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The Cable Guy -- Out-of-control comedy features Jim Carrey at his hilarious best as a hard-wired cable installer just looking for a friend. Matthew Broderick co-stars.
The Cable Guy -- A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.
The Cable Guy -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Lou Holtz Jr. (written by)
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14 June 1996 (USA) See more »
Once you let him into your house, you'll never get him out of your life! See more »
A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Carrey ... The Cable Guy

Matthew Broderick ... Steven M. Kovacs

Leslie Mann ... Robin Harris

Jack Black ... Rick

George Segal ... Steven's Father

Diane Baker ... Steven's Mother

Ben Stiller ... Sam Sweet / Stan Sweet

Eric Roberts ... Eric Roberts

Janeane Garofalo ... Medieval Times Waitress

Andy Dick ... Medieval Times Host
Harry O'Reilly ... Steven's Boss

David Cross ... Sales Manager
Amy Stiller ... Steven's Secretary

Owen Wilson ... Robin's Date
Keith Gibbs ... Basketball Player

Tommy Hinkley ... Basketball Player

Shawn Michael Howard ... Basketball Player

Jeff Kahn ... Basketball Player

Suli McCullough ... Basketball Player

Jeff Michalski ... Basketball Player

Joel Murray ... Basketball Player
Andrew Shaifer ... Basketball Player
Cameron Starman ... Cable Boy

Kathy Griffin ... Cable Boy's Mother
Greg Hopla ... Medieval Times Fighter
John Ferdinand ... Medieval Times Fighter
Misa Koprova ... Heather
Paul Greco ... Raul

Aki Aleong ... Karaoke Party Guest
Dona Hardy ... Karaoke Party Guest
Lloyd Kino ... Karaoke Party Guest
Sara Lowell ... Karaoke Party Guest
Cynthia Mason ... Karaoke Party Guest

Michael Rivkin ... Karaoke Party Guest
Harper Roisman ... Karaoke Party Guest
Sandra Thigpen ... Karaoke Party Guest

Sean Whalen ... Karaoke Party Guest
Marty Zagon ... Karaoke Party Guest

Cynthia LaMontagne ... Restaurant Hostess (as Cynthia Lamontagne)
James O'Connell ... Bathroom Attendant
Douglas Robert Jackson ... Bathroom Patron

Charles Napier ... Arresting Officer

Christopher Michael ... Arresting Officer
Charles Robinson ... Steven's Lawyer (as Charles Knox Robinson III)

John F. O'Donohue ... Prison Guard (as John O'Donohue)
Lydell M. Cheshier ... Jail Inmate
Jason Larimore ... Jail Inmate
Ahmad Reese ... Jail Inmate

Emilio Rivera ... Jail Inmate

Bob Odenkirk ... Steven's Brother
Julie Hayden ... Steven's Sister

Annabelle Gurwitch ... Steven's Sister-in-Law

Blake Boyd ... Steven's Brother-in-Law
Liza D'Agostino ... Newsroom Researcher (as Lisa D'Agostino)
Tabitha Soren ... Herself
Rikki Klieman ... Rikki Klieman
Robert Simels ... Robert Simels
Leonard O. Turner ... Sam Sweet Judge (as Leonard Turner)

Carlo Allen ... Sam Sweet Court Judge

Conrad Janis ... Father 'Double Trouble'
Thomas Scott ... Sam Sweet - Age 8
Steven Scott ... Stan Sweet - Age 8

Christine Devine ... Anchor Woman
Mark Thompson ... Newsroom Reporter
Wendy L. Walsh ... Reporter Outside Courtroom (as Wendy Walsh)
Marion Dugan ... Robin's Neighbor

Kyle Gass ... Couch Potato
David Bowe ... Helicopter Paramedic
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... Medevac Pilot (as Robert Zajonc)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeremy Applegate ... Serf #4 (uncredited)
Barbara Babbin ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adam Consolo ... Serf #2 (uncredited)

Hal Dion ... Lead officer (uncredited)
Shann Johnson ... (uncredited)

Alex D. Linz ... (uncredited)

Robert Lyon Rasner ... Serf #3 (uncredited)
Raydeen Revilla ... Karaoke Video Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Stiller 
Writing credits
Lou Holtz Jr. (written by)

Produced by
Judd Apatow .... producer
William S. Beasley .... co-producer (as William Beasley)
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
Brad Grey .... executive producer
Marc Gurvitz .... executive producer
Andrew Licht .... producer
Jeffrey A. Mueller .... producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Robert Brinkmann 
Film Editing by
Steven Weisberg 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
Art Direction by
Jeff Knipp 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
Costume Design by
Erica Edell Phillips 
Makeup Department
Pauletta O. Lewis .... hair stylist: Mr. Carrey
Christy Ann Newquist .... makeup artist (as Christy Newquest)
Nina Paskowitz .... key hair stylist
Sheryl Ptak .... key makeup artist (as Sheryl Leigh Ptak)
Nancy Tong .... hair stylist
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist (as Candy Walker)
James Ryder .... makeup artist: Eric Roberts (uncredited)
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager (as William Beasley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Davis .... second assistant director
Stuart B. Hagen .... second second assistant director
Nilo Otero .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard K. Buoen .... storyboard artist (as Rick Buoen)
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator (as Steve Hagberg)
Teri Anne Kopp .... assistant property master
Randlett King Lawrence .... general foreman
Patrick Lees .... lead man
Steven M. Levine .... property master
Lori Rowbotham .... assistant art director
Jason Weil .... set designer
Maike Both .... buyer (uncredited)
Jeff Brown .... greens coordinator (uncredited)
Tim Castagnola .... laborer (uncredited)
Andy Chung .... concept designer (uncredited)
Doug Crawford .... carpenter (uncredited)
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... propmaker (uncredited)
Richard W. Jones .... on-set greens foreperson (uncredited)
Allen Lafferty .... propmaker (uncredited)
Scott Lafferty .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jason Sweers .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer (as Dave Alstadter)
G.W. Brown .... adr editor (as Gregory Brown)
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Yann Delpuech .... sound effects editor
Ryan Eldred .... assistant sound editor
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor
Galen Goodpaster .... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Grieve)
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Gregory King .... supervising sound editor
Scott Kinzey .... boom operator (as Scott Kingzey)
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
John Murray .... foley editor
Rob Nokes .... sound effects editor
Michele Perrone .... adr editor
Tom Perry .... sound re-recording mixer
Joel Shryack .... assistant sound editor
John Sisti .... adr editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Nelson Stoll .... production sound mixer
Daniel Yale .... foley editor
Tom Lalley .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Thomas Needell .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Luport .... special effects
Bob Stoker .... set effects
Lucinda Strub .... special effects
Matt Sweeney .... special effects coordinator
Gary Zink .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ted Alexandre .... systems administrator/resource manager: SPI
Kevin Bales .... second assistant camera: SPI
Bill Houston Ball .... technical assistant: SPI
Jennifer C. Bell .... visual effects producer: SPI (as Jennifer Bell)
Audrey Chang .... visual effects editor: SPI
Kyle Clark .... film recording technician: SPI
Michael Condro .... motion control programmer: SPI
Katya Culberg .... systems administration coordinator: SPI
Mike Curtis .... gaffer: SPI
Heather Davis Baker .... 2D digital artist: SPI (as Heather Davis)
David Drzewiecki .... visual effects director of photography: SPI
Sheena Duggal .... lead digital compositor: SPI
Allen Edwards .... 3D digital artist: SPI
Thomas F. Ford IV .... technical assistant: SPI
Lisa Foster .... 3D digital artist: SPI
Dawn Guinta .... compositing production manager: SPI
Ivo Horvat .... digital matte painter: SPI
Joni Jacobson .... digital compositor: SPI
Stephen Kennedy .... 2D lead digital artist: SPI
Scott Kilburn .... 3D digital artist: SPI
Martin A. Kline .... art director: SPI (as Marty Kline)
Kenneth Kurras .... film recording technician: SPI (as Ken Kurras)
Chuck Larson .... stage technician: SPI
Alan Latteri .... junior digital compositor: SPI
Christopher Leone .... lead film recording technician: SPI
Charles Linehan .... visual effects coordinator: SPI
Ned Martin .... first assistant camera: SPI
John Mauvezin .... model maker: SPI
Ann Monn .... digital compositor: SPI
Craig Moore .... key grip: SPI
Ray Moore .... model maker: SPI (as Raymond D. Moore)
Raquel Morales .... digital matte painter: SPI
John Nelson .... visual effects supervisor: SPI
Megan Omi .... 2D digital artist: SPI
Mike Perry .... computer graphics technical director: SPI
Derrick Quarles .... film recording technician: SPI
Jamie Rama .... assistant art director: SPI
Tim Teramoto .... computer graphics technical director: SPI
Lynn Tigar .... 2D digital artist: SPI
Michael Tigar .... computer graphics supervisor: SPI
Stephen Vincent .... production assistant: SPI
Frank Vittori .... model coordinator: SPI
Peter Warner .... 3D lead digital artist: SPI
Manny Wong .... 3D digital artist: SPI
Lou Zutavern .... model supervisor: SPI (as Louis Zutavern)
David Cornelius .... motion control technician (uncredited)
Audrea Topps Harjo .... software production coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Brown .... stunt double: Cable Guy (as Bobby Brown)
Danny Costa .... utility stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Matthew Broderick
Eddie Hice .... utility stunts (as Edward Hice)
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Norman Howell .... utility stunts
Bob MacDougall .... utility stunts (as Bob McDougall)
Darwin Mitchell .... utility stunts
Bennie Moore .... utility stunts (as Bennie E. Moore)
Erin Ricotti .... stunt double: Robin
Erik Rondell .... stunt double: Ray
Jack Carpenter .... stunts (uncredited)
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Davis .... dolly grip (as Ken Davis)
Joseph Dianda .... key grip
David Gamerman .... assistant chief lighting technician
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator (as Kirk Gardner)
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Michael J. Hogan .... video assist operator
Jerry D. Knight .... first electrician
Alex Leyton .... first assistant camera
Scott Patten .... second grip
Rick Pearmain .... film loader
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke .... chief lighting technician (as Reinhart G. Peschke)
Michael Scott .... camera operator
Robert J. Studenny .... dolly grip (as Robert Studenny)
Thomas Vandermillen .... second assistant camera
Richard Brooks Burton .... gyrosphere technician: aerial unit (uncredited)
Shawn Ensign .... company grip (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator (uncredited)
Scott Medcalf .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Roger Meilink .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician (uncredited)
David Schmalz .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen Meisels .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph T. Mastrolia .... costumer
Katrina Mastrolia .... costumer
Cheri Reed .... set costumer
Amy Stofsky .... costume supervisor
Marilyn Madsen .... costume manufacturing foreperson (uncredited)
Robin Richesson .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Edward R. Abroms .... assistant editor (as Ed Abroms)
Camille Bourque .... assistant editor
Sam Citron .... assistant editor
Samuel Craven .... additional film editor
Gail DuFosse .... first assistant film editor (as Gail du Fossé)
Peter Devaney Flanagan .... assistant editor (as Peter Devaney)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Paul Karasick .... first assistant film editor
Richard B. Molina .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... music mixer
Robert Fernandez .... music recordist
Amanda Goodpaster .... assistant music editor
Taylor Graves .... playback singer
Larry Groupé .... conductor
Larry Groupé .... orchestrator
Damon Intrabartolo .... orchestrator
Juliana Roberts .... music supervisor
Jeanette Surga .... music editor
Lia Vollack .... supervising music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Bruce Donnelly .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Ottman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Rick Patterson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lee Scott .... music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Seth Wittner .... music proof reader (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Randy Burke .... transportation co-captain
Dan Marrow .... transportation captain (as Daniel C. Marrow)
Morris Bension .... driver (uncredited)
Gregory Dultz .... driver (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Mia Apatow .... assistant: Mr. Stiller
Jamie Lynn Arsenault .... production secretary
Maria Baker .... production assistant
Craig Borden .... production assistant
Terry Crotzer .... video segment consultant
Ross C. Day .... assistant location manager
Steve Dayan .... location manager
Terry Dunn .... production accountant
Philip Euling .... assistant: Mr. Broderick (as Phillip Euling)
Linda Fields .... assistant: Mr. Carrey
Hilary Galanoy .... assistant: Mr. Licht
John Kreidman .... production assistant
Linaia Light .... physical therapist: Mr. Carrey
David Linck .... unit publicist
Temil Marmon .... assistant: Mr. Apatow
Lucy Michael .... on-set medic
Sharyn Shimada-Huggins .... production coordinator
Jason W. Stradtman .... production assistant (as Jason Stradtman)
Sharon B. Taksel .... assistant accountant
Michael Vorndran .... production assistant
Mary Weeks .... production assistant
Aaron Wilder .... assistant: Mr. Mueller
Wendy Wilkins .... production assistant
George Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Patrick Marsh .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Edward Mazurek .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Michael Lee Phillips Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Timothy Schwalk .... assistant dialect coach (uncredited)
Tony Swatton .... armorer (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for dark thematic elements and crude humor
96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby Digital

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One of the earliest Frat Pack films, due to the likes of Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Judd Apatow and Owen Wilson on the credits.See more »
Factual errors: Steven and Robin have just started to watch Sleepless in Seattle (1993) having missed only the first few minutes, but the scene shown when the cable comes back on is from the middle of the movie.See more »
Chip Douglas:You better buckle up. I've had a lot to drink... just kidding. That's my humor!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Odd Couple" (1970)See more »
BewitchedSee more »


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98 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Maybe you have to be a movie buff to "get it"?, 28 April 2004
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

To some people, movies are more than a passion. They are a way of life. For me, movies are not only one of my favorite hobbies, but I feel that all films express a certain reflection of the individual watching them. They say that you can tell a lot from a person by the way they act, talk, walk. I believe you can also tell a lot about a person from the sort of movies they like.

And I think that for Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey), movies and television are more than disposable entertainment. They are his entire life. He is consumed by film to such an extent that he creates multiple personas based on TV personalities. Many critics bashed Carrey's performance for being too sadistic. I think it's perfect because it's daring and hugely different than his other movies, and accurately reflects the mindset of a troubled individual who has grown up on his TV, rather than actually experiencing true life. Not many movies are like "The Cable Guy," and most of them don't have the guts to make a statement so bold and striking.

In "The Cable Guy" Carrey is the title character, his real name supposedly Chip Douglas, but towards the end we're not really sure what's true and false anymore. Chip works for a cable company and offers to hook up new apartment tenant Steven (Matthew Broderick) up with illegal cable. All Douglas asks for in return is a friendship, which Steven reluctantly agrees to. But what he doesn't realize is that Chip is an obsessive monster -- bred on films as a child and unable to separate celluloid from reality, he pursues a "Fatal Attraction" route and begins to stalk Steven. This is one of those movies, like "What About Bob?", where the hero is apparently the only one who realizes how crazy the "bad guy" is. Richard Dreyfuss went nuts trying to convince his family of Bill Murray's insanity in "Bob." In "The Cable Guy," Matthew Broderick has a tough time trying to expose Chip's sadistic side.

I am not Carrey's biggest fan. But I have to admit that over time the comedian has grown on me. And when I see him in "Dumb and Dumber" I can't picture anyone else taking on the role. Here he is in another role where I can see no one else portraying his character, and yet he still hasn't convinced me that he's a great talent. Strange.

I think Carrey's comedy is distinct and the reason his films have become more well-received over the years is because he has invented a certain area of modern-day comedy and thrived in that cubby hole for quite some time. I believe that humor is not existent; it is invented. Different forms of humor come and go. Right now, Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey are two of the highest-paid comedians the world, and yet in fifty years, where will they be?

Comedy is constantly changing. Humor is invented and re-invented to the point that what was once funny no longer is. That is why so many comedies from various eras of American history seem so outdated by today's standards. We are living in a world of Jim Carreys, Adam Sandlers, and Mike Myers. Although they still receive jobs, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, and especially Dan Aykroyd -- some of the most popular comedians of the '80s -- have found themselves all stuck in ruts, filming kiddie movies for Disney and -- some of them (especially Murray and Aykroyd) -- departing comedy to pursue more serious careers in an area of film that will never become outdated: drama (for Murray, it is "Lost in Translation"; Aykroyd is less lucky with projects such as "Pearl Harbor," which might as well be classified as comedy).

The movie was directed by Ben Stiller, who carefully balances the neurotic against the sweet. The movie has its fair share of cameos, and in a great sequence Owen Wilson stars as a confident jerk who takes out Steven's girlfriend on a date. The Cable Guy finds out and, thinking he's doing Steven a favor, assaults Wilson in the bathroom of a fancy restaurant.

Perhaps the reason so many critics disliked "The Cable Guy" when it was released in 1996 was because they found themselves relating to Carrey's character. Maybe not. All I know is that it is one of the most daring and surprising comedies of the '90s -- not especially great but very unique and entertaining. I relate to its main character because we both love movies. My obsession is much calmer than Chip's. But the film does have a good eye for spotting good areas of satire. Yes, it's often rather dark and absurd. But isn't that the point?


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