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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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For Steven Kovacs, the price of cable is about to go up. 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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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scene at Medieval Times where Chip Douglas asks for Steven's chicken skin and then performs his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) impression was all improvised. During one take, Jim Carrey asked for the chicken skin out of nowhere. After doing the "Silence of the Lambs" bit, director Ben Stiller loved it and wanted to keep it in the film even though it wasn't in the script. If you look at Matthew Broderick's face during this scene, you can tell he is cracking up. His reaction is a genuine laugh. Chip's impression is of course of Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins). Broderick and Hopkins appeared together in The Road to Welville (1994) See more »

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The satellite dish has no transmitting or receiving device on the apex. Only another mini-dish. See more »

Quotes

Chip Douglas: The blue knight rules! The red knight sucks the big one! Down, down, down. Right knight goin' down. Down, down, down. Red knight goin' down.
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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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Daring tragi-comedy which satirises the effect of TV on the modern world. Carrey's song in the famous karaoke scene is NOT TO BE MISSED!
14 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Matthew Broderick asked his girl to marry him and she asked him to move out. The eccentric guy who shows up to install cable in his new pad arrives just at the right time to become his friend. Only The Cable Guy (Jim Carrey) wants to be a little closer than Broderick is comfortable with...

The Cable Guy is a brave and daring tragi-comedy, a rare sort of movie where you're laughing one minute and scared the next.

I'm not sure if we'll ever get another chance to see Jim Carrey go this far out on a limb: director Ben Stiller has seemingly given him total carte blanche, resulting in a seemingly completely over-the-top characterisation, yet not so over the top that we can't get involved in the plot and take what his character does as really happening.

Notice the way that the cable guy often mimics moments from his favourite movies and works them into his controlling of the plot of this movie - or how he starts humming movie-music along to certain scenes, while the actual music of the movie mirrors the music the cable guy is creating. This will clue you into the other subtle elements which add towards this movie's satire of the effect TV has had on the modern psyche.

Its worth the price of rental alone to see Carrey's rendition of "Don't You Want Somebody to Love" in the famous karaoke scene.

After repeated viewings since its initial release, its one of the most memorable Carrey comedies, and one of the most memorable flicks of the 90's. 4/5.


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