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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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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

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The Vidiot from UHF  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,157,157 (USA)
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Trivia

Barry Hansen:  (a.k.a. Dr. Demento) is the man eating whipped cream during the Channel 62 promo. "The Dr. Demento Show" is a long-running (almost 40 years) syndicated radio show focusing exclusively on novelty and comedy records, and his playing many of 'Weird Al' Yankovic's parody songs was what launched Al's career. See more »

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When Philo gives the two wires to George, he wears a glove on his left hand. In the shot where he corrects the distance between the wires, the glove is gone. See more »

Quotes

Satan: [on "Town Talk"] Look, all I was trying to do was...
George Newman: Oh, shut up, you pinhead! You make me SICK!
[throws glass of water in his face]
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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UHF
Written & Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Published by Holy Moley Music
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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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