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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 / talk show host
Jaime Pressly ... Angel / Connie's daughter
William McNamara ... Troy Davenport
Molly Hagan ... Connie / Angel's mother
John Capodice ... Mel Riley
Wendy Raquel Robinson ... Starletta / Damone's girlfriend
Ashley Holbrook Ashley Holbrook ... Willie / Angel's fiance
Tangie Ambrose ... Vonda Simmons
Nicki Micheaux ... Leshawnette
Krista Tesreau Krista Tesreau ... Catherine Winicott
Dawn Maxey Dawn Maxey ... Natalie
Maximilliana ... Charlie / Claire
Michael Jai White ... Demond / Starletta's boyfriend
Michael Dudikoff ... Rusty / Connie's husband
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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Genres:

Comedy

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:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,344,022, 29 November 1998

Gross USA:

$9,257,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,257,103
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The trailer park folks are supposed to live in Central Florida. Angel passes a Tampa sign, and Willie mentions that he works at the Walmart in Lakeland. Angels' stepfather bails her out of the Broward County jail. Broward County is almost 200 miles south of Lakeland. See more »

Quotes

Connie: Hi, I'm Connie - I'm mom in 'I slept with my step-daddy.'
Charlie: I'm Charlie, 'Man By Day, Woman By Night.'
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Connections

References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »

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As If It Were Yesterday
Written & Performed by Joe Lervold
Courtesy of MasterSource
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Even if you're a Springer fan, skip this boring, lifeless piece of crap
16 July 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

I'm not a regular viewer of Springer's, but I do watch his show in glimpses and I think the show is a fine guilty pleasure and a good way to kill some time. So naturally, I'm going to watch this movie expecting to see "Jerry Springer Uncensored." First of all, Jerry appears in approximately twenty minutes of the film's running time. The other hour and twenty minutes is spent building up this pseudo-farce about trailer-trash, jealousy, incest and deception. Jaime Pressley (who looks hot as HELLLL) is a trailer-trash slut who sleeps with her stepfather (a very unusual-looking, chain-smoking, drunken Michael Dudikoff who finally strays from his action hero persona). The mom finds out about the affair, they get into a fight, they want to take it to the "Jerry" show (that's right, no Springer). And then we have a parallel story with an African-American couple. They take it to the "Jerry" show. The characters collide. Blah, blah, freakin' blah! Trash has rarely been this BORRRINGG!!!! I was wondering why the hell Springer has millions of fans, yet none of them checked out his movie. Well, now it's TOTALLY obvious!! Whether you love him or hate him, you will hate this movie! How can I explain? It's a total mess of a motion picture (if that's what you call it). It's so badly edited, with scenes that just don't connect, and after a period of time the plot virtually disappears and it's simply all over the map! Just imagine a predictable soap opera transformed into a comic farce. With seldom laughs.

My only positive note is a hot girl-girl scene. That's as risque as it gets. Don't get me wrong, the scene's pretty risque, but if you look at the overall film comparing it to the material on Springer's program--this disastrous farce seems extremely sanitized.

My score: 3 (out of 10)


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