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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.

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Max
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Brian Cowper
Candy Raymond ...
Meg
Henri Szeps ...
David Medavoy
Yomi Abioudan ...
Dr. Matu (as Yomi Abiodun)
Beverley Roberts ...
Dr. Japari
Bruce Rosen ...
Dr. Don Felder
Daphne Grey ...
Caretaker's Wife
Meme Thorne ...
Anna (as Mémé Thorne)
David Burchell ...
Professor Cato
Paul Sonkkila ...
Reg the Cleaner
Pam Sanders ...
Ananas
Rick Hart ...
Detective
Giovanni Giglio ...
Italian Singer
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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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She opened her door to the plumber...and five days of mental torment that would change her life. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wenn der Klempner kommt  »

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AUD 150,000 (estimated)
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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently, in real life, director Peter Weir once had a plumber over to his house to do some work and the plumber said: "I rented that film of yours the other night. So that's what you think of us eh?" 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

Max: I was just gonna' say, you've got problems. Whoever did the pipes in this block oughta' be shot. It's a wonder the place hasn't flooded!
Jill Cowper: Well, what's wrong with them, exactly?
Max: Well, your pipes - if you'll pardon the expression - are buggered.
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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Lost World
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Music by Keith Mansfield
Bruton Music Ltd
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Peter Weir's "thriller" movie is a rare find.
27 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

Search for any kind of movie in the video stores and you'll discover that somebody had to accomplish something in the motion picture industry. THE PLUMBER is the perfect example, coming from a man who may win special honors for THE TRUMAN SHOW. Calling it a horror movie is an exaggeration on its own, but the plot is nerve-tingling as a plumber disrupts an Aussie woman's life through his wild behavior. It all adds to the panic of suspense. To make a political statement about this film, it shows that social and moral values decay in this global community we live and breathe by. Peter Weir must be given a big hand on his films, and this one needs not to be left behind in the abyss of forgotten movies.


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