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The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  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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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,806,226 (USA) (14 June 1996)


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

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Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Every cast member of The Ben Stiller Show (1990) appears on screen during the film at least once. See more »


The satellite dish Chip falls into is pointing straight up. Satellite dishes track satellites in geosynchronous orbit, which must orbit at the equator. For the satellite dish to be pointing straight up, it must be on the equator. See more »


Chip Douglas: Cable guy!
[pounds on the door]
Chip Douglas: Cably Guy? Cable Guy!
[Rings the buzzer]
Chip Douglas: Cabla goobla!
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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 »


Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


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Written by Rob Zombie, Sean Yseult (as Sean Reynolds) & Jay Yuenger (as Jay Noel Yuenger)
Performed by White Zombie
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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User Reviews

watch it again. highly underrated
2 October 2004 | by (sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

the most astonishing thing about the cable guy is that it simply wasn't liked by critics! however, this was to be expected given the way it was promoted. Not just another Jim Carrey "stupid humour" movie as it was unfortuanately promoted as, the cable guy was an entirely different genre; a comedy so dark it bordered on horror/thriller. and it is utterly brilliant.

to watch this movie a second time is highly recommended, as is an open mind to the dark web that Ben Stiller weaves masterfully. The actors fill their roles extremely well; Broderick perhaps a little underwhelming, but Carrey's astonishingly dark and eerie portrayal of his character carries the film. the cameos are brilliant, and show the respect the movie received by those who read the script, with many top actors willing to appear for only short roles. in the vein of other Stiller comedies that must not be taken at face value, such as the classic Zoolander, this film genuinely needs a repeat viewing. and try to forget Carrey was ever Ace Ventura before you watch the movie. naysayers will be converted!

full marks!

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