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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 1989 (USA)
An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.

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George Newman is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job. His uncle decides George would be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a television station which is losing money and viewers fast. When George replaces the station's reruns with bizarre programs such as "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse", "Wheel of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom", ratings begin to soar again. Mean-spirited and cynical mogul R.J. Fletcher becomes furious that the UHF station is getting better ratings than his network's programming. Because of gambling debts, the uncle is forced to consider selling the station to Fletcher, who would only too happily shut down (he cannot legally own two stations in the same town). George and his friends organize a 48-hour telethon to raise the money by selling investment stock from Channel 62 to save the town's new favorite station. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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TV the way it was meant to be seen. In a movie theater. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,157,157
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The "Wheel of Fish" had real fish attached to it. The fish were bought at a local fish market early one morning, and starting at about 6am, the set man began attaching them to the wheel, working to ensure the wheel spun smoothly. Filming didn't begin until about 4:30pm, on a hot summer day in a building that wasn't air-conditioned, filled with hot studio lights and over 100 extras. On the DVD commentary, Al politely describes the filming conditions as "ripe". See more »

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Before the shot in which Kuni changes the board to read $75,000, you can see the board changing to read $75,000 over the crowd in the preceding shot. See more »

Quotes

George Newman: Well... I've got good news and bad news.
Bob Steckler: Okay, give me the bad news first.
George Newman: Well... given our current financial status, compounded with fixed income and outstanding invoices... I figure this station will be flat broke by the end of the week.
Bob Steckler: [in shock] Well, what's the good news?
George Newman: I lied. There is no good news.
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Way Blue
Written by Steve Jay (as Stephen Jay)
Published by Donna-Dijon Music Publications, Inc.
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This is an absolute must-see for all Weird Al fans, and anyone!
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

"UHF" is, to me, one of the greatest comedies ever. So many great scenes, so many awesome quotes, and best of all, a chance for Weird Al Yankovic to show off his talents, both as an actor and as a singer. Also, it's so much fun to see if you can pinpoint all the references to famous movies that Al puts into this film, such as the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" parody at the beginning, and many others.

The film is the story of George Newman, a young man who has trouble holding a job (and frequently gets his best friend Bob in trouble too) due to his overactive imagination. When he is given ownership of a local TV station, UHF, his imagination can finally be put to good use, in inventing the most bizarre show lineup you can imagine. When a network owner gets jealous of UHF's success, George and his friends and fans must unite to stop him and keep UHF on the air. Michael Richards is also quite excellent as the optimistic, not-too-bright Stanley.

Though it can be somewhat difficult to find, it's definitely worth the time and effort to buy "UHF" on DVD, so you can enjoy Weird Al's movie again and again and again...


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