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The Cable Guy (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Thriller  -  14 June 1996 (USA)
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A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

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Storyline

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. Written by Wayne Jamieson <jamtin@OntheNet.com.au>

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Once you let him into your house, you'll never get him out of your life! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for dark thematic elements and crude humor | See all certifications »

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cable Guy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,643,435 (UK) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$60,154,431 (USA) (30 August 1996)
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Trivia

The scene at Medieval Times where Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) asks for Steven's (Matthew Broderick) chicken skin and then performs his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) impression was all improvised. During one take, Carrey asked for the chicken skin out of nowhere. After doing the "Silence of the Lambs" bit, director Ben Stiller loved it and wanted to keep it in the film even though it wasn't in the script. If you look at Matthew Broderick's face during this scene, you can tell he is cracking up. His reaction is a genuine laugh. See more »

Goofs

During the jousting scene when Steven hits Chip with the lance, Chip's lance and shield fly the opposite way Chip does, but when Chip hits the ground they are right next to him. See more »

Quotes

Steven Kovacs: What's going on?
Chip Douglas: It appears that we're going to do battle, Steven.
Steven Kovacs: Is this a normal part of the show?
Chip Douglas: No, but I gave all the knights free cable. They thought it would be cool if we went at it for a while.
Steven Kovacs: Is it safe?
Chip Douglas: Sure, that's what the armor's for. Come on.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia logo at the beginning of the movie segues into static from Steven's cable TV. See more »

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Referenced in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) See more »

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Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
Written by Chris O'Connor, Jane Feather and Leonard Feather
Produced by Chris O'Connor
Performed by Primitive Radio Gods
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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10 October 2004 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Some people really hated the movie. I saw it, I'll note I saw it on video and frankly I loved it. I think this was the start of Carrey really coming out although it has a couple of crude jokes I could have done without. You really feel for Broderick who starts out having a slightly annoying friend and ends up dealing with a stalker! Somehow the stalker goes from being exceedingly annoying to outsiders gaining acceptance from everybody around his victim. He casts a spell having his victim believe that he is in danger of losing everything if he does not co-operate with his tomentor. Anyway, if you like a bit of light dark comedy and order a pizza, I think the movie is worth a watch.


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