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The Census Taker (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 23 January 1984 (USA)
Exasperated by his intrusions, a family shoots a census taker and tries to hide his body from a detective.

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(as Bruce Randall Cook)

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(as Bruce Randall Cook),
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Cast

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George
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Martha
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Harvey
Austen Tayler ...
Eva
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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
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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

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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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Not Rated
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23 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Husbands, Wives, Money & 'Murder'  »

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Trivia

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 »

Crazy Credits

A census tally of Appleton appears before the actual cast credits. See more »

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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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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.


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