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Encyclopedia > The Cable Guy
The Cable Guy
Directed by Ben Stiller
Produced by Judd Apatow
Andrew Licht
Written by Lou Holtz Jr.
Starring Jim Carrey
Matthew Broderick
Leslie Mann
Jack Black
George Segal
Ben Stiller
Andy Dick
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Robert Brinkmann
Editing by Steve Weisberg
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 14, 1996
Running time 96 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $47,000,000
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For the comedian, see Larry the Cable Guy.

The Cable Guy is a 1996 dark comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick , Leslie Mann and Jack Black. The Cable Guy movie poster, with an image of Jim Carrey. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... Judd Apatow (born December 6, 1967, in Syosset, New York)[1] is an Emmy-winning American screenwriter, director, and producer. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... Leslie Mann (born November 11, 1972 [1]) is an American actress. ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... George Segal George Segal (born February 13, 1934) is a well-known Jewish American film and stage actor who was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... Andrew R. Dick[1] (born December 21, 1965) is an American comedian and actor best known for his roles in the popular sitcoms NewsRadio and Less Than Perfect. ... John Ottman (born July 6, 1964 in San Diego, California) is an American film editor, composer and director. ... Steve Weisberg, born 1963 in Norfolk, Va. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Daniel Lawrence Whitney (born February 17, 1963 in Pawnee City, Nebraska), better known by the stage name Larry the Cable Guy, is a stand up comedian, actor, and one of the co-stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. ... The year 1996 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about a tone of comedy. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... Leslie Mann (born November 11, 1972 [1]) is an American actress. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ...


It became famous for being star Jim Carrey's first $20,000,000 paycheck, which was the then-highest amount ever paid to a comedic actor in an American-made major motion picture.

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Main Characters & Plot

Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) is a cable installer who installs Steven Kovacs' (Matthew Broderick) cable television service. After he illegally gives Steven free pay channels, Chip believes he and Steven have struck up a friendship. Although Chip behaves in an offputting manner, Steven comes to like his new pal. Chip shows his affection in odd ways such as arranging a duel between the two, giving Steven a massive entertainment system, and paying for a gorgeous prostitute to have sex with Steven. But not long passes before Chip's bizarre behavior exhausts Steven's patience, leading him to forcefully break off their friendship. Chip snaps, and resorts to stalking Steven and his girlfriend Robin (Leslie Mann). James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... For other uses, see Friendship (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Stalking (disambiguation). ... Leslie Mann (born November 11, 1972 [1]) is an American actress. ...


Cast

The film features cameo performances by Ben Stiller (as child actors Sam and Stan Sweet), Owen Wilson (as Robin's date), Janeane Garofalo (as the Medieval Times waitress), Andy Dick (as the Medieval Times Host), Eric Roberts (as himself), Tabitha Soren (as herself), George Segal (as Steven's father), Diane Baker (as Steven's mother), Kyle Gass (as a couch potato), Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (as Steven's brother and a co-worker of Steven's respectively), and Kathy Griffin (as the cable guy's mother). James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his roles as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off and Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... Leslie Mann (born November 11, 1972 [1]) is an American actress. ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... Owen Cunningham Wilson (born November 18, 1968) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and writer. ... Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radios The Majority Report. ... Medieval Times location in Schaumburg, Illinois. ... Andrew R. Dick[1] (born December 21, 1965) is an American comedian and actor best known for his roles in the popular sitcoms NewsRadio and Less Than Perfect. ... Medieval Times location in Schaumburg, Illinois. ... Eric Anthony Roberts (born on April 18, 1956, in Biloxi, Mississippi) is an Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ... Tabitha Soren (born Tabitha Lee Sornberger on August 19, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas) was a reporter for MTV News. ... George Segal George Segal (born February 13, 1934) is a well-known Jewish American film and stage actor who was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. ... Diane Baker (born February 25, 1938) is an American actress. ... Kyle Richard Gass (born July 14, 1960)[1] is an American actor and a member of the band Tenacious D (along with Jack Black) and Trainwreck. ... The logo Mr. ... Robert Bob Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. ... David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and actor. ... Kathy Griffin (born November 4, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American stand-up comedienne, Producer, and actress. ...


Critical Responses

Reactions

The Cable Guy is regarded as having a darker tone than most of Carrey's previous work, in that in the film, he plays the antagonist, a stalker. Audiences had mixed reactions to this change of character for Carrey and movie critics gave mixed reviews. The movie scored 47% on the 'Tomatometer'[1], giving it a rotten score. Despite the perception that the movie was a failure, the Cable Guy made a profit at the box office [2]. Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films, individually and collectively. ...


Revenues

The movie earned $19,806,226 during its opening weekend, and over the course of time, grossed approximately $100,700,000 worldwide. In economics gross means before deductions (brutto), e. ...


Awards & Nominations

1997 MTV Movie Awards

  • Best Comedic Performance - Jim Carrey (won)
  • Best Villain - Jim Carrey (won)

Edits (United Kingdom)

In the UK, four seconds from the final fight between Chip and Steven is edited out, to remove shots of Chip headbutting Steven. A further one second edit is made to remove a double earclap.


Goofs

During the Karaoke scene, right before Jim Carrey (as Chip Douglas) sings his version of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love", he claims that the song was featured in the documentary "Gimme Shelter". This is a mistake on either Chip's or the scriptwriter's part. According to various setlists, "Somebody To Love" was performed at the Altamont Festival by the Airplane, but the song featured in "Gimme Shelter" was the Airplane's famous cover of the Fred Neil song, "The Other Side Of This Life". Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Somebody to Love is a well-known rock song by 1960s folk-psychedelic band The Great Society. ... Gimme Shelter is a 1970 documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, chronicling the Rolling Stones 1969 US tour, which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. ... Fred Neil (March 16, 1936 – July 7, 2001) was an important American blues and folk singer and songwriter in the 1960s and early 1970s. ...


References and Connections to Other Films, Television & Other media

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 Academy Award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ... This article is about an American television sitcom. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... For other uses, see Goldeneye (disambiguation). ... My Three Sons was a situation comedy that ran from September 29, 1960 to August 24, 1972. ... This article is about the NBC sitcom. ... The Jetsons is a prime-time animated television series that was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... The Jerry Springer Show is an internationally known[1] American television tabloid talk show, hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician. ... All in the Family is an acclaimed American situation comedy that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971 to April 8, 1979. ... Press Your Luck is an American television daytime game show originally broadcast on CBS from 1983 to 1986 where contestants collected spins by answering trivia questions, and then used the spins on an 18-space gameboard full of cash and prizes. ... Field of Dreams (1989) is a movie about a farmer who becomes convinced by a mysterious voice that he is supposed to construct a baseball diamond in his corn field. ... Friday the 13th is a 1980 independent slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. ... Midnight Express is a 1978 film, based on Billy Hayes book of the same name adapted into screenplay by Oliver Stone. ... This article is about the 1995 sci-fi film. ... I Love Lucy is a television situation comedy, starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, also featuring Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... The Facts of Life was an American sitcom which ran on the NBC network from August 24, 1979 to May 7, 1988. ... Professional wrestling is a form of performance entertainment where the participants engage in simulated sporting matches. ... Gimme Shelter is a 1970 documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, chronicling the Rolling Stones 1969 US tour, which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. ... Ren and Stimpy are the title characters of two cartoon TV series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. ... Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron. ... Play Misty for Me is a 1971 thriller film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... Wolf is a 1994 horror film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Christopher Plummer, Om Puri and Kate Nelligan. ... The Incredible Hulk was an American television series loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. ... Free Willy is a 1993 Warner Bros. ... For the TV series, see The Fugitive (TV series). ... The White Shadow was a U.S. drama television series that ran on the CBS network from November 27, 1978 to March 16, 1981. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... Platoon is an Academy Award winning 1986 Vietnam War film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and John C. McGinley. ... This article is about the film. ... For other uses, see Mortal Kombat. ... For the Australian cricketer nicknamed Dizzy, see Jason Gillespie. ... North by Northwest (1959) is a comic thriller by Alfred Hitchcock produced at MGM. It was premiered in the San Sebastian International Film Festival. ... Emergency! was a popular crime drama/medical television series that was produced by Mark VII Limited (Jack Webbs company) and distributed by Universal Studios. ... The word vamp, Vamp, or VAMP can mean any of the following: Vamp (music), a repeating figure. ... Not to be confused with C.O.P.S. (TV series). ... The Brady Bunch is an American television situation comedy, based around a large blended family. ...

Trivia

  • The cable guy's Silence of the Lambs parody during the Medieval Times scene was completely ad-libbed by Carrey. Director Ben Stiller liked it so much that he decided to keep it in the final product.
  • Even though Judd Apatow is only credited as a producer, he is responsible for writing many of the film's scenes as well as much of its dialogue. However, Writers Guild of America regulations kept his name off of the credits, which Apatow initially contested.
  • Both members of the band Tenacious D appear as characters in the film: Jack Black portrays Steven's close friend Rick while Kyle Gass cameos as a couch potato who decides to read a book after a cable outage affects the town at the end of the film.
  • The cable guy gives Steven three false names:
  • Ernie Douglas (though his friends call him "Chip"): A reference to Chip and Ernie Douglas, two principal characters from My Three Sons.
  • Larry Tate: A character from Bewitched.
  • Ricky Ricardo: A character from I Love Lucy.
  • In addition, Jack Black's character mentions more pseudonyms the cable guy has used (including Darren Stevens from Bewitched).
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer, while browsing through a movie and television exhibit, sees a copy of the Cable Guy script on display. Enraged, he tears it from its wall frame and rips it to shreds, lambasting it for "nearly ruining Jim Carrey's career."
  • When injured from his fall, Jim Carrey (as Chip Douglas) calls for a medic with an obvious reference to the seventies television series, Emergency!.
  • Jim Carrey refers to professional wrestling in a scene where he is beating Owen Wilson saying "Right into the buckle! That's gotta hurt, Gene!" Carrey was referring to "Mean" Gene Okerlund, a WCW commentator at the time.
  • The script was written for Chris Farley at first, but Farley stepped down to do Black Sheep and Jim Carrey was cast.

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See also

Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Reviews

  • Review at Movie-Gazette.com
  • Review at reelviews.net

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