Cabin Boy

Infobox Film
name = Cabin Boy

caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Adam Resnick
producer = Barry Bernardi (Executive Producer)
Tim Burton (Producer)
Denise Di Novi (Producer)
Steve White (Executive Producer)
writer = Story:
Chris Elliott
Adam Resnick
Adam Resnick
starring = Chris Elliott
Andy Richter
James Gammon
Melora Walters
David Letterman
Alfred Molina
music = Steve Bartek
cinematography = Steve Yaconelli
editing = Jon Poll
distributor = Touchstone Pictures
released = flagicon|USA January 7, 1994
runtime = 80 Min
country = United States
language = English
budget = $10,000,000
amg_id = 1:131107
imdb_id = 0109361

"Cabin Boy" is a fantasy film released in 1994 by Touchstone Pictures and produced by Tim Burton which starred comedian Chris Elliott. Elliott co-wrote the film with Adam Resnick. Both men worked for the "Late Night with David Letterman" TV show in the 1980s, as well as the short-lived Fox sitcom "Get A Life" in the early 1990s.

The project was originally to be directed by Tim Burton, who had contacted Chris Elliott after seeing Get a Life episode "Neptune 2000". Writer Adam Resnick took over the direction after Burton was offered the film "Ed Wood".

The film initially fared poorly in the box office but later found modest success on home video. It has gained something of a cult following.

Plot summary

Elliott plays a virginal snobby "fancy lad" school boy named Nathaniel Mayweather, who, upon graduation, mistakes the fishing ship "The Filthy Whore" for the "Queen Catherine", a luxury cruise liner bound for Hawaii. Mayweather learns of his mistake only after the ship sets sail, so he is forced to do his best to convince the four filthy seamen to take him to Hawaii to be reunited with his hotel-owner father, played by Elliott's real life father, Bob Elliott.

Nathanial convinces the ship's cabin boy, Kenny, to change course for Hawaii, but when they land in a storm in Hell's Bucket, Kenny is knocked overboard and Nathaniel must take over the role of ship's cabin boy. The crew (and accidental passenger) of "The Filthy Whore" then encounter a number of strange and disturbing beings as they continue on through Hell's Bucket, including an iceberg monster and Chocki the man-shark. Nathaniel also fishes out a woman from the ocean, iron worker and swimmer Trina, played by Melora Walters.

The film includes a brief appearance from Elliott's former boss, David Letterman, as the crusty fishing village sock monkey salesman. He utters his famous line; "Would you like to buy a monkey?" Letterman preferred to be credited as "Earl Hofert" for his role. It also features former "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" sidekick Andy Richter as the "Filthy Whore's" dullard of a first mate, Kenny. "Cabin Boy" also features a brief, uncredited cameo appearance by Alfred Molina as Nathaniel's teacher.

The crass fishermen are played by Ritch Brinkley ("Get A Life"), Brian Doyle-Murray ("Get A Life"), James Gammon ("Major League") and Brion James.

Pop culture

Hip-Hop producer Dan The Automator uses "Nathaniel Merriweather" as an alias when working on projects with Prince Paul, most notably on the album "Nathaniel Merriweather presents Lovage: Music to Make Love To Your Old Lady By". Furthermore, Dan and Paul together form the group Handsome Boy Modeling School, a name taken from an episode of Elliot's FOX sitcom "Get A Life!". Finally, Dan The Automator has released a compilation album entitled Wanna Buy A Monkey? in a reference to Letterman's character in Cabin Boy.

Cabin Boy makes yet another appearance in a Dan the Automator production with the sci-fi hip-hop album released by Kool Keith alias: Dr. Octagon. A sample of the conversation concerning Chris Elliot's discovery of Sharky occurs on the album during the intro to the track "Halfsharkalligatorhalfman".

The film's opening premise bears a striking similarity to Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. Both stories center on spoiled rich boys trapped among rough and tumble fishermen who have no respect for their rank or wealth.

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