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Ringmaster (1998)

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Jerry Springer stars as more or less himself, the host of a raunchy, controversial and popular Los Angeles talk show which features everyday people with problems and who frequently vent ... See full summary »

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Jon Bernstein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Springer ... Jerry Farrelly
Jaime Pressly ... Angel Zorzak
William McNamara ... Troy Davenport
Molly Hagan ... Connie Zorzak
John Capodice ... Mel Riley
Wendy Raquel Robinson ... Starletta
Ashley Holbrook Ashley Holbrook ... Willie
Tangie Ambrose ... Vonda Simmons
Nicki Micheaux ... Leshawnette
Krista Tesreau Krista Tesreau ... Catherine Winicott
Dawn Maxey Dawn Maxey ... Natalie
Maximilliana Maximilliana ... Charlie / Claire
Michael Jai White ... Demond
Michael Dudikoff ... Rusty
Jerry Giles Jerry Giles ... Floyd Merkel
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Storyline

Jerry Springer stars as more or less himself, the host of a raunchy, controversial and popular Los Angeles talk show which features everyday people with problems and who frequently vent their problems on the air. A new group of guests are flown in for one show who include white trailer trash from Sarasota FL; Connie, whose current husband has cheated on her with her nymphomaniac teenage daughter, Angel, for which Connie has gotten revenge by having sex with Angel's fiance; and from Detroit, black trash Starletta, whose boyfriend, Damone, has slept with all of her girlfriends. Soon the paths of all of these parties cross which leads to more sex, arguments, physical violence, and Jerry sweating out just another day.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jerry Springer: Ringmaster See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,344,022, 29 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,247,881, 7 February 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Legal stipulations prevented the production from using the name Jerry Springer (1991) in the film. It's called "The Jerry Show". See more »

Goofs

Jerry signs Connie's shirt "To Connie Thanks Love Jerry." Later on, the shirt says "To Connie Thanks Jerry." See more »

Quotes

Claire: "ER" my ass!
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Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1998 (1999) See more »

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As If It Were Yesterday
Written & Performed by Joe Lervold
Courtesy of MasterSource
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The Depravity of Modern Man
28 November 1998 | by SMGLoverSee all my reviews

To preface this review, I must say that I was, I suppose, a little curious about this movie.. However, I probably would not have seen it had I not had my arm slightly twisted.

In my opinion, this movie shows just how depraved man can be. In my eyes, the worst thing about this whole Springer phenomenon is not that type of people on the "Jerry Springer Show" act as they do (which in itself is eminently reproachable), but that many people are so curious and excited to watch them and hear about their lives (yes, I suppose that includes me.. to whatever extent it is true). If not glorifying that kind of behavior (as some might say) at the very least we may be subtly corrupting our minds and/or desenstizing ourselves to this type of behavior.

But enough soapbox (sort of). Here's the skinny: the movie has an R rating, and while it may deserve only that (I did look away at some scenes, so I'm not completely sure), I feel that an NC-17 (tip of the hat to the other reviewer) might be a little more appropriate for the immense sexual content (a cynic might comment that the movie was just one big excuse to show sex on the big screen). The plot is very bizarre, tying together the stories of an absolutely dysfunctional family and a group of stereotypical blacks upset who will appear on different Springer shows. At the end, the movie leaves one with some resolvement- and Springer rhetoric about the need for us to see the real world (evidently as seen through his show). I agree with him there- it is important to know how the world really is so that we can seek to effect positive change. Having said that, let me just tell you- the world's pretty bad- glance in a newpaper or the news to see that, but let's not shell out good money to support the kind of sensationalistic and perhaps formulaic titallition that Springer seeks to give us.


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