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Cabin Boy (1994)

A foul-mouthed finishing school graduate mistakenly winds up on an ill-fated fishing boat and faces the wrath of a crew that considers him bad luck.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nathanial Mayweather
... Captain Greybar
... Paps
... Skunk (as Brian-Doyle Murray)
... Big Teddy
... Trina
I.M. Hobson ... Headmaster Timmons
... Thomas
David H. Sterry ... Lance (as David Sterry)
... William Mayweather
Edward Flotard ... Limo Driver
... Cupcake (voice)
... Old Salt In Fishing Village (as Earl Hofert)
... Calli
... Chocki


Snobby school boy goes left and mistakes the "Filthy Whore" for his millionaire dad's yacht. He joins four filthy fishermen for hijinx on the high seas. Written by Cary Pincus <pincus@aracor.com>

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blue skin | sea | boat | monster | spoof | See All (34) »


He's Setting Sail On The High Seas... Without A Rudder, A Compass, Or A Clue!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hajó hülyéje  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,513,507, 9 January 1994, Limited Release

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name "Captain Greybar" is an inside reference to the building where Chris' father, Bob Elliott, and his radio and stage partner Ray Goulding, had their "Bob and Ray" offices for many years (The well-known "Graybar Building" in NYC). Bob & Ray also had a company called GEG, which (long story short) had to be changed from Goulding-Elliott-Graybar to the differently spelled Goulding-Elliott-Greybar, under threat from the Graybar Building's lawyers. So, Chris gets the last laugh on those lawyers with the name of the tyrannical captain. See more »


After fishing Trina out of the water and having his initial dialogue exchange with her, Nathanial summons the rest of the crew to meet her. Shortly after doing so, he refers to Trina by name despite Trina not having introduced herself to him in the previous scene. See more »


Trina: And secondly, don't ever call me missy again or you'll end up losing the rest of your teeth.
Paps: Sassy little thang ain't she? Want me to give her a SPANKING?
Skunk: Why doesn't she give ME a spanking?
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Referenced in Conan: Octoparrot vs. Megakitten (2011) See more »


Written by Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (as Frank Bjorn)
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Cabin - Oh Boy!
8 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Chris Elliott's sense of humor is of the bizarre kind, and requires for the deepest understanding thereof on all levels an extremely cultivated intellect and simultaneous rejection of that traditionally conceived as the predominating cultivated aesthetic. That being said, you will not, I'm sure, misunderstand my assertion that this film is not for everyone. Perhaps it is not even for you. As you see, it has received paltry scores from the greatest part of the spectating crowds who vote on IMDb.com; but should one follow them? They have also selected such trash as Donnie Darko for placement among their trophy shelf of film. I reaffirm therefore the peculiar genial and aesthetic disposition requisite fully to enjoy Cabin Boy. It is as though one must become dumb and wise at the same time, one must see with the eyes of a fool and the heart of a sage. The film student, who possesses in varied solution this talent, will also notice how exquisite, how carefully adorned the sets are, how precise the sceneries, how composed the artful tableaux, how peerless and true the cast, how poetic each word spoken.

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