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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 »
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(62 articles)
Uhf 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review
 (From Collider.com. 27 November 2014, 6:00 AM, PST)

'Uhf 2' Not Likely to Happen Says 'Weird Al' Yankovic
 (From MovieWeb. 12 November 2014, 2:31 PM, PST)

Uhf 2? Here.s What Weird Al Yankovic Has To Say
 (From Cinema Blend. 12 November 2014, 1:58 PM, PST)

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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)

Allan Lay ... Surfer (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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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:
Despite the fact that, since the beginning, roughly half of the material on 'Weird Al' Yankovic's albums has been original songs (using his own melody and not parodying an existing song - although often based on a known performer's style), he has not been widely known for his own creations. In fact, out of all 20 of Al's singles released up to 1989 (this movie's release year), only four were "originals" of his, with the fourth being the theme song from this movie (also titled "UHF").See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the Rambo sequence, George catches the entire .45 cartridge with his teeth. When a cartridge is fired, only the bullet portion is propelled. The shell is either ejected (as would be with the semi-automatic .45 1911) or kept in the cylinder (if it were a revolver).See more »
Quotes:
Crazy Ernie:If nobody comes down here and buys a car in the next hour, I'm gonna club this baby seal. That's right! I'm gonna club this seal to make a better deal. You know I'll do it, too, cause I'm crazy.See more »
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47 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Go buy this DVD right now!, 26 September 2005
Author: velcrohead from United States

It's very telling that I had to look 15 pages deep into the user comments to find one negative review of this movie. And the negative reviews were from insufferable snots.

This movie made me laugh as a teenager, but it also makes me laugh as a fully grown adult. Does that mean the humor is dumb or sophomoric? Not necessarily. What exactly is "adult humor" anyway? Does it necessarily need to contain graphic depictions of sex and generous uses of profanity to be considered sophisticated and adult?? I contend that it does not, and I cite UHF as an example.

The laughs here are genuine, and they come from lack of pretentiousness and an honest feeling that one need not take oneself too seriously at any given moment. Al lets us know that it's OK to make fun of yourself as well as the rest of society. Much of what he does is self-deprecating, and UHF is no exception. He doesn't stand around making fun of others and establishing an air of superiority over the rest of society. As George Newman, he becomes the everyman, infusing much of his own personality along with his on-stage comedic persona. And he's not afraid to kick himself around and then proceed to pull himself up via his own bootstraps. Nobody else has to be hurt.

Plot has never been a big necessity in these spoof/parody movies. "The Naked Gun," "Airplane," "Top Secret," "Johnny Dangerously," and many others have had the most skeletal of plots. Cop must find and bring to justice bad guy who shot his friend. Burned out ex-pilot must save aircraft when crew dies. Rock and roll star must overthrow Nazi plot. Mobster must overcome those who wish to take him down. And in "UHF" we have Loser Man must save TV station from evil network exec. The plot is not important; it's just a vehicle to get us from laugh to laugh and set up the next joke.

UHF's comedy, though basic, rings true, and if you'll drop all of your pretentious airs, you'll get it. (We all know you're not nearly as sophisticated as you think you are anyway.) Who among us can keep from laughing while Raul teaches poodles to fly? Who can stifle a chuckle when Stanley is doing... well... doing just about everything he does in this film? Al admits in his commentaries and interviews that "UHF" is no "Citizen Kane." But that's the beauty of it. There's nothing complex here. It's all about the laugh, and there's where this movie really scores.

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