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UHF (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 1989 (USA)
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An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Newman
... Teri Campbell
... R.J. Fletcher
... Stanley Spadowski
... Bob Steckler
... Harvey Bilchik
... Philo
... Raul Hernandez
... Kuni
... Noodles MacIntosh
... Richard Fletcher
... Pamela Finklestein
... Esther Bilchik
... Head Thug
... Killer Thug
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Storyline

George Newman is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job. His uncle decides George would be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a television station which is losing money and viewers fast. When George replaces the station's reruns with bizarre programs such as "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse", "Wheel of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom", ratings begin to soar again. Mean-spirited and cynical mogul R.J. Fletcher becomes furious that the UHF station is getting better ratings than his network's programming. Because of gambling debts, the uncle is forced to consider selling the station to Fletcher, who would only too happily shut down (he cannot legally own two stations in the same town). George and his friends organize a 48-hour telethon to raise the money by selling investment stock from Channel 62 to save the town's new favorite station. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Don't touch that dial! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,157,157
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the "Gandhi II" scene, Gandhi slams a bad guy's head repeatedly into the roof of his Ferrari. When doing this on-set, it actually left a dent in the roof of the car, which caused great concern because it wasn't immediately clear if the damage to the car was covered by studio insurance. Fortunately, it was. See more »

Goofs

When the video of R.J.'s rant is played back by Philo ("This community means about as much to me..." etc.), R.J.'s phrasing at the beginning of the rant doesn't match when he's originally heard saying it earlier in the film. See more »

Quotes

[Stanley is eating a watermelon]
Stanley Spadowski: This is pretty good watermelon.
[He stops and thinks about this]
Stanley Spadowski: Tastes like poop. I'm gonna eat some Corn Flakes.
[grabs a box of Corn Flakes]
Stanley Spadowski: These are pretty good... WHOA! Free toy inside! Free toy inside! Let's find it.
[rummages his hand in the box]
Stanley Spadowski: Don't let your mom know that you do this.
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Mr. Ed
Theme Song
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Published by Livingston & Evans, Inc.
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A disturbing peek into the mind of one of the world's wackiest entertainer: "Weird Al" Yankovic.
3 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Michael Richards battling a gang of mobsters with a mop and a staplegun. A clown being smashed with a frying pan, then force-fed dog biscuits. Emo Phillips accidently slicing off his thumb with a tablesaw. And Fran Drescher. Yup, I think it's safe to say that this movie has everything, folks!

"Weird Al" Yankovic's first (and only) movie is everything you would expect from this underappreciated comic genius. It has the same goofy charm as a Weird Al record, and works as an effective visual representation of what Al's music is all about. As you would expect, UHF contains plenty of movie parodies, all of which are spot-on and generally harmless. Die-hard fans can also look forward to seeing a wide array of "Al-isms" like Twinkie-Wiener Sandwiches, detailed rants about bizarre nonsense, usage of the word "weasel", et cetera.

Casual viewers will find the good (U-62) vs. evil (Channel 8) story a bit ho-hum and the humor a little too... Well, a little too weird. But let's face it: this film wasn't made to tell a captivating love story or to inspire us with biting social commentary. It's an excuse for using a new medium to show Al doing what Al does best: being himself. And, as all of us devoted fans can agree, we couldn't possibly ask for anything more! LONG LIVE MR. YANKOVIC!


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