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UHF (1989)

 -  Comedy  -  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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A lot of TV stations have forgotten what "quality" means. But not Channel 62. They NEVER knew what it meant. See more »

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The entire movie include several famous lines and scenes from hit movies which include Gone with the Wind (1939), 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Network (1976). Several movies were spoofed in UHF including Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and First Blood (1982). See more »

Goofs

The staples on the face of the Head Thug change positions inbetween shoots. See more »

Quotes

Joe Earley: [afterlosing his thumb in a table saw] Can you believe this? Would you look at that? Just call me "Mr. Butterfingers." I think it's on the floor somewhere. Is my face red.
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BONANZA
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Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Published by Jay Livingston Music - St. Angelo Music
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A disturbing peek into the mind of one of the world's wackiest entertainer: "Weird Al" Yankovic.
3 July 2003 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

Michael Richards battling a gang of mobsters with a mop and a staplegun. A clown being smashed with a frying pan, then force-fed dog biscuits. Emo Phillips accidently slicing off his thumb with a tablesaw. And Fran Drescher. Yup, I think it's safe to say that this movie has everything, folks!

"Weird Al" Yankovic's first (and only) movie is everything you would expect from this underappreciated comic genius. It has the same goofy charm as a Weird Al record, and works as an effective visual representation of what Al's music is all about. As you would expect, UHF contains plenty of movie parodies, all of which are spot-on and generally harmless. Die-hard fans can also look forward to seeing a wide array of "Al-isms" like Twinkie-Wiener Sandwiches, detailed rants about bizarre nonsense, usage of the word "weasel", et cetera.

Casual viewers will find the good (U-62) vs. evil (Channel 8) story a bit ho-hum and the humor a little too... Well, a little too weird. But let's face it: this film wasn't made to tell a captivating love story or to inspire us with biting social commentary. It's an excuse for using a new medium to show Al doing what Al does best: being himself. And, as all of us devoted fans can agree, we couldn't possibly ask for anything more! LONG LIVE MR. YANKOVIC!


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