Steve Allen ... Himself

Jayne Meadows ... Herself
Randi Brooks ... Teresa

Cisse Cameron ... Wendy
Gela Nash ... Tamara (as Gela Jacobson)
Candi Brough ... Bambi
Randi Brough ... Stacy

Army Archerd ... Himself
Gail Barle ... Hamilton's Girl

Allyce Beasley ... Paisan Receptionist
Peter Brocco ... Vic's Tailor
Jacqueline Cassell ... MBC Secretary

Robert Costanzo ... Nunzio
Selma Diamond ... Francine's Mother

Michael Ensign ... Le Boeuf Maitre d'
Stephanie Fisher ... Mercedes Blonde
Michael Gallup ... Opera Singer
Stan Haze ... Levar

Jason Hervey ... Todd Sweeney

Damon Hines ... Woodrow T. Brown
Jerry Hoffman ... Mr. Foley
Kenneth Kimmins ... Network Spokesman
Bruce Kimmel ... W*A*C*ked Out Recruit
Katie La Bourdette ... Le Boeuf Woman (as Katie LaBourdette)
Jeffrey Lampert ... MBC Guard
Paul Larson ... Julie

James Le Gros ... Car Attendant (as James Legros)
Russ Marin ... Sid

Randall Miller ... Car Attendant
Joey DePinto ... Teamster Sailor (as Joey Pento)

Susan Peretz ... Network Receptionist
Bob Perlow ... Warm-Up Comic
Hal Riddle ... The Dean

Jerry Seinfeld ... Network Rep
Harvey Miller ... Network Rep #2 (as Harvey Skolnick)
J.T. Solomon ... Mrs. Johnson

Charlie Stavola ... Cop #1 (as Charles Stavola)
J. Alan Thomas ... Cop #2
Louis Welch ... Steve
Lisle Wilson ... Mr. Johnson

Lee Ving ... The Dawn Patrol
Lorenzo Buhne ... The Dawn Patrol (as Lorenzo Bunhe)
Spit Stix ... The Dawn Patrol (as Tim Leitch)
Nora Gaye ... H.O.T. B.O.D.S.
Louise Dorsey ... H.O.T. B.O.D.S.
Victoria Cooke ... H.O.T. B.O.D.S.
Michael Hanks ... Announcer (voice) (as Michael D. Hanks)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Biondi ... Development Executive (uncredited)
Bernie Brillstein ... Man in Le Boeuf (uncredited)
Roy Firestone ... Himself (uncredited)

Eric A. Peterson ... Craft Service Man (uncredited)
Antonyia Verna ... Nunzio's Girl (uncredited)
Ed. Weinberger ... TV executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny DeVito 
 
Writing credits
Jim Mulholland (written by) &
Michael Barrie (written by)

Produced by
Lee Biondi .... associate producer
David Jablin .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Spear 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt  (as Timothy Suhrstedt)
 
Film Editing by
Dale Beldin 
Marshall Harvey 
 
Casting by
Marci Liroff 
 
Production Design by
Michael Corenblith 
 
Set Decoration by
Cliff Cunningham 
 
Costume Design by
Angee Beckett 
 
Makeup Department
Patricia Messina .... makeup artist
Michele Payne .... hair stylist
Tonyia Verna .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Patrick Regan .... production executive
Alain Silver .... production executive
Elizabeth Ward .... unit production manager
Beth Tate .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard W. Abramitis .... second assistant director (as Richard Abramitis)
Joseph Adamson .... assistant director trainee: second unit
Peter L. Bergquist .... first assistant director (as Peter Bergquist)
Randy Carter .... assistant director: second unit
Karen Miller Ehrlich .... assistant director trainee (as Karen Ehrlich)
Leigh Webb .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
K.C. Fox .... assistant art director
Parker Poole .... leadman
Gay Redinger .... decorating assistant (as Gaye Redinger)
Jon Rothschild .... construction coordinator
Bruce Ryan .... art director: second unit
Deborah Schildt .... property assistant
Ron Seigel .... assistant property master
Dennis White .... property master
Mollie H. Yasuda .... decorating assistant (as Mollie Yasuda)
Brian Hanish .... custom props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Trevor Black .... production sound mixer
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor (as Michael Milkene)
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Hudson)
Fred Judkins .... sound editor
Joe Melody .... supervising sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Clive Smith .... sound editor
Russ Tinsley .... supervising sound editor
Rusty Tinsley .... sound editor
Scott A. Tinsley .... sound editor (as Scot Tinsley)
Christopher T. Welch .... sound editor
Robert Yerington .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Jeffrey S. Farley .... prop & animatronic puppet fabrication (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Brennan .... gaffer
Steve Dubin .... camera assistant
Cobie Fair .... grip
Bob Field .... electrician (as Robert Field)
Mark Karen .... camera assistant
Jan Kiesser .... additional cinematographer
Tim McGinnis .... best boy
Mark Morton .... electrician (as Mark Horton)
Elliot Nachbar .... grip
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
Woody Perkins .... dolly grip (as Woodrow Perkins)
Neil Ricklen .... still photographer
David Riley .... camera assistant
Rick Rothen .... electrician
Jerry Workman .... rigging gaffer
 
Animation Department
Fred Crippen .... animator: "The Goombas"
 
Casting Department
Dawn Swiech .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lana Beckett .... set costumer
Lisa Heftman .... set costumer (as Lisa Heftmann)
Merry Lowry-Donner .... set costumer (as Merry Lynn Lowry)
Valerie Zielonka .... set costumer (as Valerie Zielowka)
 
Editorial Department
Ann Ducommun .... apprentice editor
Bert Glatstein .... assistant editor
Michele Noble .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruce Kimmel .... composer: theme songs
 
Transportation Department
Scott Adam .... driver
R. Anthony Brown .... driver (as Tony Brown)
Scott Hubacek .... driver
Dennis Janovici .... driver (as Dennis Janovitch)
James J. Mulvaney .... driver (as James Mulvaney)
Michael J. Mulvaney .... transportation coordinator (as Michael Mulvaney)
Don-Martin Nielsen .... driver
Randy Polk .... driver captain
 
Other crew
Ronald Abrams .... location manager (as Ron Abrams)
John Arvanites .... production associate
Deborah Bailey .... craft service
Diane Bigler .... stand-in
Marci Carlin .... production assistant
Don Carney .... production assistant
Pamela Carter .... production coordinator
Roxanne di Santo .... stand-in (as Roxanne diSanto)
Carol Donelan .... unit runner
Veronica Flynn .... script supervisor
Rose Gurrola .... unit runner
Sissel Hanssen .... craft service
Keith Harvey .... production assistant
Lezlie Holmes .... production assistant
Bob Hoover .... production accountant
Deborah Lesser .... craft service
J. Marina Muhlfriedel .... production secretary (as Marina Muhlfriedel)
Michael Muhlfriedel .... production assistant (as Mick Muhlfriedel)
C. David Pina .... main title and graphic design
Joe Tremaine .... choreographer
Paul Rahmes .... personal assistant to director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Paul Abrams .... special thanks
Denise Bellavance .... special thanks
Bernie Brillstein .... special thanks
James L. Brooks .... special thanks (as Jim Brooks)
Richard Chew .... special thanks
Roy Firestone .... special thanks
Linda Hanafee .... special thanks
Leo Imperiali .... special thanks
John Pellico .... special thanks
Philip Perlman .... special thanks (as Phil Perlman)
Ed. Weinberger .... special thanks
Remus Yazoo .... special thanks (as Remis Yazoo)
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Francine Kester:I guess that girl tonight hurt you pretty bad.
Vic De Salvo:Nah, that was one of my healthier relationships. At least she didn't torch my warehouse. Some of them get vicious.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Classic Devito, 20 January 2005
Author: (oxblood) from United States

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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