UHF

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UHF is bizarre, freewheeling, and spotty, though its anarchic spirit cannot be denied.

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When a desperate UHF station gives the seriously odd George the job of manager, he proves to be a programming genius, turning the station around -- and attracting the attention of an unscrupulous competitor. This comedy focuses most of its creative attention on numerous bizarre television parodies featured throughout.

Cast

Weird Al Yankovic
as George Newman
Kevin McCarthy
as R.J. Fletcher
Michael Richards
as Stanley Spadowski
Stanley Brock
as Uncle Harvey
Trinidad Silva
as Raul Hernandez
Billy Barty
as Noodles
John Paragon
as Richard Fletcher
Fran Drescher
as Pamela Finklestein
Sue Ane Langdon
as Aunt Esther
David Proval
as Head Thug
Grant James
as Killer Thug
Emo Philips
as Joe Earley
Jay Levey
as Gandhi
Nik Hagler
as FCC Man
Eldon G. Hallum
as Spatula Husband
Harry Kipper
as Kipper Kid
Sherry Engstrom
as Spatula Wife
Sara Allen
as Spatula Neighbor
Bob Hungerford
as Sy Greenblum
John Cadenhead
as Crazy Ernie
Robert K. Weiss
as Bartender
Ivan Green
as Earl Ramsey
Adam Maras
as Joel Miller
Joseph Witt
as Little Weasel
Tony Frank
as Teri's Father
Billie Lee Thrash
as Teri's Mother
Lisa R. Stefanic
as Phyllis Weaver
Nancy Johnson
as Big Edna
Wilma Jeanne Cummins
as Little Old Lady
Cliff Stephens
as Animal Deliveryman
Dr. Demento
as Whipped Cream Eater
Roger Callard
as Conan the Librarian
Robert Frank
as Timid Man
Jeff Maynard
as Boy with Books
Barry Friedman
as Fletcher Cronie #1
Kevin Roden
as Fletcher Cronie #2
Bob Maras
as Thug #3
George Fisher
as Thug #4, Thug
Tony Salome
as Guide #1
Joe Restivo
as Guide #2
Belinda Bauer
as Mud Wrestler
Lori Wagner
as Mud Wrestler
M.G. Kelly
as Promo Announcer (voice)
Jay Gardner
as Promo Announcer (voice)
John Harlan
as Promo Announcer (voice)
Jim Rose
as Promo Announcer (voice)
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Critic Reviews for UHF

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9)

Audience Reviews for UHF

  • Dec 23, 2019
    While there are a couple of portions that're worth your time, mostly this is a test of endurance to see just how much moronic behavior you're willing to tolerate as your IQ slowly drips from your ears. Michael Richards' spastic routine takes up an unbearable amount of screen time. Fran Drescher and Victoria Jackson are criminally under-utilized, and only Kevin McCarthy earns his keep. Pass, unless you desire a cursory look at the zeitgeist of the times, or some sembleance of that.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2013
    From the master of parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic, comes the brilliantly hilarious cult comedy UHF. When George Newman becomes the manager of a fly by night UHF television station his unique programming ends up turning it into the number one station in town. The writing is very good, featuring clever parodies of Indiana Jones, Rambo, Network, Conan, Gandhi, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Starring Michael Richards, Fran Drescher, Victoria Jackson, and Billy Barty, the film has some great comedic talent. And in addition to writing and starring, "Weird Al" contributes several songs to the soundtrack. One of the best parody films ever made, UHF is wildly entertaining and full of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Weird Al has much better musical parody ideas than for film, but offers a couple laughs here & there. First place I ever saw Michael Richards who plays a slow janitor with a deep emotional attachment to his blue-handled mop, I still remember & chuckle over the moment where he retrieves it from the bad guys and swings it back & forth with the sound effects of a lightsaber.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2010
    goofy and very hysterical, you have to be in the right mood to watch it because its so silly, but hey that's Weird al in a nutshell
    Michael E Super Reviewer

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