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UHF [1989] (1 disc)

Director:Jay Levey
Writer:'Weird Al' Yankovic
Jay Levey
Composer:John du Prez
Length:97 minutes
(1 hour 37 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:56%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A chronic loser ends up as the manager of a local UHF television station where he lets his imagination run wild.

Reaction: If you like farce and can stand ridiculousness, this movie has a lot to offer.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Jay Levey => Director / Writer / Gandhi (uncredited)
'Weird Al' Yankovic => Writer / George Newman
John du Prez => Composer
Charles Holloway => Writer 'Conan the Librarian' sketch
Anthony Geary => Philo
Barry 'Dr. Demento' Hansen => Whipped Cream Eater
Billy Barty => Noodles MacIntosh
David Bowe => Bob
David Proval => Head Thug
Emo Philips => Joe Earley
Fran Drescher => Pamela Finklestein
Francis M. Carlson => Blind Man
Gedde Watanabe => Kuni
Jim West => Band: Guitar
John Paragon => Richard Fletcher
Jon Schwartz => Band: Drums
Kevin McCarthy => R.J. Fletcher
Kim Bullard => Band: Keyboard
Lou B. Washington => Cameraman
Michael Richards => Stanley Spadowski
Nancy Johnson => Big Edna
Roger Callard => Conan the Librarian
Stanley Brock => Uncle Harvey
Steve Jay => Band: Bass Guitar
Trinidad Silva => Raul Hernandez
Vance Colvig Jr. => Bum
Victoria Jackson => Teri

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic offered Crispin Glover the role of Philo.
  • After loads of positive feedback from test screenings, Orion Pictures concluded UHF was their sure-fire summer blockbuster. Unfortunately, the film was released during the summer of 1989...against huge films like Lethal Weapon 2, Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. UHF was subsequently crushed at the box office.
  • Michael Richards improvised two scenes: where he tells the kids about his dream of being a bird; and the Corn Flakes commercial where he finds a toy man.
  • Philo is named after [?] Philo T. Farnsworth, one of several inventors of television.
  • Barry 'Dr. Demento' Hansen is the man eating whipped cream during the Channel 62 promo.
  • The film is dedicated to Trinidad Silva, who was killed by a drunk driver midway through production. Had he survived, the film would've explored/developed the character of 'Raul' a little better. Such as the fact that he was a postal worker/carrier, and would've shown a very funny scene involving the revenge of the flying-poodle 'Fifi,' who was un-mercifully thrown out of a 2-story-high window.
  • Although the character of "Stanley Spadowski" was written with Michael Richards in mind, Christopher Lloyd was also considered.
  • The role of Philo was originally written for Joel Hodgson, a friend of 'Weird Al' Yankovic's, and one of the minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • In one scene, George and Bob discuss TV lineups. One of the shows mentioned is [Volcano Worshippers Hour]. In high school, 'Weird Al' Yankovic started a "Volcano Worshippers" club just to get in the yearbook.