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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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Storyline

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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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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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,157,157 (USA)
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Trivia

In late 1988, Orion Pictures took advantage of the high anticipation for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) by putting out a teaser trailer that used much of UHF's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" spoof footage, but withheld revealing Weird Al's face and the title until the end. The teaser is available as a special feature on the DVD release. See more »

Goofs

In the opening moments, a bad guy draws a gun with his left hand to shoot Weird Al in the back. Weird Al suddenly wheels around, takes his whip, and severs the bad guy's arm. The next scene shows the bad guy's right arm lying on the ground. See more »

Quotes

George Newman: Hey, kids. Where y'wanna go?
[dead silence]
George Newman: That's right. To Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse. And boy-oh-boy, are we gonna have big fun today. We're gonna have so much fun, we'll forget about how miserable we are, and how much life sucks, and how we're all gonna grow old and die someday.
Little Weasle: I wanna go home.
George Newman: Shut up, you little weasel!
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George Newman: Okay. Right now I'd like to show you one of my favorite cartoons. It's a sad, depressing story about a pathetic coyote who spends every waking moment of his life in the...
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Connections

Referenced in The Goldbergs: I Drank the Mold! (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

TARA'S THEME
from "GONE WITH THE WIND"
Written by Max Steiner
Used by Permission of SBK Robbins Catalog, Inc.
Courtesy of Stanyan Records
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Comedy at it's best!
20 July 2000 | by (Halifax, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is probably, by far, the only movie I've seen that really makes me laugh more and more every time I see it. It's one of the only comedies that has good, clean humor. The whole movie is just a joke itself, a mix of original jokes, and many parodies. Michael Richards is perfect as Stanley, the Janitor. Weird Al is his usual comedic genius, who is also perfect for his role as the manager of 'U62'. For anybody who's in for a night full of laughs, UHF is definitely for you. A comedy masterpiece, 10/10!


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