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Meet Wally Sparks (1997)

R | | Comedy | 31 January 1997 (USA)
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Wally Sparks is a tabloid television show reporter, who's trying to boost ratings on his show. He goes to the Governor's mansion to uncover a sex scandal.

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Peter Baldwin

Writers:

Harry Basil (story), Rodney Dangerfield (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Wally Sparks
Debi Mazar ... Sandy Gallo
David Ogden Stiers ... Gov. Floyd Preston
Burt Reynolds ... Lenny Spencer
Rita McKenzie Rita McKenzie ... Helen Williams
Lisa Thornhill ... Priscilla Preston
Mark L. Taylor ... Harvey Bishop
Cindy Williams ... Emily Preston
Gilbert Gottfried ... Mr. Harry Karp
Tony Danza ... New York Cab Driver
Karen Duffy ... Reporter #3
Eamonn Roche Eamonn Roche ... Alan Miller
Sir Mix A Lot ... Rapper Announcer (as Sir Mix-A-Lot)
Michael Weatherly ... Dean Sparks
Glenn Walker Harris Jr. ... Robby Preston
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Storyline

Wally Sparks is a tabloid television show reporter, who's trying to boost ratings on his show. He goes to the Governor's mansion to uncover a sex scandal.

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Taglines:

The Talk Show Host that Everyone loves to hate! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for continuous crude sexual humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Trimark

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botrány TV See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,131,001, 2 February 1997

Gross USA:

$3,999,612
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Movie theater prices in Daingerfield, Texas were ninety-nine cents, but sold way more, when Rodney Dangerfield played a movie there. Now the prices are one dollar and fifty cents a show. See more »

Quotes

Wally Sparks: The other day I saved a girl from being attacked: I changed my mind.
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Connections

Features The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Liebestraum
Written by Franz Liszt
Performed by Dave Pell Orchestra
Arranged by Dave Pell
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This Film Gets No Respect
6 October 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield took on the topic of shock TV in Meet Wally Sparks. A few sparks a generated, but it helps if you have an appreciation for the Police Academy films to enjoy this film. Which I do somewhat.

Meet Wally Sparks also borrows liberally from the plot of The Man Who Came To Dinner. In this case Dangerfield in the title role becomes the man who stayed at the governor's mansion.

Georgia Governor David Ogden Stiers who slips as neatly into a southern accent as he did a Boston one as Charles Emerson Winchester in MASH is advised that he can score a few cheap political points as a 'family values' candidate by attacking the outrageous talk show host Wally Sparks. Which gets a response from Sparks for Stiers to guest on his show and explain his objections.

Then Stiers's son Glenn Walker Harris, Jr. steals an invite to a campaign fundraiser and sends it to Dangerfield who then comes down to Atlanta and promptly injures himself, necessitating he not be moved from there.

After The Man Who Came To Dinner, the film then digresses into a pale imitation of The Fortune Cookie as it turns out Dangerfield isn't half as hurt as he makes out. All that was missing was Walter Matthau threatening to sue to the state of Georgia. Talk about deep pockets.

The humor is pretty crude, not unlike what you see on these shows. But it's actually done with a gentle hand. There were some lost opportunities in this film to make some valid points. As did those two other far better satirical films which Meet Wally Sparks liberally borrowed from.

Still fans of the late Rodney Dangerfeld will respect the film and will some others, just not enough.


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