Making Of...
Making Of...

UHF Behind The Scenes

AKA:
UHF Picture
1989
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1989 Comedy movie starring 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy et al.
Contributed by: Bob Morris
The Beverly Hillbillies song parody in the movie was originally supposed to be a parody of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" but Prince would not give Weird Al permission to do the parody, thus Weird Al got permission from Dire Straits to parody "Money For Nothing" instead. Also, Mark Knopfler, who is Dire Straits' lead guitarist and vocalist, played the guitar on Al's song parody.
Trinidad Silva, the actor who played Raul, had a recurring role on "Hill Street Blues" and made an appearance in the drama "The Milagro Beanfield War". Sadly, midway through the filming of this movie, Silva was killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run. Not all of his scenes were completed. If he survived, we would have seen that Raul was a postal carrier and we would've seen the poodles' revenge as well.
Contributed by: Bill Kemmler
Michael Richards had a dentist friend of his in London make his Stanley Spadowski teeth.
Contributed by: Bill Kemmler
Originally, the celebrity for celebrity mud wrestling was to be a Henry Kissenger lookalike, but they got a Mikhail Gorbachev one instead.
Contributed by: Bill Kemmler
Originally, the ballad of Jed Clampett video was to feature a Beddy Ebson lookalike, but he didn't look very much alike!
Actresses who auditioned for the role of Teri included Jennifer Tilly and Ellen DeGeneres.
Contributed by: Adam Jaspering
Weird Al wrote the role of 'Philo' in UHF especially for Joel Hodgson of "Mystery Science Theater 3000". Joel didn't take the role because at the time of the filming, he was overwhelmingly involved in the production of the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 at KTMA, a UHF station in Minneapolis.
Crispin Glover was asked to play Emo Phillips' role, but the ever-wacky actor instead wanted to play the car dealer who would "club a seal to give you a better deal"
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Deleted Scenes
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Alternate Versions
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Many scenes were deleted, but can be found on MGM's DVD of this movie, including: -A romance scene between George and Teri. -A song by the Kipper Kids (the twins with odd make-up in the "Save Our Station" scenes) -A bizzare interaction between Teri and Philo (the scientist played by Anthony Geary...yes, Luke from "General Hospital") -A TV show called "Those Darn Homos" (rejected by Orion because of homophobic overtones) -Pamela talking to her dad, trying to get a donation. -Stanley playing with whipped cream in one scene, and a watermelon in another.
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