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
At the time the film was made, 'Weird Al' Yankovic was using his "classic" appearance, including glasses and a mustache. In 1998, Al underwent LASIK surgery, allowing him to work without glasses, and around the same time he decided to grow his hair and shave his mustache. As a result, in the additional material (menu animations, deleted scene commentaries, etc) on the 2002 DVD release of UHF, he has a strikingly different appearance than in the actual film. See more »
When Joe Earley loses his thumb in the table saw and lifts his arm to examine the wound, briefly his thumb can be seen bent underneath his hand. See more »
[George and Teri make up]
Teri, what are you doing here? I thought you never wanted to see me again.
Whatever gave you that idea?
Well, I guess my first clue was when you told me you never wanted to see me again.
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Programming for all to enjoy, and it ain't even sweeps
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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