History Trivia / UHF

1st May '18 4:38:30 PM costanton11
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** They also considered Joel Hodgson as Philo, as at the time of the film, Hodgson had developed a comedy routine about his homemade inventions. Hodgson declined the role, though later would build out his comedy routine into ''Main/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.

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** They also considered Joel Hodgson as Philo, as at the time of the film, Hodgson had developed a comedy routine about his homemade inventions. Hodgson declined the role, though later would build out his comedy routine into ''Main/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
14th Apr '18 8:45:10 PM DragonQuestZ
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Inverted - Dialogue implies that the film takes place somewhere in California, but it was actually filmed in Oklahoma.
21st Feb '18 4:21:13 AM MCanter89
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* AluminumChristmasTrees / ScienceMarchesOn: An interesting tidbit in the very beginning at Big Edna's. You can see a sign in the background saying that they cook all of their meat "medium with a pink center unless otherwise specified". While commonly mistaken by today's viewers as a joke, that actually was the standard in which hamburgers were cooked in 1989. The current standard of all meat being cooked well done unless otherwise specified and menus warning against eating undercooked meats are results of changes the [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Clinton administration]] made to FDA guidelines following the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Jack_in_the_Box_E._coli_outbreak 1993 Jack in the Box E.coli outbreak]].

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* AluminumChristmasTrees / ScienceMarchesOn: AluminumChristmasTrees[=/=]ScienceMarchesOn: An interesting tidbit in the very beginning at Big Edna's. You can see a sign in the background saying that they cook all of their meat "medium with a pink center unless otherwise specified". While commonly mistaken by today's viewers as a joke, that actually was the standard in which hamburgers were cooked in 1989. The current standard of all meat being cooked well done unless otherwise specified and menus warning against eating undercooked meats are results of changes the [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Clinton administration]] made to FDA guidelines following the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Jack_in_the_Box_E._coli_outbreak 1993 Jack in the Box E.coli outbreak]].



* CreatorKiller: Often used as a scapegoat for Creator/OrionPictures's demise. After years of box-office flops, Orion heralded it as its savior. It didn't work, and within two years, the studio went bankrupt. The executives brought it on themselves by pitting it against ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'', ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/DoTheRightThing'', ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', and, oh yeah, Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', and they probably wished to save face for this scheduling blunder as much as possible. The Orion title would eventually be quietly revived through MGM in TheNewTens with ''Paternity Court'' and ''Fort Tilden.''

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* CreatorKiller: Often used as a scapegoat for Creator/OrionPictures's demise. After years of box-office flops, Orion heralded it as its savior. It didn't work, and within two years, the studio went bankrupt. The executives brought it on themselves by pitting it against ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'', ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/DoTheRightThing'', ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', and, oh yeah, Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', and they probably wished to save face for this scheduling blunder as much as possible. The Orion title would eventually be quietly revived through MGM in TheNewTens with ''Paternity Court'' and ''Fort Tilden.''Tilden''.



** Remember the scene where R.J. discovers that his office has been wrecked and his {{Mook}}s disarmed, and he starts to make this really weird face before the camera quick cuts to Stanley outside the U62 building? Turns out there's a reason for the face: [[TheScream he originally ended up screaming.]] For some reason, that part was cut from the movie, though oddly enough it ended up in the theatrical trailer as part of a montage of screams.
** There was a whole subplot concerning the thugs. The Head Thug was deathly afraid of insects & other creepy crawlies. Later on, after Stanley's rescue, they attempt to steal the telethon money (stored in a suitcase). However, they accidentally grab a look-a-like suitcase that appears identical...containing Philo's bug collection. Back on the highway, [[spoiler:Head Thug opens the case, full of massive & still very much alive roaches & beetles, and totally freaks out...causing the car to careen off a bridge and kill them all!]]
** In a cut scene, when George & Bob first arrive, U-62 has a news anchor named Fred Parker who clearly has anger issues and has had it with his job. During his newscast, he's reporting about the City Hall/budget cuts situation (later shown in the movie with Pamela & Noodles) when the camera guy, who's been noisily eating potato chips, let's out a huge belch. Cue nutty newsguy violently turning over his desk, "I HAVE HAD IT!!!". Pamela finally gets her much-wanted news position...which, of course, ''really is her forté.''

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** Remember the scene where R.J. discovers that his office has been wrecked and his {{Mook}}s {{Mooks}} disarmed, and he starts to make this really weird face before the camera quick cuts to Stanley outside the U62 building? Turns out there's a reason for the face: [[TheScream he originally ended up screaming.]] screaming]]. For some reason, that part was cut from the movie, though oddly enough it ended up in the theatrical trailer as part of a montage of screams.
** There was a whole subplot concerning the thugs. The Head Thug was deathly afraid of insects & and other creepy crawlies. Later on, after Stanley's rescue, they attempt to steal the telethon money (stored in a suitcase). However, they accidentally grab a look-a-like suitcase that appears identical... containing Philo's bug collection. Back on the highway, [[spoiler:Head Thug opens the case, full of massive & still very much alive roaches & beetles, and totally freaks out... causing the car to careen off a bridge and kill them all!]]
** In a cut scene, when George & Bob first arrive, U-62 has a news anchor named Fred Parker who clearly has anger issues and has had it with his job. During his newscast, he's reporting about the City Hall/budget cuts situation (later shown in the movie with Pamela & Noodles) when the camera guy, who's been noisily eating potato chips, let's out a huge belch. Cue nutty newsguy violently turning over his desk, "I HAVE HAD IT!!!". Pamela finally gets her much-wanted news position... which, of course, ''really is her forté.''



* DVDCommentary: One of the best ever. Largely consists of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' style riffing (and cameos from Creator/EmoPhillips, Michael Richards and Victoria Jackson (via phone for the latter). Al demostrates his very impressive memory by rattling off the exact dates and locations of several scenes.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Bobbo the Clown's unenthusiastic demeanor after being hit with the frying pan was genuine, as Al actually hit David Bowe in the face with a frying pan for the scene (albeit unintentionally). Bowe was taken aback, angry and in pain as a result of the mishap and if you look closely during the scene when George is feeding him dog treats, you can see that his lower lip is bleeding.

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* DVDCommentary: One of the best ever. Largely consists of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' style MST3K]]''-style riffing (and cameos from Creator/EmoPhillips, Michael Richards Richards, and Victoria Jackson (via [via phone for the latter).latter]). Al demostrates his very impressive memory by rattling off the exact dates and locations of several scenes.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Bobbo the Clown's unenthusiastic demeanor after being hit with the frying pan was genuine, as Al actually hit David Bowe in the face with a frying pan for the scene (albeit unintentionally). Bowe was taken aback, angry and in pain as a result of the mishap mishap, and if you look closely during the scene when George is feeding him dog treats, you can see that his lower lip is bleeding.



* FanNickname: Know in some circles as simply "The Weird Al Movie," as it was Al's only major role in a motion picture.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Aside from one action sequence, Michael Richards' part is entirely ad libbed because "it was funnier than anything we could write".
* MarketBasedTitle: Since the concept of UHF stations are not commonly known overseas, they asked Al for an alternate title. He suggested "The Vidiot", or "Vidiots". The film was then released in some countries, much to Al's chagrin, as "The Vidiot From UHF", succeeding only in transforming an incomprehensible title to a terrible one. The Latin-American Spanish dub is known as "Los Telelocos" ("The TV Crazies" in English)[[note]]Which seems to be a fairly common practice, with ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' being renamed ''Los locos del [=Golf=]'' (''The Golf Crazies''), and ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' being renamed ''Locademia de Policia'' (''Crazy Academy of Police'').[[/note]] and the French one as "Télé Ringards" ("TV Dorks" in English).

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* FanNickname: Know Known in some circles as simply "The Weird Al Movie," as it was Al's only major role in a motion picture.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Aside from one action sequence, Michael Richards' Richards's part is entirely ad libbed because "it was funnier than anything we could write".
* MarketBasedTitle: Since the concept of UHF stations are not commonly known overseas, they asked Al for an alternate title. He suggested "The Vidiot", Vidiot," or "Vidiots". "Vidiots." The film was then released in some countries, much to Al's chagrin, as "The Vidiot From UHF", UHF," succeeding only in transforming an incomprehensible title to a terrible one. The Latin-American Spanish dub is known as "Los Telelocos" ("The TV Crazies" in English)[[note]]Which seems to be a fairly common practice, with ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' being renamed ''Los locos del [=Golf=]'' Golf'' (''The Golf Crazies''), and ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' being renamed ''Locademia de Policia'' (''Crazy Academy of Police'').[[/note]] and the French one as "Télé Ringards" ("TV Dorks" in English).



* Main/NamesTheSame: The main duo, George and Bob, share their names with the stars of the Megaman sprite comic Webcomic/BobAndGeorge

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* Main/NamesTheSame: The main duo, George and Bob, share their names with the stars of the Megaman sprite comic Webcomic/BobAndGeorgeWebcomic/BobAndGeorge.



* OrphanedReference: The reason ''Raul's Wild Kingdom'' randomly shows up on U62 without any input from George or Bob was due to Trinidad Silvia's afore-mentioned death during production. Originally, Raul was the mailman who delivered RJ Fletcher's package to U62, creating a running theme that George would give a TV show to anyone who was nice to him.

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* OrphanedReference: The reason ''Raul's Wild Kingdom'' randomly shows up on U62 without any input from George or Bob was due to Trinidad Silvia's afore-mentioned aforementioned death during production. Originally, Raul was the mailman who delivered RJ Fletcher's package to U62, creating a running theme that George would give a TV show to anyone who was nice to him.



* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the [[BigBad Sinclair Broadcast Group]], a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are ''far'' worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.
* ThrowItIn

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* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the [[BigBad Sinclair Broadcast Group]], a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' its loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' its many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are ''far'' worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.
* ThrowItInThrowItIn:



** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s who don't know the references. Like the the ''Town Talk'' promo, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Ernie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.
** The "UHF" song/music video is modeled after those 2-to-3 minute long fall promo campaigns the Big 3/Big 4 networks used to make every year throughout the 80s and most of the 90s; these went out of fashion by the 2000s and networks rarely even use a slogan, let along making gigantic promos where practically every actor, commentator, anchor or cartoon character they have interact with each other. (Stanley going "Be there! Huh, yeah." at the end of the U-62 promo is specifically a parody of Creator/{{NBC}}'s 1983 ''Be There'' promo campaign, where stars of their shows would tell you that at the end of promos; this carried on through 1985 as ''Let's All Be There'' and the promo style carried on through 1987.)

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** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s '80s who don't know the references. Like the the ''Town Talk'' promo, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Ernie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.
** The "UHF" song/music video is modeled after those 2-to-3 minute long fall promo campaigns the Big 3/Big 4 networks used to make every year throughout the 80s '80s and most of the 90s; '90s; these went out of fashion by the 2000s 2000s, and networks rarely even use a slogan, let along making gigantic promos where practically every actor, commentator, anchor anchor, or cartoon character they have interact with each other. (Stanley going "Be there! Huh, yeah." at the end of the U-62 promo is specifically a parody of Creator/{{NBC}}'s 1983 ''Be There'' promo campaign, where stars of their shows would tell you that at the end of promos; this carried on through 1985 as ''Let's All Be There'' and the promo style carried on through 1987.) )



** The ''[[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Beverly Hillbillies]]''-themed parody was going to be a spoof of "Let's Go Crazy" by Music/{{Prince}}. Sadly, the Purple One was never a fan of Al's and denied him permission. Al eventually did a sound-alike of the Prince song, "Traffic Jam," for his ''Alapalooza'' album.

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** The ''[[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Beverly Hillbillies]]''-themed Hillbillies]]''–themed parody was going to be a spoof of "Let's Go Crazy" by Music/{{Prince}}. Sadly, the Purple One was never a fan of Al's and denied him permission. Al eventually did a sound-alike of the Prince song, "Traffic Jam," for his ''Alapalooza'' album.



* VindicatedByCable: Ironically, it might have done better at the box office had Orion Pictures not been so excited by how well it performed at test screenings. They gave it a summer 1989 release that placed it amongst films like ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' and so on. Lost in the shuffle, it found its audience through its subsequent video release and TV airings.

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* VindicatedByCable: Ironically, it might have done better at the box office had Orion Pictures not been so excited by how well it performed at test screenings. They gave it a summer 1989 release that placed it amongst films like ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', and so on. Lost in the shuffle, it found its audience through its subsequent video release and TV airings.



** It was one of the top rentals after its release on VHS, and became a #1 seller when it was released on DVD.

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** It was one of the top rentals after its release on VHS, and became a #1 seller when it was released on DVD.DVD.
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18th Feb '18 11:15:54 AM SpukiKitty
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** It also doesn't help that practically [[CriticalDissonance every critic of note trashed the thing]].
15th Jan '18 8:47:01 AM themisterfree
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* PropRecycling: The producers struck a deal with KOED (OETA/PBS in Tulsa) to build a news set in their studio. The Tulsa network used the set for their own broadcasts for a couple years afterward.

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* PropRecycling: The producers struck a deal with KOED (OETA/PBS (the OETA/PBS station in Tulsa) to build a news set in their studio. The Tulsa network used the set for their own broadcasts for a couple years afterward.



* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are likely far worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the [[BigBad Sinclair Broadcast Group, Group]], a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are likely far ''far'' worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.



** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s who don't know the references. Like the the Town Talk commercial, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Eddie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.

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** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s who don't know the references. Like the the Town Talk commercial, ''Town Talk'' promo, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Eddie]] Ernie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.seal.
** The "UHF" song/music video is modeled after those 2-to-3 minute long fall promo campaigns the Big 3/Big 4 networks used to make every year throughout the 80s and most of the 90s; these went out of fashion by the 2000s and networks rarely even use a slogan, let along making gigantic promos where practically every actor, commentator, anchor or cartoon character they have interact with each other. (Stanley going "Be there! Huh, yeah." at the end of the U-62 promo is specifically a parody of Creator/{{NBC}}'s 1983 ''Be There'' promo campaign, where stars of their shows would tell you that at the end of promos; this carried on through 1985 as ''Let's All Be There'' and the promo style carried on through 1987.)
13th Jan '18 7:31:03 PM themisterfree
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* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are likely far worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.



** The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe was showing off his talent to Al while hanging out at the Kraft Services table.

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** The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe was showing off his talent to Al while hanging out at the Kraft Services craft services table.
13th Jan '18 6:58:09 PM themisterfree
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** To their credit, though, Orion thought it was a good idea to have a parody of trash TV, resulting in the hilarious "Town Talk" promo.
4th Jan '18 6:56:54 PM CheeseDogX
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Younger viewers probably have no idea what the film's title even means, since things like VHF/UHF are obsolete in this day and age. The closest equivalent in TheNewTens would have the characters running a popular Youtube channel or similar.
** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s who don't know the references. Like the the Town Talk commercial, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Eddie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.
4th Jan '18 6:37:26 PM CheeseDogX
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* RealLifeRelative: In the scene where the boy finds a marble in a sandbox filled with oatmeal, the other two people in the sandbox are Weird Al's parents.
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* OneBookAuthor: While both Al and Jay Levey's careers as a musician and a manager, respectively, remain in tact to this day, it remains both Al's only staring role in a feature film and Levey's only feature directorial effort.
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