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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

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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A comedy adventure on the wrong side of the screen. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Ba Ma Bemanid  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,736,401
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

All the shows shown on HVTV the Knables either watched or were in:
  • Three Men and Rosemary's Baby
  • Sadistic Hidden Videos
  • You Can't Win
  • Underworld Wrestling League
  • Autopsies of the Rich and Famous
  • Max Hell (commercial)
  • Northern Overexposure
  • Thirty Something To Life
  • The Silencer of the Lambs (commercial. Silence of the Pets sold separately)
  • Meet The Mansons
  • Unnamed cartoon
  • Different Strokes
  • My Three Sons of Bitches
  • Saturday Nite Dead - Duane's World sketch
  • Roy Knable: Private Dick
  • The Exorcisist
  • Yogi Beer (commercial)
  • Home Shoplifting Channel
  • Off With His Head
  • Unnamed western themed show (both 3:10 to Yuma and Clint Eastwood's The Man With No Name are referenced)
  • HV ONE News
  • Star Trek - The Next Generation spoof
  • Unnamed car commercial featuring Roy as a crash test dummy
  • Hockey Game: Angels vs. Devils
  • Driving Over Miss Daisy
  • Three's Company spoof
  • Unnamed medieval period show
  • H:TV Start Me Up (Salt N Pepa music video)
  • Fall TV Lineup (shown during ending credits)
  • Beverly Hills 90666
  • I Love Lucifer
  • The Golden Ghouls
  • Murder She Likes
  • Facts of Life Support
  • Fresh Prince of Darkness
  • Unmarried With Children
  • David Dukes of Hazard
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Goofs

The width of Spike's remote changes right after he zaps Crowley into the television. See more »

Quotes

TV Announcer: Welcome to Northern Overexposure, the story of a young doctor from New York who comes to Alaska, complains about everything, and freezes to death.
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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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Connections

Spoofs Terminator 2 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Start Me Up
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa
Courtesy of Next Plateau Records
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Yes, The Devil Made Me Watch This!
2 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was a clever and funny movie, much better than I anticipated. Most of the humor involves takeoff or parodies of television programs and movies. Being familiar with most of them, I enjoyed the humor. The takeoff involved having the devil take charge of some of these programs.

John Ritter and Pam Dawber play husband-and-wife "Roy and Helen Knable" who get sucked into buying a TV dish package straight from The Devil. After the purchase, which comes complete with 666 channels, mayhem ensues. There were a number of spots in here I just laughed out loud. Knowing a lot of the TV programs that were being spoofed helps a lot, of course, but there is a lot of good material in this film. The special-effects were pretty good, too, especially for a film that really never got a lot of exposure nor, I assume, had a huge budget.

Jeffrey Jones and Eugene Levy, two guys who are usually pretty funny, supply some good humor here, too. I looked at this strictly for laughs even though I know the devil is somebody to take seriously, but this film was anything but played for seriousness. As a bonus, we even got a Chuck Jones cartoon in the middle of the story.

This is one wacky movie and I'd like to see it on widescreen DVD. I last saw it on tape. This is recommended to those who enjoy dark humor.


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