Meet Wally Sparks
|Meet Wally Sparks|
|Directed by||Peter Baldwin|
|Produced by||Leslie Greif|
|Cinematography||Richard H. Kline|
|Edited by||Raúl Dávalos|
|Music by||Michel Colombier|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures|
|Box office||$4.1 million|
Meet Wally Sparks is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Peter Baldwin, written by Harry Basil and Rodney Dangerfield. It stars Dangerfield in the title role, with Debi Mazar, Michael Weatherly, Cindy Williams, Alan Rachins, Burt Reynolds and David Ogden Stiers costarring.
Wally Sparks 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, 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, comes up with an idea—Floyd Preston 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 to have Preston on the show as a guest?
In order to persuade Preston to appear, Wally accepts an invitation to a reception at the Governor's Mansion, later learning that the Governor's teenage son is the fan who sent him the invitation. Wally makes the mistake of participating in a drunken game of strip poker with Preston's wife, Emily, while somehow involving himself in a plot to blackmail the Governor. Further complications ensue when Wally's son, Dean, begins a romantic relationship with the Governor's daughter.
- Rodney Dangerfield as Wally Sparks
- Debi Mazar as Sandy Gallo
- Cindy Williams as Emily Preston
- Alan Rachins as Judge Randal Williams
- Michael Weatherly as Dean Sparks
- Lisa Thornhill as Priscilla Preston
- Mark L. Taylor as Harvey Bishop
- Eamonn Roche as Alan Miller
- Lenny Clarke as Joey
- Cindy Ambuehl as Lola Larue
- Glenn Walker Harris, Jr. as Robby Preston
- Burt Reynolds as Mr. Spencer
- David Ogden Stiers as Governor Floyd Preston
- Tony Danza as Taxi Driver
- Lesley-Anne Down as Hooker nurse
- Karen Duffy as a Reporter
- Gilbert Gottfried as Mr. Harry Karp
- Sandy Helberg as Commercial director
- Ron Jeremy as Porn Actor
- ”Stuttering” John Melendez as a Reporter
- Sir Mix-a-Lot as Rapper announcer
- Barry Nolan as a Reporter
- Bob Saget as a Reporter
- Julia Sweeney as Mr. Martha Karp
- George Wallace as Bartender
Cameos as themselves
Meet Wally Sparks opened in 1,552 venues on January 31, 1997 and ranked number 13 in the domestic box office in its opening weekend, earning $2,131,001. At the end of its run, the film grossed $4,073,582.
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