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The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 14 June 1996 (USA)
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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Cast

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Eric Roberts
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Harry O'Reilly ...
Steven's Boss
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Sales Manager
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Steven's Secretary
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Keith Gibbs ...
Basketball Player
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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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For Steven Kovacs, the price of cable is about to go up. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$19,806,226, 16 June 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,240,295

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,825,796
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(8 channels)|

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A scene was filmed, but cut which at the prison, Steven's dad mentions that Steven stole a X-Men comic book when he was 8 years old which he had lied about and Steven's dad found it in his underpants drawer. See more »

Goofs

The answering machine owned by Steven is a digital machine. It does not use a tape to record messages. Therefore, when Steven hits the "skip" button, you should not hear the tape fast forwarding, because there isn't one. Also, you should not hear the tape clicking on a new message. See more »

Quotes

The Cable Guy: Pretty smooth work! I set 'em up, you knock 'em down.
Steven Kovacs: What?
The Cable Guy: Robin. I got her back for you. I juiced her up!
Steven Kovacs: How do you know we're back together?
The Cable Guy: Free cable is the ultimate aphrodisiac, Steven.
Steven Kovacs: I don't want you messing with my life!
The Cable Guy: I know! I felt bad about the other night. I wanted to make it up to you.
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The Cable Guy: So what are you doing? Wanna catch a flick?
Steven Kovacs: Look, I appreciate you helping me out with Robin. But you have to understand. I'm going to have to work *extra* hard to not screw this ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

TV Is the Thing This Year
Written by Bill Sanford & Phil Medley
Performed by Dinah Washington
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Hidden Comedy
19 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Regardless of what people say, this movie has some very funny moments scattered throughout. When I first saw this movie, I will admit I didn't find it that funny. But it's one of those movies that grows on you with time. Even if you don't like it at first, give it some time. You have to accept this movie for what it is. A dark comedy aimed at poking fun of the lighter things in life. Jim Carrey obviously carries the movie with his infamous quirkiness, but Matthew Broderick holds his own as the anal retentive guy which he is great at playing. Whether you are talking about the Midevil Times restaurant scene or the karaoke scene, this movie is a gem. Highly recommended.


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