UHF (released internationally as The Vidiot from UHF) is a 1989 American comedy film starring "Weird Al" Yankovic, David Bowe, Fran Drescher, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, Gedde Watanabe, Billy Barty, Anthony Geary, Emo Philips and Trinidad Silva; the film is dedicated to Silva, who died shortly after principal filming. The film was directed by Jay Levey, Yankovic's manager, who also co-wrote the screenplay with him. The film was originally released by Orion Pictures and is currently owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
George Newman's uncle Harvey wins the deed to Channel 62, a nearly bankrupt UHF television station, in a poker game, and puts George in charge. George and his friend Bob struggle for ratings with its lineup of reruns. A package is mis-delivered to the station, meant for RJ Fletcher, the CEO of their competitor - VHF station Channel 8. When George delivers the package and introduces himself, RJ attempts to fire George for stealing his mail. On being told George doesn't work there RJ threatens to call the police unless he leaves. Outside, George runs into Stanley, a janitor unfairly fired by RJ and offers him a job at Channel 62.
|author||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
|editor||Dennis M. O'Connor|
|keywords||broadcast signal intrusion end fcc federal communications commission file hijack poker game publicly owned rat state ownership steal telethon television station uhf ultra-high frequency vhf|
|musicBy||John Du Prez|
|producer||John W. Hyde|
|theme||independent parody slapstick|