The Plumber (The Mad Plumber) (1979)
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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.
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.
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.
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