UHF (1989)

PG-13  |   |  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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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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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$6,157,157 (USA)

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Easter Egg: When the commentary track is turned on, watch during chapter 23 ("The Great Escape") when Stanley locks himself in the office. 'Weird Al' Yankovic jumps *on-screen* from the commentary to "warn" Stanley's character ("Mystery Science Theater" style) about what's about to happen. See more »


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 »


George Newman: I need a drink.
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Written by Todd Grace
Published by Donna-Dijon Music Publications, Inc.
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Programming for all to enjoy, and it ain't even sweeps
2 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Weird Al Yankovic's only excursion into film making proved to be a solid effort on his part. With an off-beat story such as this, the frizzy haired patron of pop polka proves his acting is adequate enough to carry a film such as this. While I feel there could have been more Weird Al songs, the comedy wasn't lacking. Michael Richards had his best role ever as Stanley Spadowski the janitor. All of the children's show sequences were hilarious. While this film isn't for all, it was certainly a movie which I can enjoy on many occasions. 6.8/10

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