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The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | | 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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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Chris Farley was originally up for the part of Chip Doulas. Farley had a two picture deal with Paramount. After Tommy Boy (1995), he was obligated to make another movie and was offered this role for $3 million which was a huge amount for him. He also had the chance to make another movie with David Spade, for nowhere near the amount he was going to get for this film. They both decided they may have a chance to make another Tommy Boy (1995). Chris turned down the film and Jim Carrey got it for $20 million. 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

Chip Douglas: [on answering machine] Hey man. It's me again. I was just taking a whizz. Thought you might have called. Okay, later.
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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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I Love Lucy
Written by Eliot Daniel & Harold Adamson
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Carrey's greatest!
30 June 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I divide movie fans into two types - those that love The Cable Guy, and those that don't. The latter I try and avoid.

Welcome to the most misunderstood, unjustly dissed movie of the 90s! Even Homer Simpson hates it! I'm not going waste time trying to change anybody's mind on this gem. If you don't see the sheer brilliance of this you're beyond hope. All I can say is that it ROCKS in every way. Jim Carrey has never been better as the creepy, psycho stalker "Chip Douglas", and Matthew Broderick is wonderfully likeable as Chip's unsuspecting customer. Add to that a tremendously cool supporting cast of cult legends including Charles Napier, Janeane Garofolo, Eric Roberts, Mr. Show's Bob and David, Sean Whalen,Owen Wilson, Andy Dick and BOTH members of Tenacious D, among others.

Full of memorable sequences - the Karaoke jam, the Medieval theme restaurant, director Ben Stiller's recurring duel role - The Cable Guy is smart-as-a-whip, black, surreal, FUNNY, FUNNY stuff!


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