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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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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

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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,157,157 (USA)
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'Weird Al' Yankovic offered Crispin Glover the role of Philo. According to www.weirdal.com, Glover only wanted to play the role of Crazy Eddie, the car salesman who says, "I'll club a seal to make a better deal." Neither Yankovic nor Jay Levey (the director) thought that Glover was right for the role, so they passed. See more »

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In the Rambo sequence, George catches the entire .45 cartridge with his teeth. When a cartridge is fired, only the bullet portion is propelled. The shell is either ejected (as would be with the semi-automatic .45 1911) or kept in the cylinder (if it were a revolver). See more »

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[watching a cartoon when Bob tells George whether to finish the show since Teri won't talk to him]
Stanley Spadowski: Watch out, Mr. Coyote!
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it's got "Weird" Al Yankovic, so you know what that means
1 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Weird" Al Yankovic once admitted that "UHF" was just a big excuse to be goofy, and you'd better believe that it is. Containing every wacky gag imaginable, the movie tells the story of slacker George Newman (Yankovic), who inherits a defunct TV station, and creates a bunch of loony shows, thereby becoming the most popular station in town, and then has to fight off the vampiric corporate CEO R.J. Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy), who owns a typical TV station and doesn't like competition.

Like Yankovic said, it's an excuse to be goofy. Whether it's "Gandhi II", "Conan the Librarian" or "Wheel of Fish", "UHF" is truly one movie that could only come out of "Weird" Al Yankovic's mind. The only scene where "Weird" Al sings is the "Beverly Hillbillies" sequence, but the nonstop sight gags will have you dying of laughter guaranteed.


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