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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 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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A lot of TV stations have forgotten what "quality" means. But not Channel 62. They NEVER knew what it meant. 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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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,157,157
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The lead character in this film is named George Newman. Michael Richards is probably best known for playing Cosmo Kramer on '_Seinfeld_(1989)', which featured two characters named George and Newman. See more »

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When Philo is putting the camera in the ceiling of R.J. Fletcher's office, we see a pencil in his mouth. In the next shot, the pencil's gone. See more »

Quotes

Earl Ramsey: Guns don't kill people - I do.
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Edited into 5 Second Movies: UHF (2008) See more »

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UHF
Written and Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Published by Holy Moley Music
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Not as good as I remember, but not THAT bad
27 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

The 1989 "Weird" Al Yankovic vehicle is good for some chuckles but far from brilliant. I must admit it was fond childhood memories that led me to unburden myself of the $9.99 that my local Circuit City was asking for DVD. I remembered Conan The Librarian, I remembered Gahandi 2, I remembered laughing my 8-year-old butt off, but would this film stand the test of time.

When they jokes and parodies hit well in UHF they hit very well, and as always Michael Richards is wonderful. The overall impression of the film though that it is a 97 minute Weird Al video. If over an hour and a half long weird Al video is your idea of cinematic ecstasy then by all means buy this film. However, if you are looking for a smart comedy avoid this fill at all cost. Personally I like a good dumb comedy and that coupled with my nostalgia makes the purchase worthwhile. If you lack either you might not be so pleasant following you purchase.

Keep an eye out for Emo Philips though in his amazing part as a sedated shop teacher that segment alone is pure comedy.


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