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The Ratings Game ()


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A New Jersey trucker creates a hit TV show with help from his girlfriend in the ratings business.

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Vic De Salvo
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Francine Kester
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Parker Braithwaite
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Mrs. Sweeney
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The Colonel
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Goody DeSalvo
Ronny Graham ...
Cap'n Andy
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Benny Bentson
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Frank Friedlander
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Wes Vandergelder
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Al
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Sal
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T.V. Director
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Tony
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Skip
Fred Scialla ...
Richie DeSalvo
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Bruno
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Skip Imperali
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Ken
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Mr. Sweeney
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Himself
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Herself
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Teresa
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Wendy
Gela Nash ...
Tamara (as Gela Jacobson)
Candi Brough ...
Bambi
Randi Brough ...
Stacy
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Himself
Gail Barle ...
Hamilton's Girl
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Paisan Receptionist
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Vic's Tailor
Jacqueline Cassell ...
MBC Secretary
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Nunzio
Selma Diamond ...
Francine's Mother
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Le Boeuf Maitre d'
Stephanie Fisher ...
Mercedes Blonde
Michael Gallup ...
Opera Singer
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Levar
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Todd Sweeney
Damon Hines ...
Woodrow T. Brown
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Mr. Foley
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Network Spokesman
Bruce Kimmel ...
W*A*C*ked Out Recruit
Katie La Bourdette ...
Le Boeuf Woman (as Katie LaBourdette)
Jeffrey Lampert ...
MBC Guard
Paul Larson ...
Julie
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Car Attendant (as James Legros)
Russ Marin ...
Sid
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Car Attendant
Joey DePinto ...
Teamster Sailor (as Joey Pento)
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Network Receptionist
Bob Perlow ...
Warm-Up Comic
Hal Riddle ...
The Dean
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Network Rep
Harvey Miller ...
Network Rep #2 (as Harvey Skolnick)
J.T. Solomon ...
Mrs. Johnson
Charlie Stavola ...
Cop #1 (as Charles Stavola)
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Cop #2
Louis Welch ...
Steve
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Mr. Johnson
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The Dawn Patrol
Lorenzo Buhne ...
The Dawn Patrol (as Lorenzo Bunhe)
Spit Stix ...
The Dawn Patrol (as Tim Leitch)
Nora Gaye ...
H.O.T. B.O.D.S.
Louise Dorsey ...
H.O.T. B.O.D.S.
Victoria Cooke ...
H.O.T. B.O.D.S.
Michael Hanks ...
Announcer (voice) (as Michael D. Hanks)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Biondi ...
Development Executive (uncredited)
Bernie Brillstein ...
Man in Le Boeuf (uncredited)
Roy Firestone ...
Himself (uncredited)
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TV Reporter (uncredited)
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Craft Service Man (uncredited)
Tonyia Verna ...
Nunzio's Girl (uncredited)
Ed. Weinberger ...
TV executive (uncredited)

Directed by

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Danny DeVito

Written by

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Jim Mulholland ... (written by) &
Michael Barrie ... (written by)

Produced by

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Lee Biondi ... associate producer
David Jablin ... producer
Alain Silver ... associate producer

Music by

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David Spear

Cinematography by

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Tim Suhrstedt ... (as Timothy Suhrstedt)

Film Editing by

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Dale Beldin
Marshall Harvey

Editorial Department

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Ann Ducommun ... apprentice editor
Bert Glatstein ... assistant editor
Michele Noble ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Marci Liroff

Production Design by

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Michael Corenblith

Set Decoration by

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Cliff Cunningham

Costume Design by

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Angee Beckett

Makeup Department

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Patricia Messina ... makeup department head
Michele Payne ... hair stylist
Tonyia Verna ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Patrick Regan ... production executive
Alain Silver ... production executive
Elizabeth Ward ... unit production manager
Beth Tate ... production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard W. Abramitis ... second assistant director (as Richard Abramitis)
Joseph Adamson ... assistant director trainee: second unit
Peter L. Bergquist ... first assistant director (as Peter Bergquist)
Randy Carter ... assistant director: second unit
Karen Miller Ehrlich ... assistant director trainee (as Karen Ehrlich)
Leigh Webb ... second assistant director

Art Department

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K.C. Fox ... assistant art director
Chuck McSorley ... assistant property master
Parker Poole ... leadman
Gay Redinger ... decorating assistant (as Gaye Redinger)
Jon Rothschild ... construction coordinator
Bruce Ryan ... art director: second unit
Deborah Schildt ... property assistant
Ron Seigel ... assistant property master
Dennis White ... property master
Mollie H. Yasuda ... decorating assistant (as Mollie Yasuda)
Brian Hanish ... custom props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Trevor Black ... production sound mixer
Michael Hilkene ... sound editor
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer (as Dave Hudson)
Fred Judkins ... sound editor
Joe Melody ... supervising sound editor
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Clive Smith ... sound editor
Russ Tinsley ... supervising sound editor
Rusty Tinsley ... sound editor
Scott A. Tinsley ... sound editor (as Scot Tinsley)
Christopher T. Welch ... sound editor
Robert Yerington ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Jeffrey S. Farley ... prop & animatronic puppet fabrication (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Rocco Gioffre ... matte artist
Mark Sullivan ... matte artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kevin Brennan ... gaffer
Steve Dubin ... camera assistant
Cobie Fair ... grip
Bob Field ... electrician (as Robert Field)
Mark Karen ... camera assistant
Jan Kiesser ... additional cinematographer
Tim McGinnis ... best boy
Mark Morton ... electrician (as Mark Horton)
Elliot Nachbar ... grip
Tracy Neftzger ... key grip
Woody Perkins ... dolly grip (as Woodrow Perkins)
Neil Ricklen ... still photographer
David Riley ... camera assistant
Rick Rothen ... electrician
Jerry Workman ... rigging gaffer

Animation Department

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Fred Crippen ... animator: "The Goombas"

Casting Department

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Dawn Swiech ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lana Beckett ... set costumer
Lisa Heftman ... set costumer (as Lisa Heftmann)
Merry Lowry-Donner ... set costumer (as Merry Lynn Lowry)
Valerie Zielonka ... set costumer (as Valerie Zielowka)

Location Management

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Ronald Abrams ... location manager (as Ron Abrams)

Music Department

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Bruce Kimmel ... composer: theme songs

Transportation Department

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Scott Adam ... driver
R. Anthony Brown ... driver (as Tony Brown)
Scott Hubacek ... driver
Dennis Janovici ... driver (as Dennis Janovitch)
James J. Mulvaney ... driver (as James Mulvaney)
Michael J. Mulvaney ... transportation coordinator (as Michael Mulvaney)
Don-Martin Nielsen ... driver
Randy Polk ... driver captain

Other crew

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John Arvanites ... production associate
Deborah Bailey ... craft service
Diane Bigler ... stand-in
Marci Carlin ... production assistant
Don Carney ... production assistant
Pamela Carter ... production coordinator
Roxanne di Santo ... stand-in (as Roxanne diSanto)
Carol Donelan ... unit runner
Veronica Flynn ... script supervisor
Rose Gurrola ... unit runner
Sissel Hanssen ... craft service
Keith Harvey ... production assistant
Lezlie Holmes ... production assistant
Bob Hoover ... production accountant
Deborah Lesser ... craft service
J. Marina Muhlfriedel ... production secretary (as Marina Muhlfriedel)
Michael Muhlfriedel ... production assistant (as Mick Muhlfriedel)
C. David Pina ... main title and graphic design
Joe Tremaine ... choreographer
Paul Rahmes ... personal assistant to director (uncredited)

Thanks

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Paul Abrams ... special thanks
Denise Bellavance ... special thanks
Bernie Brillstein ... special thanks
James L. Brooks ... special thanks (as Jim Brooks)
Richard Chew ... special thanks
Roy Firestone ... special thanks
Linda Hanafee ... special thanks
Leo Imperiali ... special thanks
John Pellico ... special thanks
Philip Perlman ... special thanks (as Phil Perlman)
Ed. Weinberger ... special thanks
Remus Yazoo ... special thanks (as Remis Yazoo)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • El juego de las audiencias (Spain)
  • El magnate (Spain)
  • Katsojia vaikka väkisin (Finland)
  • O Campeão de Audiência (Brazil)
  • T.V. - Total verrückt (West Germany)
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  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Danny DeVito/Joan Embery/John Searing (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Sittin' Pretty See more »
Quotes Francine Kester: What a place you've got here.
Vic De Salvo: Yeah.
Francine Kester: You're not an Arab, so you must be a drug dealer.
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