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Stay Tuned (1992)

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

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 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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The Knables signed up for a cable system that's out of this world. See more »


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

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14 August 1992 (USA)  »

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$10,736,401 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The producers wanted Dan Aykroyd for the part of Roy Knable. See more »

Goofs

When Daryl is about to be sucked in to the satellite, a pair of hands can be seen holding him in the air. See more »

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French Soldier: I would have given you chocolates.
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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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
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Stay Tuned... What an Appropriate Title
21 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My friend Kenn Harris recommended this movie to me and I was against it from the start weeks ago because it always looked stupid to me and I hate John Ritter with a passion. But I called him and apologized for doubting him - this film is a hidden treasure.

While it is true that John Ritter is a one-dimensional actor, this film does not rely heavily on his acting or even his speaking. The bulk of this film is visual gags and pop culture references. If you grew up watching TV, you should catch most of these and they're hilarious. "Different Strokes" was great, and so was "Fresh Prince of Darkness"... and who can forget "Frankensteinfeld"? If that's not enough, two great actors round out the cast - Jeffrey Jones and Eugene Levy. Jones is often a minor actor, but he is given top spot in this film, and rightfully so. As we later saw in "Ravenous", this man has a full potential for evil and his screen presence is terrific. Levy is classic, his character is the real hero of this film. Best of all, this is a younger Levy, years before he became known as the father from "American Pie"... this is pure Levy, untainted. This film highly recommended.


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