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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.



(as Al Yankovic),



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Head Thug
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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 »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$6,157,157 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Weird Al' Yankovic offered Crispin Glover the role of Philo. According to www.weirdal.com, Glover only wanted to play the role of Crazy Eddie, the car salesman who says, "I'll club a seal to make a better deal." Neither Yankovic nor Jay Levey (the director) thought that Glover was right for the role, so they passed. See more »


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 »


George Newman: [as "Uncle Nutsy," to Bob as "Bobbo the Clown"] ... Hey, Bobbo! Wanna play a game? Look up... Look down... Now look at Mr. Frying Pan!
[Hits him in the face]
George Newman: Uh-oh. Bobbo fall down go boom. Aw, what's the matter, Bobbo? I know! You're hungry! Have I got just the thing for you! Yes sir, clowns AND kids just can't resist the mouth-watering, lip-smacking taste of Mrs. Hackenberger's Butter Cookies!
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Referenced in The Weird Al Show: Back to School (1997) See more »


Written & Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Published by Holy Moley Music
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User Reviews

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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