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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everybody wants to be on television. Just not this kind of television. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ba Ma Bemanid  »


Box Office

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the "nameboard" in the control room in Hell, there is an office message saying to remember that Tuesday is Saddam Hussein appreciation day. See more »


In the Gameshow segment, when they display the Napper-Crapper chair, the woman in the blue dress pulls out the little TV, and some feathers fall from her dress and land on the floor. In the next shot, the feathers are gone. See more »


Helen Knable: [to Roy] You wanted to live in a TV fantasy? Well, you got your wish.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the HVTV Fall Lineup is shown, including:
  • I Love Lucifer
  • The Golden Ghouls
  • Murder She Likes
  • David Dukes of Hazard
  • Facts of Life Support
  • Beverly Hills, 90666
  • Fresh Prince of Darkness
  • Unmarried with Children
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References Blazing Saddles (1974) See more »


Start Me Up
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa
Courtesy of Next Plateau Records
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A surprising piece of entertainment.
22 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I stumbled upon this movie while channel flipping, ironically enough. I thought that the film was very well done, with just enough cheesy humor to keep me groaning and laughing. The jewels of the film were found in it's references and TV jokes. Some humor at actor Ritter's expense gives the impression that movie is making fun of itself. Jeffery Jones plays an excellent role, further showing off the actor's versatility. What the film lacked in plot, it made up for in originality. The highlight of the film is a cartoon segment done by the legendary Chuck Jones, parodying the Tom and Jerry clichés we all grew up with. All in all, a funny if not cheesy film, definitely worth watching.

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