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Made for cable television, The Ratings Game was directed by Danny DeVito, who co-starred in the film with his wife Rhea Perlman. DeVito plays the owner of a New Jersey trucking firm who yearns for a televison career. He offers several TV-series ideas to a receptive network programming head. On the verge of being fired, the network exec decides to have his revenge on his ex-bosses by selecting the very worst of DeVito's concepts. The "born to fail" series becomes a hit, and soon DeVito is the hottest programmer in the industry! More truthful than many of us are willing to admit, The Ratings Game premiered with astonishingly little fanfare over The Movie Channel cable service on December 15, 1984.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2016
UPC: 0887090123211
Original Release: 1984
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 77,659

Special Features

Collection of rare short films directed by Danny DeVito; "The Selling of Vince D'Angelo"; "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening"; "The Sound Sleeper"; "Minestrone"; Behind the scenes featurette; Funny deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny DeVito Vic De Salvo
Rhea Perlman Francine Kester
Gerritt Graham Parker Braithwaite
Kevin McCarthy Wes Vandergelder
Jayne Meadows Herself (special appearance)
Steve Allen Himself (special appearance)
Whitney Bain Actor
Bernadette Birkett Mrs. Sweeney
Barry Corbin Carl Wheeny
Louis Giambalvo Goody DeSalvo
Huntz Hall Benny Bentson
Basil Hoffman Frank Friedlander
John Megna Al
Michael Richards Sal
Ron Rifkin T.V. Director
Joe Santos Tony
Vincent Schiavelli Skip
Fred Scialla Richie DeSalvo
Daniel Stern Skip Imperali
Mark L. Taylor Ken
George Wendt Mr. Sweeney
Cisse Cameron Wendy
Gela Jacobson Tamara
Candi Brough Bambi
Randi Brough Stacy
Army Archerd Himself
Gail Barle Hamilton's Girl
Allyce Beasley Receptionist
Peter Brocco Vic's Tailor
Jacqueline Cassell MBC Secretary
Robert Costanzo Nunzio
Selma Diamond Francine's Mother
Michael Ensign Le Boeuf Maitre d'
Michael Gallup Opera Singer
Stan Haze Levar
Jason Hervey Todd Sweeney
Damon Hines Woodrow T. Brown
Jerry Hoffman Mr. Foley
Ken Kimmins Network Spokesman
Bruce Kimmel W*A*C*ked Out Recruit
Katie La Bourdette Le Boeuf Woman
Jeffrey Lampert MBC Guard
Russ Marin Sid
Randall Miller Car Attendant
Susan Peretz Network Receptionist
Bob Perlow Warm-Up Comic
Hal Riddle The Dean
Jerry Seinfeld Network Rep
J.T. Solomon Mrs. Johnson
Lisle Wilson Mrs. Johnson
Lee Ving "The Dawn Patrol"
Nora Gaye "H.O.T.B.O.D.S."
Louise Dorsey "H.O.T.B.O.D.S."
Ronny Graham Cap'n Andy
Frank Sivero Bruno
Randi Brooks Teresa
James LeGros Car Attendant

Technical Credits
Danny DeVito Director
Michael Barrie Screenwriter
Angee Beckett Costumes/Costume Designer
Dale Beldin Editor
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Cliff Cunningham Set Decoration/Design
Marshall Harvey Editor
Bruce Kimmel Score Composer
Marci Liroff Casting
Patricia Messina Makeup
Jim Mulholland Screenwriter
Dan Navarro Songwriter
Patrick Regan Executive Producer
Alain Silver Executive Producer
Davis Spear Score Composer
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ratings Game
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9

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