MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,337 this week

The Census Taker (1984)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  23 January 1984 (USA)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 141 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 2 critic

Exasperated by his intrusions, a family shoots a census taker and tries to hide his body from a detective.

Director:

(as Bruce Randall Cook)

Writers:

(as Bruce Randall Cook) ,
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 200 titles
created 10 Dec 2011
 
a list of 848 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
a list of 97 titles
created 29 Sep 2013
 
a list of 623 titles
created 24 Apr 2014
 
a list of 99 titles
created 23 May 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "The Census Taker" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Census Taker (1984)

The Census Taker (1984) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Census Taker.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A crooked sheriff in a small Southern town frames an ex-convict in a drug bust and takes his girlfriend.

Director: Jack Starrett
Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Susan George, Bo Hopkins
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford, as the title states, the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Scheerer
Stars: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Jessica Lange
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set in fictional Fernwood, Ohio, this deliriously demented serial focused on the beleaguered heroine Mary Hartman, an average American housewife. In the first year, Mary suffered the ... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Mullavey, Louise Lasser, Graham Jarvis
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dubbed "The Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution's narrative convinced ... See full summary »

Director: Erin Lee Carr
Stars: Violet Blue, James A. Cohen, Alan M. Dershowitz
Caddyshack II (1988)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

When a crass new-money tycoon's membership application is turned down at a snooty country club, he retaliates by buying the club and turning it into a tacky amusement park.

Director: Allan Arkush
Stars: Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon
The Producers (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn
Ned Rifle (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Henry and Fay's son Ned sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother's life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family.

Director: Hal Hartley
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken
Nightwish (1989)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A professor and four graduate students journey to a crumbling mansion to investigate paranormal activity and must battle ghosts, aliens and satanic entities.

Director: Bruce R. Cook
Stars: Brian Thompson, Jack Starrett, Elizabeth Kaitan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
George
...
Martha
...
Harvey
Austen Tayler ...
Eva
...
Pete
Troy Alexander ...
Edward
Erin-Bruce Tolcharian ...
Robert
William R. Bremer ...
Sheriff
Laine Walker-McGrew ...
Woman with Broom
Laura Sorrenson ...
Woman in Leopard-skin Pants (as Roxanne Rolle)
Anne Dubroff ...
Women in Robe
Roxy Kim ...
Punk Girl
Jennifer Finch ...
Punk Girl
Edit

Storyline

The fictional suburban community of Appleton is turned upside down thanks to Harvey McGraw, an annoying census taker who's in charge of checking the neighborhood's population. When Harvey visits George and Martha Dade, they reluctantly invite him in, but when the questionnaire turns too personal for the couple, they accidentally shoot him in the forehead. They are then forced to hide his body from their company, Martha's sister Eva and her husband Pete, a former detective. When he discovers Harvey's body in the kitchen closet, a bright future is very unlikely for George and Martha. Written by Kyle J. McElravy

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Four lovers with everything to hide. One stranger with nothing to lose. Will they survive.... You'll die laughing.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Husbands, Wives, Money & 'Murder'  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The filmmakers chose The Residents to perform the soundtrack as they were suggested by Penn Jilette. See more »

Goofs

In the close-up shot of George and Pete's lifeless bodies, Timothy Bottoms can be seen breathing. See more »

Connections

References Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

was garrett morris vehicle, now residents music gem
17 December 2002 | by (Lancaster PA) – See all my reviews

I remember the original appearance of this film - it had all the corporate venality of the SNL product we've come to accept as so much saturation in movies over the last two decades, and was DOA in theatres when released.

Today however, the movie has a bizarre level of subliminal black humor that manages to play pretty entertainingly; it also has incidental music by the Residents throughout (mostly stuff from the Commercial Album), which works surprisingly well.

Overall, the movie is similar in feel to Eating Raoul, or the late 70s tv show Mary Hartman, in terms of questionable funniness but sustained 'edginess'. Speaking of MH, MH, the husband reprises his role here, more or less; his Martin Mull-ish cop buddy, IMO, was the comic highlight of the film.


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Census Taker (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?