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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 1989 (USA)
An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.

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George Newman is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job. His uncle decides George would be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a television station which is losing money and viewers fast. When George replaces the station's reruns with bizarre programs such as "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse", "Wheel of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom", ratings begin to soar again. Mean-spirited and cynical mogul R.J. Fletcher becomes furious that the UHF station is getting better ratings than his network's programming. Because of gambling debts, the uncle is forced to consider selling the station to Fletcher, who would only too happily shut down (he cannot legally own two stations in the same town). George and his friends organize a 48-hour telethon to raise the money by selling investment stock from Channel 62 to save the town's new favorite station. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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A lot of TV stations have forgotten what "quality" means. But not Channel 62. They NEVER knew what it meant. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,157,157
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Trivia

In addition to the programs shown on Channel 62, the station's Friday lineup on the wall board includes these programs: - Beastiality Today - Beat the Loan Shark - Beverly Hillbillies - Buddha Knows Best - Dog Racing from Rio de Janeiro - Druids on Parade - Eye On Toxic Waste - Fun with Dirt - Leave it to Bigfoot - Mr. Ed - My Three Mutants - Name that Stain - News - Raul's Wild Kingdom - Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse - That's Disgusting - The Flying Pope - The Lice is Right - The Young and the Dyslexic - Town Talk - Traffic Court - Secrets of the Universe - Underwater Bingo for Teens - Volcano Worshiper's Hour - Wheel of Fish - Wide World of Tractor Pulls - Wonderful World of Phlegm - You Bet Your Pink Slip Shows shown but not on the lineup include: - Bowling for Burgers - Strip Solitaire See more »

Goofs

On a TV commerical for "Conan the Librarian" the time that it says the program comes on is 7:30pm. A few scenes later George is setting up the Fall UHF line up on a magnetic board - and you can see on the board that Stanley Spudosky's Club House comes on every day of the week from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. See more »

Quotes

Bum: Hey, Mister!
George Newman: Not now, okay?
Bum: Well, I was just wondering if it was too late to buy any of them shares.
[produces a large amount of money]
Bum: I'll take whatever you got left!
George Newman: [amazed] How much is that?
Bum: Two thousand dollars, heh heh heh! Keep your change!
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Referenced in Mega64: Stranger (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Written by Julia Ward Howe and William Steffe
Performed by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
With the Philadelphia Orchestra
Courtesy of CBS Masterworks
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it's got "Weird" Al Yankovic, so you know what that means
1 May 2005 | by 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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