History Trivia / UHF

7th Oct '16 8:40:21 AM DocProfessor
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* Main/NamesTheSame: The main duo, George and Bob, share their names with the stars of the Megaman sprite comic Webcomic/BobAndGeorge
24th Aug '16 6:49:57 AM themisterfree
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 his own UHF-based program]]. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Ernie, the car salesman who clubs seals. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Eddie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 his own UHF-based program]]. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Ernie, the car salesman who clubs seals. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Eddie Ernie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.



** [[Series/TooCloseForComfort Jim J. Bullock]] was originally cast as RJ's son Richard, but he dropped out (possibly due to his status as a regular on ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares The New Hollywood Squares]]'', also an Orion production), so they had John Paragon take over (he'd auditioned for other roles, including RJ).

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** [[Series/TooCloseForComfort Jim J. Bullock]] was originally cast as RJ's son Richard, but he dropped out (possibly due to his status as a regular on ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares The New Hollywood Squares]]'', also an Orion production), so they had [[Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse John Paragon Paragon]] take over (he'd auditioned for other roles, including RJ).
24th Aug '16 6:47:58 AM themisterfree
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 his own UHF-based program]]. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Eddie. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Eddie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 his own UHF-based program]]. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Eddie.Ernie, the car salesman who clubs seals. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Eddie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.


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** [[Series/TooCloseForComfort Jim J. Bullock]] was originally cast as RJ's son Richard, but he dropped out (possibly due to his status as a regular on ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares The New Hollywood Squares]]'', also an Orion production), so they had John Paragon take over (he'd auditioned for other roles, including RJ).


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** Creator/EllenDeGeneres and Creator/JenniferTilly both auditioned for the role of Teri.
** Other actors who didn't get in included [[Series/LostInSpace Bill Mumy]], [[Series/TheAddamsFamily John Astin]] and [[Film/PoliceAcademy G.W. Bailey]].
12th Aug '16 7:04:13 PM NWolfman
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: According to Al, whenever Kevin McCarthy broke character as the ruthless slime ball R.J. Fletcher, the two of them would howl with laughter together.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: According to Al, whenever Kevin McCarthy [=McCarthy=] broke character as the ruthless slime ball R.J. Fletcher, the two of them would howl with laughter together.
12th Aug '16 7:02:50 PM NWolfman
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* BigNameFan: Music/TomLehrer, one of Al's biggest influences, is a huge fan of the film, citing Fletcher's like "People like [Stanley] should be put to sleep" as his favorite quote.

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* BigNameFan: Music/TomLehrer, one of Al's biggest influences, is a huge fan of the film, citing Fletcher's like line "People like [Stanley] should be put to sleep" as his favorite quote.favorite.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: According to Al, whenever Kevin McCarthy broke character as the ruthless slime ball R.J. Fletcher, the two of them would howl with laughter together.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Eddie. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Eddie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 his own UHF-based program]]. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Eddie. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Eddie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.
10th Aug '16 8:44:51 PM NWolfman
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* BigNameFan: Music/TomLehrer, one of Al's biggest influences, is a huge fan of the film, citing Fletcher's like "People like [Stanley] should be put to sleep" as his favorite quote.
5th Jul '16 11:14:23 PM Green_lantern40
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* 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).
** CompletelyDifferentTitle: It had quite a plethora of foreign language titles in general; In Hungary it was released as ''Az őrület hullámhosszán'', loosely translated as ''Wavelength of Madness''. In Finland it was titled ''Kaapelit irti!'', or ''Cable, Go!''. In Norway it was ''Lufta er for alle'' (''Air for Everyone''), the Greece release had the mouthful of a title ''Ο πιο κουφος σταθμος στην πολη'' (''The Most Wacky Station in the City''), and Germany added a [[TheForeignSubtitle subtitle]] of ''Sender mit beschränkter Hoffnung'' (''Broadcast of Limited Hope'').
5th Jul '16 10:53:47 PM Green_lantern40
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* CensorDecoy: According to [[WordOfGod Jay Levey]], a planned promo for "Those Darn Homos" was included in the script on the (correct) assumption that the suits at Orion would make them take it out.

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* CensorDecoy: According to [[WordOfGod Jay Levey]], a planned promo for "Those Darn Homos" was included in the script on the (correct) assumption that the suits at Orion would make them take it out. It can be seen among Al's collection of deleted scenes on the DVD.
24th Apr '16 4:18:04 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** The cast includes Michael Richards and Fran Drescher before either was well known, though, prior to this movie, Michael Richards was a cast member on the ABC sketch show ''Fridays'', one of many sketch shows made as competition for NBC's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (and, according to many fans and TV historians, the only one that would have been a perfect replacement for ''SNL'' had ABC not [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed with its timeslot]] and ''SNL'' not have recovered from having Jean Doumanian as a showrunner).
** David Proval from ''Series/TheSopranos'' is one of the kidnappers of Stanley.
** And the guy from ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' now owns a network affiliate.
** Fletcher's son Richard is Jambi and Pterri from ''Series/ThePeeWeeHermanShow'' and ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
** And Kuni once [[Film/SixteenCandles crashed your auto-mobile]] and played Hiroshi on ''Series/SesameStreet''!
** Teri is Victoria Jackson from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s second GoldenAge (from 1986 to around the early 1990s) which included PhilHartman and Dana Carvey; much later, she was the comic relief in, of all series, ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.
** Plus, Joe Early runs shop at the local high school but isn't all that [[Creator/EmoPhillips emotional]]. (cue rim-shot)
** [[VideoGame/DeusEx Bob Page]] is an animal deliveryman.
** [[Series/GeneralHospital Luke Spencer]] is now a kooky chief engineer.
16th Mar '16 3:31:13 PM EBsessed
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Ernie. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Ernie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Philo was originally written for Al's friend Joel Hodgson, but he was busy working on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Yankovic and Levey then offered the role to Crispin Glover. Glover, however, only wanted to play Crazy Ernie. Eddie. Neither Yankovic nor Levey felt that Crazy Ernie Eddie was right for Glover, so they passed on him.
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