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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Medieval Times Host
Harry O'Reilly ...
Amy Stiller ...
Keith Gibbs ...


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


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:

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 The Cable Guy is assaulting Robin's date (Owen Wilson) he throws him into the wall while saying "That's gotta hurt, Gene". He is referring to Wrestling announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund. See more »


During the basketball game at the gym, after Chip shatters the backboard, he falls down into the glass on the floor. However you can clearly see an outline within the shattered glass, where he should land. See more »


Chip Douglas: It was my treat.
Steven Kovacs: What do you mean it was your treat?
Chip Douglas: You know, I bought this time. You buy next time... Don't let your eggs get cold.
Steven Kovacs: Buy what?
Chip Douglas: What do you mean 'buy what'? The women.
Steven Kovacs: [after pause] Do... do you mean that Heather is a prostitute?
Chip Douglas: Of course she is. You think a woman like that would hang out with us if we weren't paying her?
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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 »


References The Cosby Show (1984) See more »


Hey Man, Nice Shot
Written by Richard Patrick
Produced by Brian Liesegang and Richard Patrick
Performed by Filter
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

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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