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The Plumber (1979)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie November 1981
A young couple, living in a campus apartment complex, are repeatedly harassed by an eccentric plumber, who subjects them to a series of bizarre mind games while making unnecessary repairs to their bathroom.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Peter Weir, Harold Lander (story editor)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Morris ... Jill Cowper
Ivar Kants ... Max
Robert Coleby ... Brian Cowper
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Meg
Henri Szeps Henri Szeps ... David Medavoy
Yomi Abioudan Yomi Abioudan ... Dr. Matu (as Yomi Abiodun)
Beverley Roberts Beverley Roberts ... Dr. Japari
Bruce Rosen Bruce Rosen ... Dr. Don Felder
Daphne Grey Daphne Grey ... Caretaker's Wife
Meme Thorne Meme Thorne ... Anna (as Mémé Thorne)
David Burchell David Burchell ... Professor Cato
Paul Sonkkila Paul Sonkkila ... Reg the Cleaner
Pam Sanders Pam Sanders ... Ananas
Rick Hart Rick Hart ... Detective
Giovanni Giglio Giovanni Giglio ... Italian Singer
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Storyline

In Adelaide, the wife of Dr. Brian Cowper, Jill Cowper, is writing her thesis at home for her Master's in Anthropology. When the plumber, Max, arrives unexpectedly to do a routine check and maintenance of the the bathroom pipes, Jill is stuck alone at home with the strange, talkative stranger. That day, he mentions spending some time in prison, frightening Jill. She talks about this to her friend Meg, her husband Brian and the superintendent's wife, but they all believe the plumber to be a simple, but nice man. Jill does not agree. There is a problem in the bathroom that brings Max back again, this time even longer. Over time, the tension between them increases. Finally, Jill finds a way to get rid of the plumber. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Evil takes on many disguises...for Jill it began with a knock at the door See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wenn der Klempner kommt See more »

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Budget:

AUD150,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The film's African music was, according to the closing credits, from "Musique Du Burundi", Ocora Radio France. See more »

Goofs

In the last shot of the plumber playing his guitar, there is music but he isn't moving his hands. See more »

Quotes

Jill Cowper: He's a bully! He's a perv! I'm sure he saw me changing this afternoon.
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Connections

Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Revolving Patterns
(uncredited)
Music by Keith Mansfield
Bruton Music Ltd
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Well written and directed low-budget gem
3 December 1999 | by CharlieB-5See all my reviews

Peter Weir shows how a good film can be made from a solid script and very little money.

A student of anthropology attempts to understand aboriginal tribes, but is completely baffled by the cultural chasm that separates her post-graduate sensibilities from the working-class plumber who is sent to work on her apartment. Is he malicious or misunderstood? The script is delightfully ambiguous.

A little low-budget gem.


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