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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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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 »

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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)  »

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Cable Guy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$60,154,431 (USA) (30 August 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The part of the Cable Guy was originally written for Chris Farley, but scheduling conflicts forced him to decline the role. See more »

Goofs

After Steven's mother incorrectly guesses during "Porno Password", Steven puts his hand to his head twice. See more »

Quotes

Cable Guy: [Steven punches him] You're gonna have to do better than that, Steven. Steven. St-st-my lisp is gone!
[Steven punches him again; lisps]
Cable Guy: You thtupid thon of a bitch!
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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 »

Connections

References My Three Sons (1960) See more »

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Produced by Mike Denneen
Written and Performed by Expanding Man
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Hidden Comedy
19 November 2004 | by (New Orleans) – 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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