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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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It's crazy. It's outrageous. It's the T.V station run by a lunatic! See more »

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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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Lou B. Washington, who plays the studio cameraman, previously appeared in the video for 'Weird Al' Yankovic's "Fat" in 1988. See more »

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During Pamela's live report with the mayor, there is no live truck, and Noodles's camera doesn't have cables or a power supply. See more »

Quotes

Raul Hernandez: For those of you just joining us, today we're teaching poodles how to fly.
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Spoofs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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WAY BLUE
Written by Steve Jay (as Stephen Jay)
Published by Donna-Dijon Music Publications, Inc.
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This is an absolute must-see for all Weird Al fans, and anyone!
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"UHF" is, to me, one of the greatest comedies ever. So many great scenes, so many awesome quotes, and best of all, a chance for Weird Al Yankovic to show off his talents, both as an actor and as a singer. Also, it's so much fun to see if you can pinpoint all the references to famous movies that Al puts into this film, such as the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" parody at the beginning, and many others.

The film is the story of George Newman, a young man who has trouble holding a job (and frequently gets his best friend Bob in trouble too) due to his overactive imagination. When he is given ownership of a local TV station, UHF, his imagination can finally be put to good use, in inventing the most bizarre show lineup you can imagine. When a network owner gets jealous of UHF's success, George and his friends and fans must unite to stop him and keep UHF on the air. Michael Richards is also quite excellent as the optimistic, not-too-bright Stanley.

Though it can be somewhat difficult to find, it's definitely worth the time and effort to buy "UHF" on DVD, so you can enjoy Weird Al's movie again and again and again...


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