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Open Season (1995)

R | | Comedy | 3 May 1996 (USA)
When the television ratings machines suddenly malfunction, public television suddenly, but mistakenly, soars to #1 in this humorous satire.

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Robert Wuhl

Writer:

Robert Wuhl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Adams ... Scarface
Robert Wuhl ... Stuart Sain
Eric Bryson ... Stunts
Marcy King Marcy King ... Nun / Spoon Nettles
Rick Forsayeth ... Hunk Cop
Barry Flatman ... Kerwin Keesler
Timothy Arrington Timothy Arrington ... Herbert Goodfellow
Gailard Sartain ... George Plunkett
Rod Taylor ... Billy Patrick
Elizabeth Goodyear Elizabeth Goodyear ... Reporter #1
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Reporter #2
Frank Moore ... Reporter #3
Dolores Toth Dolores Toth ... Lady #1
Marilyn Boyle Marilyn Boyle ... Lady #2
Faye Deabreu Faye Deabreu ... Lady #3
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Storyline

An ex-employee of the TV ratings company goes to work at the Public Broadcasting Television studio (PBT) when suddenly the computer that determines ratings has a malfunction so that it inaccuratly reports a sudden trend from the normal violence, sex and gore on network television to the artsy PBT shows. Written by Steven Hunter <hunters@coral.indstate.edu>

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Comedy

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Káosz tévé See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,233, 5 May 1996

Gross USA:

$9,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,481
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Feature directorial debut for actor Robert Wuhl. See more »

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Wildly mediocre satire
26 August 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Robert Wuhl writes, directs and stars in this limp satire of the television industry. Wuhl works for the major television ratings company, but when he is denied a promotion, he jumps ship to work for Helen Shaver, the manager of a public television network. Wuhl is not particularly good at his job, but a malfunction in the ratings boxes makes it look like he is when public television seems to be coming up as the top rated network. This causes chaos at the former number one network, a sleazy, pandering operation programmed by Rod Taylor. All of the targets for satire here are super obvious, and none of it transcends the most superficial level. The owner of a network thinks winning makes his dick bigger. Ha ha ha ... hilarious. This is an okay waste of an hour and a half, but it's never really better than mildly amusing.


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