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The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 14 June 1996 (USA)
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A lonely and mentally 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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Ben Stiller

Writer:

Lou Holtz Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Keith Gibbs ... Basketball Player
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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>

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Taglines:

For Steven Kovacs, the price of cable is about to go up. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for dark thematic elements and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cable Guy See more »

Filming Locations:

Buena Park, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,806,226, 16 June 1996

Gross USA:

$60,240,295

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,825,796
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital | DTS | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Cable Guy uses several names throughout the film. Chip and Ernie Douglas. Larry Tate. Ricky Ricardo. But they're all false. They are taken from television shows - Chip and Ernie Douglas from My Three Sons (1960), Larry Tate from Bewitched (1964), and Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy (1951).We never find out his real name, so the credits just call him "The Cable Guy". See more »

Goofs

At the karaoke party, Chip sings "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson Airplane, which he says was featured in Gimme Shelter, the documentary about The Rolling Stones concert at Altamont. Jefferson Airplane plays "The Other Side of This Life" in the movie, not "Somebody to Love." See more »

Quotes

Steven: You know, my brother is a speech therapist.
Chip Douglas: Tho?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In order to qualify for a 12 certificate, all UK versions of this film were cut by 4 seconds to remove some imitable violence. The cut occurs towards the end, when Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, are fighting on top of the TV satellite. A shot of Carrey headbutting Broderick has been removed as well as a brief ear-clap. The cuts were waived in July 2017, although the uncut version has yet to receive a UK release. See more »

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Joker Noir on TeeVee
24 July 2008 | by tedgSee 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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