The Plumber DVD cover
|Directed by||Peter Weir|
|Produced by||Matt Carroll|
|Written by||Peter Weir|
|Music by||Rory O'Donoghue
|Editing by||Gerald Turney-Smith|
|Studio||South Australian Film Corporation|
|Distributed by||CEL (video) (1986)|
8 June 1979
|Running time||76 min|
The Plumber is a 1979 Australian film. Written and directed by Peter Weir, The Plumber was originally made and broadcast as a television film in Australia in 1979 but was subsequently released to theaters in several countries beginning with the United States in 1981. The film was made shortly after Weir's critically acclaimed Picnic at Hanging Rock became one of the first Australian films to appeal to an international audience. The film stars Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, and Robert Coleby, all of them being most notable as actors in Australian soap operas.
Max (Ivar Kants) is a plumber working in the apartment building complex into which anthropologist Jill Cowper (Judy Morris) and her husband doctor Brian (Robert Coleby) have recently moved. Max appears uninvited at the Cowper apartment claiming their plumbing needs repair, even though the couple has noticed no irregularities. Convincing them that the problems with their plumbing are not easily noticed, he begins work in their bathroom by dismantling some pipes. Max's work on the bathroom drags on for days and it becomes increasingly obvious that he is only doing more damage by tearing out walls and pipes and rendering the bathroom useless. Over time, Max begins to frighten Jill by taking the liberty to use their shower without permission and playing guitar and singing songs in the bathroom while he was supposed to be working. He also makes his way into the apartment through the roof when the door is not opened for him. The damage he caused to the bathroom eventually leads to a serious injury to a house guest who happens to be an official from the World Health Organization. The Cowpers are able to rectify the situation but Max, a self-declared "rock-and-roll rebel", is unrelenting.
Cast and characters
- Judy Morris — Jill Cowper
- Ivar Kants — Max
- Robert Coleby — Brian Cowper
- Candy Raymond — Meg
- Henri Szeps — David Medavoy
While the Rotten Tomatoes approval rating is currently N/A, the Want-to-see score is currently 28%.
- "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, Oct-Nov 1978 p137
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- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p79-80
- The Plumber at the Internet Movie Database
- The Plumber at Australian Screen Online
- The Plumber at Oz Movies
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