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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.

Director:

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:

He's a menace to High Society. 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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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,999,612, 2 March 1997
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two Rodney Dangerfield films that feature a vocal performance by Michael Bolton, the other being Back to School (1986). Bolton's song "Everybody's Crazy" is playing on the record player during the frat dorm party. See more »

Quotes

Wally Sparks: You never had me.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Time Rock N Roll
Written George Jackson, Tom Jones III
Performed by Rodney Dangerfield
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Some laughs, but not enough
20 September 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

A lot of energy was put into this movie. Dangerfield has some funny one-liners, but a lot of them are not funny, or you'll guess before he utters them. The plot is alternately meandering or frozen for long periods of time. (And the plot should have stayed at the talk show subject, not some dumb plot about Dangerfield crashing a govenor's pad.) Replay the climatic interview scene after watching it once - you'll see that some of Dangerfield's actions don't make that much sense. Also, see how many times the director shoots Dangerfield from the neck down - obviously, it's a stunt double.

A memo to Burt Reynolds: don't wear that particular toupee again.


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