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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 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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Don't touch that dial! See more »

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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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After extremely positive feedback from test screenings, the struggling Orion Pictures concluded that this film was their sure-fire summer blockbuster. Unfortunately, the film was released during the summer of 1989 against huge films like Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Batman (1989) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). "UHF" was subsequently crushed at the box office. Although it made $6.5 million domestic box office on a $5-million production budget, this estimate does not take into account that studios only take in generally half of its theatrical gross, the rest going to exhibitors. Following another string of box-office flops, Orion went bankrupt in the early 1990s. See more »

Goofs

The staples on the face of the Head Thug change positions inbetween shoots. See more »

Quotes

R.J. Fletcher: You are a worthless human being, Mr., um...
Stanley Spadowski: Spadowski, sir. Stanley Spadowski.
R.J. Fletcher: [chuckles] Might I call you Stanley?
Stanley Spadowski: [chuckles] Okay...
R.J. Fletcher: Stanley... *you're fired*!
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Connections

Spoofs The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

UHF
Written & Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Published by Holy Moley Music
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it's got "Weird" Al Yankovic, so you know what that means
1 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – 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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