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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 1989 (USA)
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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Taglines:

It's crazy. It's zany. It's hysterical. It's TV according to "Weird Al" Yankovic. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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After extremely positive feedback from test screenings, the struggling Orion Pictures concluded that this film was their sure-fire summer blockbuster. Unfortunately, the film was released during the summer of 1989 against huge films like Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Batman (1989) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). "UHF" was subsequently crushed at the box office. Although it made $6.5 million domestic box office on a $5-million production budget, this estimate does not take into account that studios only take in generally half of its theatrical gross, the rest going to exhibitors. Following another string of box-office flops, Orion went bankrupt in the early 1990s. See more »

Goofs

In the helicopter scene, the Channel 8 helmet on R.J. clearly has the number 8 made from cut up electrical/gaffer tape. See more »

Quotes

R.J. Fletcher: This is an embarrassment. A disgrace. What do you think R.J. Fletcher Senior would be saying if he were alive today?
Richard Fletcher: "Help me out of this box, I can't breathe in here. Help, let me out."
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Connections

Spoofs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

MR. ED
Theme Song
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Published by Livingston & Evans, Inc.
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This movie changed my life.

This movie taught me that absolutely nothing is sacred, and that anything is fair game in the pursuit of comedy. This is an incredible movie, on the same level as Return of the Jedi or any of the Indiana Jones movies. The short clips in the movie are reminiscent of the comic genius of the early Saturday Night Live skits. The homage paid to MAD magazine in the form of Uncle Nutzy's Funhouse is another selling point... anyone who praises MAD magazine in as subtle a way will always get my vote. Go see it immediately if you haven't before, or even if you have.


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