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The Plumber (The Mad Plumber) (1979)





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The plumber (Ivar Kants) shows up at the door of well-to-do Australian couple Robert Coleby and Judy Cowper. Though the plumber apparently hasn't been summoned, he is given unquestioned free reign in the household. He ends up staying several days, his work and personality growing weirder with each passing day. Housewife Cowper is driven to neurotic distraction by the plumber's presence and by his iconoclastic attitudes towards everything she holds dear. Then, the plumber walks out of the flat, never to return...leaving behind a residue of paranoia and shattered values. Filmed for Australian television, The Plumber may well be the most maddening 76 minutes ever committed to celluloid. Naturally, it only served to further the reputation of its gifted writer/director Peter Weir. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Judy Morris
as Jill Cowper
Ivar Kants
as Max the Plumber
Robert Coleby
as Brain Cowper
Henri Szeps
as David Medavoy
Beverly Roberts
as Dr. Japari

Critic Reviews for The Plumber (The Mad Plumber)

All Critics (2)

A one-joke black comedy, that plays out as a nightmare.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Peter Weir in a joking mood

Full Review… | March 15, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Plumber (The Mad Plumber)


Any tension created in The Plumber is slightly deflated by the fact that this is really only half a thriller: the rest is a dark comedy about relations between the working class and the more elite (in this case, academics). It's fun and works fine overall, but that uneven balance keeps it from being either enjoyably tense or funny for the running time.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

A surprisingly effective, low-budget thriller where most of the action occurs within one small apartment. The growing tension between an exasperated housewife and an overbearing, home-wrecking plumber -- is he intentionally destructive or just incompetent? -- is developed quite well, though the ending is a bit of a letdown. Perhaps the contemporary glut of hyperventilated stalker films bred expectations of a flashier payoff. Odd how Flixster's above plot synopsis is just plain wrong.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


The Plumber (1979) -- [5.5] -- This TV movie from Peter Weir is a subdued psychological thriller about a woman who grows increasingly frustrated and fearful of an eccentric plumber. Weir throws in a little commentary on the issue of class prejudice and does a good job building suspense, but the stakes aren't high enough, the motivations not dire enough, for the movie to leave a lasting impression.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

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