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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

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:

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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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

At Steven's parents' house, Steven calls Chip a "bastard" and covers his mouth in shock at what he said. In the next shot, his hand is no longer over his mouth. 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 »

Connections

References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

End of the World Is Coming
Produced by Jim Mitchell
Written and Performed by David Hilder
Courtesy of Record Haven
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Joker Noir on TeeVee
24 July 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Humor is a matter of taste, but when it is as dependent on timing and tone as this is, one at least has to admire it.

You might consider this as rooted in a comic story of obsession.

Or you could easily ignore that and get into the posturing of Carey.

But what I see is an attempt at twisting noir: the idea that the viewer perturbs life, usually the life of a random innocent. Its a profound notion this noir idea that the watcher delivers the movie. Here the watcher is in the movie, delivering it via cable. He has the identity of past "movies."

Its amazingly clever.

I watched this because I recently saw Heath Ledger in Dark Night. As widely publicized, Ledger and Nolan drew heavily from "Clockwork Oragne." But Heath had a very hard time finding the voice. I believe this helped him. The similarities are striking.

Next up in this study; "Equus."

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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