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Cabin Boy (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  7 January 1994 (USA)
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A foul-mouthed finishing school graduate mistakenly winds up on an ill-fated fishing boat, and faces the wrath of a crew that considers him bad luck.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ritch Brinkley ...
Skunk (as Brian-Doyle Murray)
I.M. Hobson ...
David H. Sterry ...
Lance (as David Sterry)
Bob Elliott ...
Edward Flotard ...
Cupcake (voice)
Old Salt In Fishing Village (as Earl Hofert)


Snobby school boy goes left, and mistakes the "Filthy Whore" for his millionaire dad's yacht. He joins four filthy fishermen for hijinx on the high seas. Written by Cary Pincus <>

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He's Setting Sail On The High Seas... Without A Rudder, A Compass, Or A Clue!

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Rated PG-13 for crude language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hajó hülyéje  »

Box Office


$3,662,459 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The name "Captain Greybar" is an inside reference to the building where Chris' father, Bob Elliott, and his radio and stage partner Ray Goulding, had their "Bob and Ray" offices for many years (The well-known "Graybar Building" in NYC). Bob & Ray also had a company called GEG, which (long story short) had to be changed from Goulding-Elliott-Graybar to the differently spelled Goulding-Elliott-Greybar, under threat from the Graybar Building's lawyers. So, Chris gets the last laugh on those lawyers with the name of the tyrannical captain. See more »


Old Salt in Fishing Village: Man, oh man, I hate those fancy lads!
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Written by Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (as Frank Bjorn)
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misunderstood comedy is a true masterpiece
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what can be said of cabin boy's idiotic genius? Chris Elliot proves he is the master of absurd comedy in this one of a kind, off the wall masterpiece! I'm almost ashamed to love it so dearly. The movie propels itself through a bizarre mythological backdrop using Elliots uncanny knack for brilliant, stupid, amazingly funny dialog and antics. Cabin boy stays true to all that is Elliot from beginning to end. It doesn't change its mind halfway through, and is too unassuming to attempt to deliver any heartwarming morally relevant conclusion. Chris Elliot's antihero is so lovably hate able that you feel the desire to both punch him in the face, and gently rock him to sleep in a comfy blanket. This comedy is probably not for everyone, but the payoff for those who understand its naive, cynical hilarity is worth the rental fee. Hell, you can buy it for under six bucks almost any where. It is truly a misunderstood work of pure cinematic bliss.

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