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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.

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 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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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

Chip impersonates Beavis from Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) (TV Series) when he shoots at Steven with the staple gun in the satellite confrontation scene. See more »

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When Chip first installs Steven's cable, Chip is drilling into the drywall from the inside to install a cable from the outside as evidenced by the 12" drill bit Chip was using. However, Steven's building is made of brick, so it would have been impossible for Chip to drill through that. See more »

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The Cable Guy: Women are a labyrinth, my friend. Can I be frank? I don't think you listen to her. I think you tell her what she wants to hear. She wants you to thirst for knowledge about who she is, all the complicated splendor that is women. When your love is truly giving, it will come back to you ten fold.
Steven Kovacs: You're right. That's incredibly insightful.
The Cable Guy: I know. It was Jerry Springer's final thought on Friday's show.
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The Columbia logo at the beginning of the movie segues into static from Steven's cable TV. See more »

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Salt Peanuts
Written by Dizzy Gillespie (as John 'Dizzy' Gillespie), Kenny Clarke, Jeff Cohen & Bruce Good
Performed by Dizzy Gillespie
Courtesy of Discovery Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Different Slant...
25 July 2004 | by StevieheugeSee all my reviews

The Cable Guy has now all but been forgotten by the movie world. It was released when Jim Carrey was on his way to being the new A list comedian, and thus, was considered only a slightly funny version of 'Ace Venture'. or The Mask' Or whatever. Personally, I don't consider The Cable Guy a comedy at all. Sure, there are some side splitting moments - Carrey is hilarious alongside Matthew Broderick's by the numbers 'average Joe', but id suggest that anyone who was not taken in by this film to look at it a little differently...

This is a horror film. I swear!

For me, Chip Douglas does not come across to me as a harmless lisping clingy chump - HELL NO! The guy is a maniac. An obsessive, intelligent, controlling, stalking "Fatal Attraction" styled nutter!

Watch it again!

For me, this is Jim Carrey's career launching performance. He has a lisp right? after a while, you don't really notice it do you? Right. This is an incredibly difficult task for an actor - maintaining a speech impediment for an entire film, keeping it level, and not exaggerating it, its really something to take a look at. Carrey's character is sick, and very very creepy. With Broderick et al giving relatively standard performances, Carrey's performance is a stand out, and Ben Stiller should be proud of this film and what it lead to in terms of Jim Carrey's career.

Trust me, if you didn't like this, take another look, and prepare to be freaked out by a very not funny, very creepy Carrey performance...

8/10


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