The Cable Guy

Columbia Pictures Released 1996




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Ben Stiller

The Cable Guy is a story about a cable installer with an obsessive personality who would kill to win the friendship of his latest customer, literally. Steven Kovacs has recently moved into a new apartment after things go sour between him and his ex-girlfriend, Robin. Steven has cable installed at his new place. Carrey plays Chip, the cable guy who arrives to install Steven's cable. Steven appreciates Chip's work, and Chip thinks he's made a new friend. Chip begins calling Steven to hang out constantly, demanding they hang out all the time. As Steven tries to work things out with Robin and see his other friends, he realizes Chip doesn't want anyone to distract Steven from their new friendship.


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Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

Sam Sweet / Stan Sweet

David Cross

David Cross

Sales Manager

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Medieval Times Waitress

Andy Dick

Andy Dick

Medieval Times Host

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    • Taglines:
      1. Are you ready to get wired?
      2. Once you're hooked... you're his.
      3. There's No Such Thing as Free Cable.
      4. He came...He saw...He tormented...
      5. For Steven Kovacs, the price of cable is about to go up.
      6. Once you let him into your house, you'll never get him out of your life!
      7. Steven Kovacs needed his cable hooked up...The Cable Guy needed a friend...But is free cable worth all this?

    • Other production companies:
      Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
      Licht / Mueller Film Corporation

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    • Production budget - $47,000,000
      Domestic gross - $60,240,295 (23rd)
      Worldwide gross - $102,825,796 (29th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $110,803,982
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $189,134,326


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Comedy, Drama, Horror


outcasts, characters with hidden agendas, disturbing but funny, Dark Comedy, pop culture observations