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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 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.



(as Al Yankovic),



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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It's crazy. It's outrageous. It's the T.V station run by a lunatic! See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$6,157,157 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse" came from one of 'Weird Al' Yankovic's favorite pieces from MAD magazine. Also, according to the DVD commentary, Yankovic's character's name of George Newman is a nod to MAD Magazine mascot Alfred E Newman. See more »


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[on the intro for "Town Talk with George"]
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References The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) See more »


Written by Max Steiner
Used by Permission of SBK Robbins Catalog, Inc.
Courtesy of Stanyan Records
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User Reviews

Makes Real T.V. Look So Boring!
7 September 2003 | by (Pasadena, CA) – See all my reviews

UHF is a story about a man who gets to have a Television Station. It is hilarious in most of the scenes. The villain is also so funny, and never really gets credited most of the time people watch this film.

Weird Al stars as a wacky guy who always has many funny ideas for television and movies and many other things. The real show-stopper in this movie is Raul's Wild Kingdom, you have to see it for yourself. The bad-guy works for the competing station, which had higher ratings.

Some parts of this film are not that funny, but stupid. If you are a big fan of Weird Al you'll love this film. And if you aren't then you will still love it. This film is for everyone.

Rated PG-13

What I think it should be rated and why: PG-13 for some crude and sexual humor, brief language, and some comic violent images.

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