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.

Sep 8, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Peter Weir in a joking mood

Mar 15, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Plumber (The Mad Plumber)


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.

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