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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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)
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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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Comedy | Fantasy

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

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14 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fique Ligado em Paranoias Parabólicas  »

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$10,736,401 (USA)
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Trivia

Filming began in October 1991 and wrapped in January 1992. See more »

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The awning on the horse carriage. See more »

Quotes

[Roy Knable arrives inside a castle]
Spike: My, my. Now you'll never get back to Kansas.
[Roy looks behind him and sees that his remote is shattered into pieces]
Spike: [raising his sword] En garde.
[Roy gets a wooden stick]
Spike: Oh, no sword. Have to talk to that prop man.
[breaks the stick]
Spike: Right about now, your wife is probably catching that train... right between the eyes. And you let it happen.
Darryl Knable: [hurling one of Roy's swords towards the HVTV dish] Here it comes, Dad!
[the sword gets sucked in the dish]
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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 The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »

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Come and Knock On Our Door
(Theme to Three's Company)
by Joe Raposo and Don Nicholl
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A surprising piece of entertainment.
22 November 2004 | by (BGSU) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon this movie while channel flipping, ironically enough. I thought that the film was very well done, with just enough cheesy humor to keep me groaning and laughing. The jewels of the film were found in it's references and TV jokes. Some humor at actor Ritter's expense gives the impression that movie is making fun of itself. Jeffery Jones plays an excellent role, further showing off the actor's versatility. What the film lacked in plot, it made up for in originality. The highlight of the film is a cartoon segment done by the legendary Chuck Jones, parodying the Tom and Jerry clichés we all grew up with. All in all, a funny if not cheesy film, definitely worth watching.


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