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The Census Taker (1984)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  23 January 1984 (USA)
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Exasperated by his intrusions, a family shoots a census taker and tries to hide his body from a detective.

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Robert
William R. Bremer ...
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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

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

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Comedy | Crime

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

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

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

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28 November 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Came across this movie just recently, and found it quite a good suspense thriller. The tension builds gradually, as the census taker asks all kinds of impertinent questions, thus invoking the wrath of the married couple. Complications ensue, and the body count mounts. A grim comedy, with several twists.


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