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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The performers shown in the telethon (the Kipper Kids, the upside-down guitar-playing yodeler, Uncle Sam on stilts, etc) were all real acts. See more »

Goofs

In the Indiana Jones scene, as Al runs out of where the Oscar statue was, there's a yellow diamond road sign to the left of the opening that says "Watch For Falling Rocks", yet when he was walking in earlier, that section was clearly visible and the sign wasn't there. See more »

Quotes

George Newman: You know what? Nobody in this small town appreciates a guy with a good imagination.
Bob: Well, maybe not the people at the lumber yard, or the miniature golf course, or Floyd's Fish Market, or any of the other places you worked in the last... month.
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Soundtracks

BONANZA
Theme Song
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Published by Jay Livingston Music - St. Angelo Music
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A disturbing peek into the mind of one of the world's wackiest entertainer: "Weird Al" Yankovic.
3 July 2003 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

Michael Richards battling a gang of mobsters with a mop and a staplegun. A clown being smashed with a frying pan, then force-fed dog biscuits. Emo Phillips accidently slicing off his thumb with a tablesaw. And Fran Drescher. Yup, I think it's safe to say that this movie has everything, folks!

"Weird Al" Yankovic's first (and only) movie is everything you would expect from this underappreciated comic genius. It has the same goofy charm as a Weird Al record, and works as an effective visual representation of what Al's music is all about. As you would expect, UHF contains plenty of movie parodies, all of which are spot-on and generally harmless. Die-hard fans can also look forward to seeing a wide array of "Al-isms" like Twinkie-Wiener Sandwiches, detailed rants about bizarre nonsense, usage of the word "weasel", et cetera.

Casual viewers will find the good (U-62) vs. evil (Channel 8) story a bit ho-hum and the humor a little too... Well, a little too weird. But let's face it: this film wasn't made to tell a captivating love story or to inspire us with biting social commentary. It's an excuse for using a new medium to show Al doing what Al does best: being himself. And, as all of us devoted fans can agree, we couldn't possibly ask for anything more! LONG LIVE MR. YANKOVIC!


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