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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.

Director:

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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mogul See more »

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Runtime:

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

Francine Kester: I guess that girl tonight hurt you pretty bad.
Vic De Salvo: Nah, that was one of my healthier relationships. At least she didn't torch my warehouse. Some of them get vicious.
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Pipeline
(uncredited)
Written by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons
Arranged by Andrew Powell and Richard Cottle
Performed by The Alan Parsons Project
Produced by Alan Parsons
Executive Producer: Eric Woolfson
Courtesy Arista Records
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The best, priceless
23 January 2001 | by humptySee all my reviews

THE RATINGS GAME is one of the funniest and well written movies of all time. Its the TV industry making fun of itself. The plot is unique and clever, the love story with DeVito and Perlman is very well done and touching, and there are cameos by many great stars and stars to be. Basically its a spoof of really bad sit-coms where the lead character fraudulently manipulates the ratings to make his patently bad show beat the World Series in ratings. Brilliant movie, probably not easy to find. There are very few comedies that get me. This one is side-splitting and a real bulls-eye insightful satire of the Hollywood TV industry and scene. Bravo.


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