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Cabin Boy (1994)

A foul-mouthed finishing school graduate mistakenly winds up on an ill-fated fishing boat and faces the wrath of a crew that considers him bad luck.


Adam Resnick


Chris Elliott (story), Adam Resnick (story) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Elliott ... Nathanial Mayweather
Ritch Brinkley ... Captain Greybar
James Gammon ... Paps
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Skunk (as Brian-Doyle Murray)
Brion James ... Big Teddy
Melora Walters ... Trina
I.M. Hobson I.M. Hobson ... Headmaster Timmons
Alex Nevil ... Thomas
David H. Sterry David H. Sterry ... Lance (as David Sterry)
Bob Elliott ... William Mayweather
Edward Flotard Edward Flotard ... Limo Driver
Jim Cummings ... Cupcake (voice)
David Letterman ... Old Salt In Fishing Village (as Earl Hofert)
Ann Magnuson ... Calli
Russ Tamblyn ... Chocki


Snobby school boy goes left and mistakes the "Filthy Whore" for his millionaire dad's yacht. He joins four filthy fishermen for hijinx on the high seas. Written by Cary Pincus <pincus@aracor.com>

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He's Setting Sail On The High Seas... Without A Rudder, A Compass, Or A Clue!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hajó hülyéje See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,513,507, 9 January 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Letterman appears as the "Old Salt in the Fishing Village", but the credits list him as "Earl Hofert". This is an inside joke for Letterman fans, as he also referred to himself as "Hofert" in some skits back at his old program Late Night with David Letterman (1982) on NBC. In real life, Hofert is an uncle of Letterman's on his mother's side. See more »


After fishing Trina out of the water and having his initial dialogue exchange with her, Nathanial summons the rest of the crew to meet her. Shortly after doing so, he refers to Trina by name despite Trina not having introduced herself to him in the previous scene. See more »


Old Salt in Fishing Village: Would you like to buy a monkey?
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version (at least) omits the scene taking place right after Nathanial Mayweather makes a short, snide lecture on hats at the start of the film. In the scene, he proceeds to demonstrate how to tip a hat in a rather bizarre manner. See more »


Spoofs De stormduivels (1937) See more »


Written by Junior Wells
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Bizarre comedy, but still fun to watch.
13 December 2002 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

I would have a hard time saying that this is a hilarious movie, but it's got some really good stuff to it. The film is just plain odd from beginning to end. Whoever thought this stuff up (I guess that would be Adam Resnick and Chris Elliot) has quite an imagination. As far as the comedy goes, it's actually pretty funny most of the time. I don't think I ever found myself really busting up, but I did laugh quite a few times. If you liked Chris Elliott's comedy from Saturday Night Live, than I would hope that you find this film funny.

The cast was pretty good, nothing much to complain about there. Chris Elliott did a good job with his role, pretty darn good for a first starring role. All of the shipmate characters were very well done and fun to watch. Melora Walters was personal fav of mine. I don't think I've ever seen her in anything else, but she looks absolutely fantastic in this film. Ricki Lake was an odd character/actor in the film. Her character was beyond strange, and the fact that the character was played by Ricki Lake just makes it even stranger. I also liked the fairly small role played by Mike Starr. Another high point for me was seeing Andy Richter from "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in the film. Andy seems like such a likeable guy. There is also a nice cameo of David Letterman in the film, personally, I'm not a fan of Letterman's television show, but nonetheless he was actually pretty funny in his role/cameo.

I would say that if you like Chris Elliott's comedy from Saturday Night Live, then you should go ahead an give this film a chance. It's not the greatest film you'll ever see, but it's fun and entertaining. Also, it's only 80 minutes of your life...I'm sure you can spare 80 minutes. Enjoy the film, and thanks for reading.


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