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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:

Once you let him into your house, you'll never get him out of your life! 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, Wide Release

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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Trivia

A scene from Play Misty for Me (1971) can be seen on the television near the beginning of the movie, in which Clint Eastwood is stalked by a psychotic clinger, obviously an influence on the plot of this movie. Eastwood also starred in The Dead Pool (1988) and Pink Cadillac (1989), in both there were early appearances from Jim Carrey. 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: [using Cable Guy's advice to Robin] I don't listen to you. I pretend to understand, but I'm really just saying the things that I think you want to hear. And I'm interested in learning about every detail of the complicated splendor that is you.
Robin Harris: Oh.
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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 some video versions, Steven's dream when Chip bust up the door is cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is
Written by Mark Walk and Lesley Rankine
Produced by Mark Walk
Performed by Lesley Rankine (as Ruby)
Courtesy of Creation Records/The WORK Group/The Licensed Repertoire Division
of Sony Music
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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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