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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He came...He saw...He tormented... See more »


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


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Steven is telling Rick about how Robin kicked him out of the apartment, he says "I feel like Felix Unger." Matthew Broderick later played this character on stage alongside Nathan Lane as Oscar in the 2005 Broadway revival of The Odd Couple. See more »


The telephone handset suddenly appears in Chip's hand as he talks to Steven in jail. See more »


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 »


Spoofs Pretty in Pink (1986) See more »


Rock the Boat
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I liked it
10 October 2004 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Some people really hated the movie. I saw it, I'll note I saw it on video and frankly I loved it. I think this was the start of Carrey really coming out although it has a couple of crude jokes I could have done without. You really feel for Broderick who starts out having a slightly annoying friend and ends up dealing with a stalker! Somehow the stalker goes from being exceedingly annoying to outsiders gaining acceptance from everybody around his victim. He casts a spell having his victim believe that he is in danger of losing everything if he does not co-operate with his tomentor. Anyway, if you like a bit of light dark comedy and order a pizza, I think the movie is worth a watch.

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