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The Ratings Game (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 15 December 1984
A New Jersey trucker creates a hit TV show with help from his girlfriend in the ratings business.

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Danny DeVito
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Vic De Salvo
Rhea Perlman ... Francine Kester
Gerrit Graham ... Parker Braithwaite
Bernadette Birkett ... Mrs. Sweeney
Barry Corbin ... The Colonel
Louis Giambalvo ... Goody DeSalvo
Ronny Graham ... Cap'n Andy
Huntz Hall ... Benny Bentson
Basil Hoffman ... Frank Friedlander
Kevin McCarthy ... Wes Vandergelder
John Megna ... Al
Michael Richards ... Sal
Ron Rifkin ... T.V. Director
Joe Santos ... Tony
Vincent Schiavelli ... Skip
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Storyline

Vic De Salvo, a sympatic mafioso, manipulates with the help of Francine, a girl working for the TV audience controler, the data of the audience watching his program of a small channel. Thus he converts himself into a star of the TV screen. Written by Volker Boehm

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El juego de las audiencias See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a deleted scene Lainie Kazan played 'Edna,' the struggling network's psychic adviser. Jonathan Winters wanted to play kiddie show host 'Captain Andy,' but was unavailable. Geena Davis auditioned for several parts, including 'Hamilton's Girl.' See more »

Quotes

Parker Braithwaite: How can "The Senator and Stinky" get a zero share?
Francine Kester: Not one of the fifteen hundred Computron sets were tuned into it. In short, nobody watched.
Parker Braithwaite: Nobody watched, huh? It just so happens that we received four hundred letters complaining about the show... so somebody's watching.
Francine Kester: None of the Computron households.
Parker Braithwaite: Households. That's the flaw in your system! You don't take into account college dormitories... prisons... Our shows get a lot of fan mail from mental institutions. That never shows up in ...
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Soundtracks

Sittin' Pretty
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel
Performed by Dan Navarro
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Classic Devito
20 January 2005 | by oxbloodSee all my reviews

Hilarious movie reminiscent of Mad TV and SNL mock TV shows. First saw this on cable in the 80s and fell off my chair laughing. This is the kind of stuff Danny Devito does best. Dark, sarcastic humor.

Struggling producer Vic de Salvo (Devito) hatches a scheme to become a big TV star by creating and staring in his own shows and selling them to a struggling network. When he meets and falls in love with Francine, (Rhea Perlman) a woman who works for the Neilson Ratings Beaureau, he uses her knowledge to kidnap the Neilson families and send his mobster crew to "house-sit" for them and tune into his shows.

The mock shows are hilarious and I swear some of them are actually templates for shows that were minor hits later on. This reminds me a little of "Stay Tuned". Well worth a look, though slightly dated. Future "Cheers" stars, Perlman and George Wendt and an early look at Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"'s Kramer).


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