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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.

Director:

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:

Steven Kovacs needed his cable hooked up...The Cable Guy needed a friend...But is free cable worth all this? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,240,295

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,825,796
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Technical Specs

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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

Several scenes appear in the trailer that do not appear in the film. Among these scenes are: The Cable Guy (Jim Carrey) and Robin (Leslie Mann) are having lunch outdoors, The Cable Guy tells Robin that Steven (Matthew Broderick) is "gonna need some tough love." Steven and Robin leaving his parent's house after hitting The Cable Guy, with Robin looking upset and Steven telling her that The Cable Guy leaves him messages night and day and never leaves him alone. The Cable Guy walking up to Steven during the evening at his parent's house and telling him to not mess with him. Another shot of The Cable Guy through the eye hole in the door after knocking excessively and yelling "Cable Guy!" Additional footage of The Cable Guy calling through the telephone wires trying to call Steven. The Cable Guy holding two beans in his upper lip to make it look like a mustache. The Cable Guy and someone else popping up from behind a couch and surprising Steven, and a very brief slow-motion shot of Steven staring at something off-camera with an uncomfortable face during dinner (presumably The Cable Guy). See more »

Goofs

The answering machine owned by Steven is a digital machine. It does not use a tape to record messages. Therefore, when Steven hits the "skip" button, you should not hear the tape fast forwarding, because there isn't one. Also, you should not hear the tape clicking on a new message. See more »

Quotes

Steven: Can I get a knife or fork?
Wench: There were no utensils in medieval times, hence there are no utensils AT Medieval Times. Would you like a refill on that Pepsi?
Steven: There were no utensils but there was Pepsi?
Wench: Dude, I got a lot of tables.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Get Outta My Head
Written by David Lowery and Johnny Hickman (as John Hickman)
Produced by David Lowery and Dennis Herring
Performed by Cracker
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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watch it again. highly underrated
2 October 2004 | by mr_maximus-1See all my reviews

the most astonishing thing about the cable guy is that it simply wasn't liked by critics! however, this was to be expected given the way it was promoted. Not just another Jim Carrey "stupid humour" movie as it was unfortuanately promoted as, the cable guy was an entirely different genre; a comedy so dark it bordered on horror/thriller. and it is utterly brilliant.

to watch this movie a second time is highly recommended, as is an open mind to the dark web that Ben Stiller weaves masterfully. The actors fill their roles extremely well; Broderick perhaps a little underwhelming, but Carrey's astonishingly dark and eerie portrayal of his character carries the film. the cameos are brilliant, and show the respect the movie received by those who read the script, with many top actors willing to appear for only short roles. in the vein of other Stiller comedies that must not be taken at face value, such as the classic Zoolander, this film genuinely needs a repeat viewing. and try to forget Carrey was ever Ace Ventura before you watch the movie. naysayers will be converted!

full marks!


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