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Stay Tuned (1992)

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A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish TV and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of TV shows they find themselves in.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roy Knable
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Helen Knable
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Spike
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Darryl Knable / Narrator
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Diane Knable
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Murray Seidenbaum
Joyce Gordon ...
Sarah Seidenbaum
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Crowley
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Pierce
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Wetzel
John B. Destry ...
Sackler (as John Blackwell Destrey)
Susan Blommaert ...
Ducker
Maurice Verkaar ...
Another Buyer
Ken Douglas ...
Skeletal Worker
Gerry Nairn ...
Newscaster
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Storyline

The Knables are having marriage problems: Roy is a lousy plumbing supplies salesman by day and couch potato by night, and his wife, Helen, is a successful senior product manager for a vitamin company. Roy watches too much TV every night and Helen just cannot stand it. Then one night, Helen offers Roy a night to save their relationship: a romantic getaway without phones, their children, and especially no TV. Unfortunately, when Roy's hooked on the big screen, there's no going back. This frustrates and angers her and Helen decides to smash the family console with one of Roy's trophies as a wake-up call to reality. A heartbroken-to-disoriented Roy then hears the doorbell and finds out that it's a mysterious salesman named Spike who offers him the "ultimate getaway" from all the hate, frustration, and failures: a new remote controller and a new state-of-the-art satellite TV. Roy accepts the new TV by signing a free trial contract not knowing that he just sold his soul to the devil himself... Written by Artemis-9

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A comedy adventure on the wrong side of the screen. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated PG for some off-color humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fique Ligado em Paranoias Parabólicas  »

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$10,736,401 (USA)
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On the "nameboard" in the control room in Hell, there is an office message saying to remember that Tuesday is Saddam Hussein appreciation day. See more »

Goofs

When Daryl finally convinces his sister that their parents are trapped in the TV, there is a shot of him walking in front of a window, showing the satellite dish in the backyard. Just before the camera focuses on Daryl as he passes in front of the window, the boom mic is reflected in the top middle of the window. See more »

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[the inside of a prison is shown on an HVTV channel]
'30 Something to Life' Announcer: Coming this fall... Thirty-Something-To-Life.
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Jones' credit is in a different typeface to the rest of the credits. It is in a handwritten style. See more »

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Spoofs Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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The Mic Stalker
Performed by Dr. Ice
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Yes, The Devil Made Me Watch This!
2 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a clever and funny movie, much better than I anticipated. Most of the humor involves takeoff or parodies of television programs and movies. Being familiar with most of them, I enjoyed the humor. The takeoff involved having the devil take charge of some of these programs.

John Ritter and Pam Dawber play husband-and-wife "Roy and Helen Knable" who get sucked into buying a TV dish package straight from The Devil. After the purchase, which comes complete with 666 channels, mayhem ensues. There were a number of spots in here I just laughed out loud. Knowing a lot of the TV programs that were being spoofed helps a lot, of course, but there is a lot of good material in this film. The special-effects were pretty good, too, especially for a film that really never got a lot of exposure nor, I assume, had a huge budget.

Jeffrey Jones and Eugene Levy, two guys who are usually pretty funny, supply some good humor here, too. I looked at this strictly for laughs even though I know the devil is somebody to take seriously, but this film was anything but played for seriousness. As a bonus, we even got a Chuck Jones cartoon in the middle of the story.

This is one wacky movie and I'd like to see it on widescreen DVD. I last saw it on tape. This is recommended to those who enjoy dark humor.


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