Meet Wally Sparks
|Meet Wally Sparks|
|Directed by||Peter Baldwin|
|Produced by||Leslie Greif|
|Written by||Harry Basil
David Ogden Stiers
|Music by||Michel Colombier|
|Cinematography||Richard H. Kline|
|Edited by||Raúl Dávalos|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures|
|Release dates||January 16, 1997|
|Running time||105 min.|
Wally Sparks (Dangerfield) is the host of a sleazy tabloid-style TV talk show who makes Jerry Springer seem gentle by comparison. His show has become so foul that he's alienated his not-especially-discriminating viewers, and his ratings are taking a nosedive.
Lenny Spencer (Burt Reynolds), head of the network carrying his show, gives Wally an ultimatum—he has a week to clean up the content and boost his ratings, or his show gets cancelled.
Wally's producer Sandy Gallo (Debi Mazar) comes up with an idea—Floyd Preston (David Ogden Stiers) is the governor of Georgia and a staunch conservative known for his attacks on the lowbrow content of Wally's show, so what better way to demonstrate that Wally is trying to change his ways than having Preston on as a guest?
In order to persuade Preston to appear, Wally attends a reception at the Governor's mansion, where he makes the mistake of getting in a drunken game of strip poker with Preston's wife Emily (Cindy Williams) while somehow involving himself in a plot to blackmail the Governor. And the complications keep coming when Wally's son, Dean, begins a romantic relationship with the Governor's daughter.
- Rodney Dangerfield as Wally Sparks
- Debi Mazar as Sandy
- Burt Reynolds as Lenny
- David Ogden Stiers as Gov. Floyd Preston
- Cindy Williams as Emily Preston
- Michael Weatherly as Dean Sparks
- Lisa Thornhill as Priscilla Preston
- Eamonn Roche as Miller
The film is notable for its cameo appearances by a number of entertainers, including Tim Allen, Sally Jesse Raphael, Lenny Clarke, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Gilbert Gottfried, Julia Sweeney, Michael Bolton, Tony Danza, Ron Jeremy, John Melendez, Bob Saget, Jerry Springer, George Hamilton, and Roseanne Barr.
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