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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.



(as Al Yankovic),





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't touch that dial! See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vidiot from UHF  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ginger Baker (best known as the drummer from the 1960s rock band Cream) auditioned for the part of the panhandling bum. See more »


The Bum told Fletcher that the penny he gave him was a 1955 doubled-die Denver mint penny. However the 1955 doubled-die cent was made in Philadelphia, not in Denver. See more »


[On the game show, "Wheel of Fish", Phyllis Weaver has just spun the wheel and landed on a red snapper]
Kuni: Ahhh, a red snapper. Mmmmm, very tasty. Okay, Weaver, listen carefully. You can hold on to your red snapper...
[Hiro-san emerges, carrying a table with a box]
Kuni: ...or you can go for what's in the box that Hiro-san is bringing down the aisle right now! What's it gonna be?
[Phyllis Weaver has difficulty in choosing as the audience point to the box]
Phyllis Weaver: I'll take the box. The box!
[the audience applauses]
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Edited into The Weird Al Show: Al Gets Robbed (1997) See more »


Tara's Theme
from "Gone With the Wind"
Written by Max Steiner
Used by Permission of SBK Robbins Catalog, Inc.
Courtesy of Stanyan Records
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This movie changed my life.
8 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie taught me that absolutely nothing is sacred, and that anything is fair game in the pursuit of comedy. This is an incredible movie, on the same level as Return of the Jedi or any of the Indiana Jones movies. The short clips in the movie are reminiscent of the comic genius of the early Saturday Night Live skits. The homage paid to MAD magazine in the form of Uncle Nutzy's Funhouse is another selling point... anyone who praises MAD magazine in as subtle a way will always get my vote. Go see it immediately if you haven't before, or even if you have.

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