The Plumber

  • 1980
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

Australian director Peter Weir (WITNESS) shows his directorial skill here by taking the flimsiest of material and turning it into a taut, tension-packed thriller, while getting in his jabs at hypocritical college-educated liberals. The premise is a simple one--Judy Morris, a married anthropologist living in a Sydney highrise, is psychologically terrorized...read more

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Australian director Peter Weir (WITNESS) shows his directorial skill here by taking the flimsiest of material and turning it into a taut, tension-packed thriller, while getting in his jabs at hypocritical college-educated liberals. The premise is a simple one--Judy Morris, a married

anthropologist living in a Sydney highrise, is psychologically terrorized by Ivar Kants, a plumber who invades her apartment and proceeds to drive her into a state of near-hysteria. Though neither Morris nor her university professor husband, Robert Coleby, called for a plumber, the disheveled

Kants appears at their door, his gear in hand. A seemingly minor repair becomes a major project and Max sticks around for a couple of days, talking about his time in prison and making an incredible, wholly impractical, design out of the bathroom pipes. Meanwhile Jill is trying to prepare a paper

on the artifacts and masks of New Guinea natives, drawing on a past encounter with a witch doctor whose photograph is prominently displayed. What is most frightening in THE PLUMBER is the fear of what may happen. The viewer, like Morris, is made terribly uneasy by Kants' mysterious presence.

You're never quite sure what he wants or what he is capable of doing. Photographed on 16mm for Australian television.

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  • Released: 1980
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Australian director Peter Weir (WITNESS) shows his directorial skill here by taking the flimsiest of material and turning it into a taut, tension-packed thriller, while getting in his jabs at hypocritical college-educated liberals. The premise is a simple… (more)

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