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The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Cable Guy
... Steven M. Kovacs
... Robin Harris
... Rick
... Steven's Father
... Steven's Mother
... Sam Sweet / Stan Sweet
... Eric Roberts
... Medieval Times Waitress
... Medieval Times Host
Harry O'Reilly ... Steven's Boss
... Sales Manager
... Steven's Secretary
... Robin's Date
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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Steven Kovacs needed his cable hooked up...The Cable Guy needed a friend...But is free cable worth all this? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Cable Guy  »

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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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(8 channels)|

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Mann, who played Robin Harris in the film, read with Judd Apatow for her audition. Apatow read Jim Carrey's part. They got married in 1997. See more »

Goofs

At Steven's parents' house, Steven calls Chip a "bastard" and covers his mouth in shock at what he said. In the next shot, his hand is no longer over his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Steven Kovacs: You know, I'm embarassed to say this but I don't even know your name.
Chip Douglas: You really wanna know my name? You do?
Steven Kovacs: Sure.
Chip Douglas: [after pause] It's Ernie Douglas. But my friends call me Chip.
[Smiles at Steven]
Steven Kovacs: Um... Goodbye.
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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 »

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Features The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) 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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I liked it
10 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Some people really hated the movie. I saw it, I'll note I saw it on video and frankly I loved it. I think this was the start of Carrey really coming out although it has a couple of crude jokes I could have done without. You really feel for Broderick who starts out having a slightly annoying friend and ends up dealing with a stalker! Somehow the stalker goes from being exceedingly annoying to outsiders gaining acceptance from everybody around his victim. He casts a spell having his victim believe that he is in danger of losing everything if he does not co-operate with his tomentor. Anyway, if you like a bit of light dark comedy and order a pizza, I think the movie is worth a watch.


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