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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Knable
... Helen Knable
... Spike
... Darryl Knable / Narrator
... Diane Knable
... Murray Seidenbaum
... Sarah Seidenbaum
... Crowley
... Pierce
... Wetzel
John Destry ... Sackler (as John Blackwell Destrey)
... Ducker
Maurice Verkaar ... Another Buyer
Ken Douglas ... Skeletal Worker
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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The Knables signed up for a cable system that's out of this world. See more »


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

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14 August 1992 (USA)  »

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Ba Ma Bemanid  »

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$10,736,401
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2.39 : 1
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Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were offered cameos as Duane and Garf on "Duane's Underworld". They passed because they were busy with production on Wayne's World (1992) at the time. In Wayne's World 2 Bobby calls Wayne Dwayne (Duane). See more »

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When Daryl is about to be sucked in to the satellite, a pair of hands can be seen holding him in the air. See more »

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French Soldier: I would have given you chocolates.
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Chuck Jones' credit is in a different typeface to the rest of the credits. It is in a handwritten style. See more »

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Spoofs Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Performed by Auto & Cherokee
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
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Silly, but ultimately satisfying TV spoof.
1 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Stay Tuned" introduces us to the depressing world of Roy Knable, a man whom lives for television. When his wife Helen tosses a bowling trophy through the TV set in a desperate attempt to gain her husband's attention, he finds himself in the market for a replacement set... and thats where "Spike" comes in. Spike seems to be simply a pushy cable tv salesman, until we see that Spike works for the Devil himself!

Soon Roy and Helen find themselves sucked into the world of bad cable tv, filled with bizarre spoofs of Wayne's World, Driving Miss Daisy, MTV, 1940's black and white mystery movies, stereotypical westerns, and so on. The catch? They must stay alive for 24 hours, at which point they are allowed to come back to Earth. If they die in that time frame, their souls are doomed to hell forever.

As Roy and Helen, John Ritter and Paw Dawber are the perfect real-life sitcom graduates to play the suffering couple. Along the way, they deal with Spike (played by Jeffrey Jones - best known as Principal Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") dogging their every move, and they make friends with Eugene Levy, as a demon executive cast off into the TV dimension by a threatened Spike.

Although the TV parodies skirt the line between wildly funny and clever, and dull and uninspired, the performances from the excellent cast make this better than it probably should be. The Underworld Wrestling Foundation sequence seems like it could have inspired MTV's current pop-culture parody, "Celebrity Deathmatch". And be sure to pay close attention to the animated "Robocat" sequence, directed by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, and featuring styles and motifs borrowed from Warner Bros classics, and Tom & Jerry shorts.

"Stay Tuned" is a funny film that although somewhat dated now, still manages to provide a wild ride.

Oh yeah, there IS a quick scene involving the sitcom that John Ritter is best known for, and it's one of the funniest moments in the film. Don't blink, or you may miss it! :^)


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