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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 1989 (USA)
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A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.

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George Newman (Yankovic) is a normal man. Problem is, he's also a daydreamer, who can't keep hold of a steady job. His uncle decides George will be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a station which is losing money and viewers fast. George's imagination is put to good use and he starts thinking up bizarre shows such as "Wheels of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom". The ratings start to soar again, but not everyone is happy. Written by Film_Fan

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It's crazy. It's zany. It's hysterical. It's TV according to "Weird Al" Yankovic. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,157,157 (USA)
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Trivia

"Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse" came from one of 'Weird Al' Yankovic's favorite pieces from MAD magazine. Also, according to the DVD commentary, Yankovic's character's name of George Newman is a nod to MAD Magazine mascot Alfred E Newman. See more »

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George is essentially selling off 100% of the station in the form of stock, since $75,000 is what his Uncle valued the station at. All R.J. would need to do is send intermediaries over to the station to quietly buy a controlling interest and he could shut the station down anyway, and save some money besides. Being the cutthroat businessman that he is, he should have realized this immediately. See more »

Quotes

George Newman: [as "Uncle Nutsy," to Bob as "Bobbo the Clown"] ... Hey, Bobbo! Wanna play a game? Look up... Look down... Now look at Mr. Frying Pan!
[Hits him in the face]
George Newman: Uh-oh. Bobbo fall down go boom. Aw, what's the matter, Bobbo? I know! You're hungry! Have I got just the thing for you! Yes sir, clowns AND kids just can't resist the mouth-watering, lip-smacking taste of Mrs. Hackenberger's Butter Cookies!
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Connections

Spoofs The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

SPATULA CITY
Written & Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Published by Holy Moley Music
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fun--just pain stupid fun
4 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

At times we all can be dreadfully serious when it comes to movies. I know I can be--based on many of my other IMDb reviews, it's obvious I can be critical and occasionally too serious.

Because of this, I am glad there are really funny and stupid movies like this one. While not as sophisticated as The Producers or as wacky as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it is one of the best "turn off your brain and just have fun movies".

The movie can be very amateurish at times and some jokes fall flat. However, the incredible energy and originality of the film make it very endearing. Unfortunately, it is too often just tossed aside as a "dumb movie" by many who just don't give it a chance. So my advice is to sit tight--don't turn it off! Allow yourself to wade through the slower first 1/4 of the movie so you can get to the GOLD, such as Gandhi 2, Conan the Librarian, or the commercials for cut rate funerals or for Spatula City! Feeling depressed or in a funk? See this film to cure what ails you!


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