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)
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 <pincus@aracor.com>

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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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Did You Know?


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 »


After fishing Trina out of the water and having his initial dialogue exchange with her, Nathanial summons the rest of the crew to meet her. Shortly after doing so, he refers to Trina by name despite Trina not having introduced herself to him in the previous scene. See more »


Captain Greybar: [singing] When I go ashore and get my pay, I'll go and meet my Essie May. She'll hike her skirt and toss her shoe. She'll clean my pipes, my buddies' too. Don't need a church to find my way 'cause I've found heaven with Essie May.
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Referenced in There's Something About Mary (1998) See more »


Written by Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (as Frank Bjorn)
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Movie Makes fun of overeducated, pampered snobby critics
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Critics hate this film because they see so much of themselves in the protagonist: A character who spends his whole overeducated, over-pampered life sneering at every one and every thing else, the self-appointed know it all who mocks everything but produces nothing.

The protagonist is a critic, and the story makes fun of the protagonist.

It was interesting and satisfying to see the protagonist's fate... and I laughed the whole way through.

Summary: Unfortunately, people can't make a movie that trashes your run of the mill critic, and still hope for a good review.

If you are a critic know it all, you'll hate "Cabin Boy". If you have an actual sense of humor you'll love it.

Happiness guaranteed: That's what cabin boy is to me.

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