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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 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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Taglines:

It's crazy. It's zany. It's hysterical. It's TV according to "Weird Al" Yankovic. 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)

Gross USA:

$6,157,157
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The entire movie include several famous lines and scenes from hit movies which include Gone with the Wind (1939), 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Network (1976). Several movies were spoofed in UHF including Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and First Blood (1982). See more »

Goofs

Before the shot in which Kuni changes the board to read $75,000, you can see the board changing to read $75,000 over the crowd in the preceding shot. See more »

Quotes

George Newman: I need a drink.
Bob Steckler: You don't drink.
George Newman: Yeah, but I've been meaning to start.
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Connections

Referenced in The Weird Al Show: Back to School (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Ed
Theme Song
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Published by Livingston & Evans, Inc.
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Programming for all to enjoy, and it ain't even sweeps
2 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Weird Al Yankovic's only excursion into film making proved to be a solid effort on his part. With an off-beat story such as this, the frizzy haired patron of pop polka proves his acting is adequate enough to carry a film such as this. While I feel there could have been more Weird Al songs, the comedy wasn't lacking. Michael Richards had his best role ever as Stanley Spadowski the janitor. All of the children's show sequences were hilarious. While this film isn't for all, it was certainly a movie which I can enjoy on many occasions. 6.8/10


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