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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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It's crazy. It's outrageous. It's the T.V station run by a lunatic! 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

Director Jay Levey has been Weird Al's manager since 1981, and has directed many of Al's music videos. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[George notices a measuring tape, but does not recognize Fletcher at first]
George Newman: Can I help you?
R.J. Fletcher: No, thanks. Just taking a few measurements.
[Stanley enters the office and looks at the TV, but once he recognizes Fletcher, he runs away]
George Newman: Wait a minute, I think I missed something here.
R.J. Fletcher: Oh, didn't I tell you? I own this place now.
[Pamela Finklestein looks stunned about this]
George Newman: [shocked] You what?
R.J. Fletcher: What's the matter, kid, you got wax in your ears?
George Newman: But my Uncle Harvey...
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Connections

Referenced in Superfast! (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
[Plays when Teri arrives home to find gifts from George.]
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Hilariously stupid!! I Loved it!!!
16 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

You really have to be in the right mood for a movie for this to work. Get home from work, and rent this and try to get yourself away from reality, and enter the completely stupuid, dumb, funny world of Weird Al Yankovich.. Al plays a loser who is fired from his job(along with his best friend) so they go off and start a tv station called UHF, in which they make fun of some of shows and movies. Like, "Conan the Librarian"...That and the Rambo one are some of my favorites. Or how about making fun of the nature shows and the Bozo the Clown Show...wheww this movie really has you cracked up at the end. 3/5 stars, it was hilarious and is definitely on my list of must sees.


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