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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 1989 (USA)
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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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,157,157 (USA)
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27:33 The Spatula City billboard was purchased by the production and it was placed for the one shot it appears in, for ease of filming it was a billboard on a highway not frequented by many travelers. For this exact reason the billboard was not purchased after the rental period ran out, and the company did not remove the phony advertisement, it is reported that for months after the film finished shooting many travelers turned on the indicated exit and inquired about Spatula City, the ad was removed shortly afterwards when the company began receiving complaints. See more »

Goofs

Just after George gets the rest of the money he needs at the end of the movie, Kuni repeatedly moves from setting off the switch on the fireworks to standing with the rest of the crowd between shots. See more »

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[In the "Spatula City" advertising commercial]
Sy Greenblum: [listless tone] Hello, this is Sy Greenblum, president of Spatula City. I like the spatulas so much, I bought the company.
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Referenced in Superfast! (2015) See more »

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BONANZA
Theme Song
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Published by Jay Livingston Music - St. Angelo Music
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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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