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Stay Tuned (1992)

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A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish television set and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of shows they find themselves in.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Tom S. Parker (screenplay), Jim Jennewein (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Roy Knable
Pam Dawber ... Helen Knable
Jeffrey Jones ... Spike
David Tom ... Darryl Knable / Narrator
Heather McComb ... Diane Knable
Bob Dishy ... Murray Seidenbaum
Joyce Gordon ... Sarah Seidenbaum
Eugene Levy ... Crowley
Erik King ... Pierce
Don Calfa ... Wetzel
John Destry John Destry ... Sackler (as John Blackwell Destrey)
Susan Blommaert ... Ducker
Maurice Verkaar Maurice Verkaar ... Another Buyer
Ken Douglas Ken Douglas ... Skeletal Worker
Gerry Nairn Gerry Nairn ... Newscaster
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Storyline

The Knables are having marriage problems: Roy is a lousy plumbing supplies salesman by day and couch potato by night, and his wife, Helen, is a successful senior product manager for a vitamin company. Roy watches too much TV every night and Helen just cannot stand it. Then one night, Helen offers Roy a night to save their relationship: a romantic getaway without phones, their children, and especially no TV. Unfortunately, when Roy's hooked on the big screen, there's no going back. This frustrates and angers her and Helen decides to smash the family console with one of Roy's trophies as a wake-up call to reality. A heartbroken-to-disoriented Roy then hears the doorbell and finds out that it's a mysterious salesman named Spike who offers him the "ultimate getaway" from all the hate, frustration, and failures: a new remote controller and a new state-of-the-art satellite TV. Roy accepts the new TV by signing a free trial contract not knowing that he just sold his soul to the devil himself... Written by Artemis-9

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A comedy adventure. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some off-color humor and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ba Ma Bemanid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,736,401
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point while switching channels inside the Hell TV world, Roy (John Ritter) ends up on the set of Three's Company (1976). See more »

Goofs

When Daryl finally convinces his sister that their parents are trapped in the TV, there is a shot of him walking in front of a window, showing the satellite dish in the backyard. Just before the camera focuses on Daryl as he passes in front of the window, the boom mic is reflected in the top middle of the window. See more »

Quotes

TV Announcer: How did James Dean really die? Find out tonight on Autopsies Of The Rich And Famous.
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Jones' credit is in a different typeface to the rest of the credits. It is in a handwritten style. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Wayne's World (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Flower Song
(uncredited)
Music by Gustav Lange
[Plays during the cartoon sequence.]
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Ritter's Hell
5 January 2000 | by Jonah14See all my reviews

The funniest bit is probably Roy Knable being plopped into a certain Santa Monica three story house, tripping over a sofa, and being questioned by a certain blonde and brunette, "Where have you been?!" Is "Three's Company" John Ritter's personal Hell? Who knows, but it's a broad wink to the couch potatoes in the audience.


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