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Director:
Writers:
'Weird Al' Yankovic (written by) &
Jay Levey (written by)
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Release Date:
21 July 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Don't touch that dial! See more »
Plot:
A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
'Weird Al' - Harmless Fun See more (194 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

'Weird Al' Yankovic ... George Newman
Victoria Jackson ... Teri

Kevin McCarthy ... R.J. Fletcher

Michael Richards ... Stanley Spadowski
David Bowe ... Bob
Stanley Brock ... Uncle Harvey

Anthony Geary ... Philo

Trinidad Silva ... Raul Hernandez

Gedde Watanabe ... Kuni

Billy Barty ... Noodles MacIntosh

John Paragon ... Richard Fletcher

Fran Drescher ... Pamela Finklestein
Sue Ane Langdon ... Aunt Esther

David Proval ... Head Thug

Grant James ... Killer Thug

Emo Philips ... Joe Earley
Lou B. Washington ... Cameraman
Vance Colvig Jr. ... Bum
Nik Hagler ... FCC Man

Robert K. Weiss ... Bartender
Eldon G. Hallum ... Spatula Husband
Sherry Engstrom ... Spatula Wife
Sara Allen ... Spatula Neighbor

Bob Hungerford ... Sy Greenblum
John Cadenhead ... Crazy Ernie
Francis M. Carlson ... Blind Man
Ivan Green ... Earl Ramsey
Adam Maras ... Joel Miller
Travis Knight ... Billy
Joseph Witt ... Little Weasel
Tony Frank ... Teri's Father
Billie Lee Thrash ... Teri's Mother
Barry Friedman ... Fletcher Cronie #1
Kevin Roden ... Fletcher Cronie #2
Lisa R. Stefanic ... Phyllis Weaver
Nancy Johnson ... Big Edna
Debbie Mathieu ... Betty
Wilma Jeanne Cummins ... Little Old Lady
Cliff Stephens ... Animal Deliveryman
Jim West ... Band: Guitar
Steve Jay ... Band: Bass Guitar
Jon Schwartz ... Band: Drums
Kim Bullard ... Band: Keyboard
Barry Hansen ... Whipped Cream Eater (as Dr. Demento)
Bob Maras ... Thug #3

George Fisher ... Thug #4
Tony Salome ... Guide #1
Joe Restivo ... Guide #2
Charles Marsh ... Yodeler

Belinda Bauer ... Mud Wrestler
Lori Wagner ... Mud Wrestler
Patrick Thomas O'Brien ... Satan (as Patrick O'Brian)

Roger Callard ... Conan the Librarian
Robert Frank ... Timid Man
Jeff Maynard ... Boy with Books
M.G. Kelly ... Promo Announcer (voice)
Jay Gardner ... Promo Announcer (voice)
John Harlan ... Promo Announcer (voice)
Jim Rose ... Promo Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Routh ... The Kipper Kids (as Harry Kipper)
Martin von Haselberg ... Kipper Kids (as Harry Kipper)
Adam Clarke ... Kid In Audience (uncredited)
Kenwick Cook ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Herbert Glucksman ... Gorbachev (uncredited)
Rhias Hall ... Kimberly Hall (uncredited)
Marlo Holly ... Donor at Telethon (uncredited)

Jeff Howard ... Donor at Telethon (uncredited)
Jay Levey ... Gandhi (uncredited)

Gigi Orsillo ... Spatula daughter (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Disco Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jay Levey 
 
Writing credits
'Weird Al' Yankovic (written by) (as Al Yankovic) &
Jay Levey (written by)

Charles Holloway  Conan the Librarian sketch (uncredited)

Produced by
Joe M. Aguilar .... associate producer (as Joe Aguilar)
Kevin Breslin .... co-producer
Becki Cross .... associate producer
Gray Frederickson .... executive producer
Deren Getz .... co-producer
John W. Hyde .... producer
Gene Kirkwood .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Du Prez 
 
Cinematography by
David Lewis 
 
Film Editing by
Dennis M. O'Connor 
 
Casting by
Barbara Hanley 
Cathy Henderson 
 
Production Design by
Ward Preston 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox 
 
Costume Design by
Tom McKinley 
 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup effects supervisor
Lynne K. Eagan .... hair department head
Lynne K. Eagan .... makeup department head
Suzy Graham .... assistant makeup artist
Roseanne McIlvane .... hair stylist
Roseanne McIlvane .... makeup artist
Douglas J. White .... special makeup effects artist (as Doug White)
 
Production Management
Bill Carroll .... production supervisor
Gray Frederickson .... production manager
Kate Morris .... executive in charge of production
Susan Zwerman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benita Allen .... second assistant director
Scott Clark .... second assistant director
Lorene M. Duran .... second second assistant director
Pam Whorton .... third assistant director
John R. Woodward .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michelle Baron .... set dresser
Jennifer Wyatt-Beasley .... art department swing gang
 
Sound Department
Ara Ashjian .... sound recordist
Christopher Assells .... sound editor
Charles R. Beith Jr. .... sound editor
Gregory Cheever .... sound recordist (as Greg Cheever)
Clayton Collins .... sound editor (as Clay Collins)
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Dino Dimuro .... sound editor
G. Michael Graham .... sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jeffrey Haboush)
Bo Harwood .... sound mixer
Dan Hegeman .... sound editor (as Daniel Hegeman)
A. David Marshall .... sound editor
Diane Marshall .... sound editor
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor
Art Schiro .... sound recordist
Scott A. Tinsley .... sound editor (as Scott Tinsley)
 
Special Effects by
Mike Menzel .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
John Coats .... visual effects producer (as John Coates)
Tim Donahue .... miniatures and art directiorn: Introvision
John Hora .... visual effects photography
Richard Kilroy .... visual effects art director
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Marcus Tate .... visual effects cameraman
Ron Yates .... visual effects art director: Introvision
Susan Zwerman .... visual effects producer: fantasy sequence and music videos
 
Stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patric J. Abaravich .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
L. Brian Blagowsky .... electrician
Dante Cardone .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Dave Footman .... grip
Tom Keefer .... key grip: second unit
Gary Molyneux .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Steve Reinhardt .... best boy electric
Rick Taylor .... second assistant camera
Peter J. Verrando .... 24 frame video operator
 
Casting Department
Barbara Brinkley .... local casting
Michael Cutler .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Steve Polivka .... assistant editor
Lewis Schoenbrun .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Katherine Quittner .... music editor
Katherine Quittner .... music supervisor
Katherine Quittner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Katherine Quittner .... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Michael Carroll .... production assistant
Bonnie Macker .... production coordinator
R. Stacy Ratliff .... production assistant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
Michael Lembeck .... acting coach: Weird Al Yankovic (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Trinidad Silva .... dedicatee
 

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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-10 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #29692)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "Wheel of Fish" had real fish attached to it. The fish were bought at a local fish market early one morning, and starting at about 6am, the set man began attaching them to the wheel, working to ensure the wheel spun smoothly. Filming didn't begin until about 4:30pm, on a hot summer day in a building that wasn't air-conditioned, filled with hot studio lights and over 100 extras. On the DVD commentary, Al politely describes the filming conditions as "ripe".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening moments, a bad guy draws a gun with his left hand to shoot Weird Al in the back. Weird Al suddenly wheels around, takes his whip, and severs the bad guy's arm. The next scene shows the bad guy's right arm lying on the ground.See more »
Quotes:
George Newman:[bursts into room where Stanley is being held prisoner] Aaaaaaaaaaggghh!
Killer Thug:[totally unimpressed] Who the hell is this guy?
George Newman:[imitating Rambo] Oim your worst nightmare.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Flying Aarons (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLICSee more »

FAQ

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
'Weird Al' - Harmless Fun, 6 July 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

For some reason, I never pictured myself watching a film starring "Weird Al" Yankovic. He just looked too weird or too stupid....but he was okay. In fact, he was pretty likable in this fun-but-unmemorable film. He's actually more like Jim Varney''s "Vern" character that was so popular in the '80s: a lame but super nice guy.

That's what "Weird Al" plays in here, a Mr. Nice Guy who prevails against forces of evil against him, in this case a TV station owner: Kevin McCarthy, who plays a totally over-the-top villain.

Yankovic will never win any Academy Awards for his acting but he suffices in this no-brainer comedy. Some of the bits are actually quite clever and some are a bit raunchy (hence the PG-13 rating) but there is almost no profanity in here. Michael Richards was funny as the stupid janitor. Lots of jokes in this movie. You just pick out the ones you like.

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