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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.

Director:

Bruce R. Cook (as Bruce Randall Cook)

Writers:

Bruce R. Cook (as Bruce Randall Cook), Gordon M. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview:
Greg Mullavey ... George
Meredith MacRae ... Martha
Garrett Morris ... Harvey
Austen Tayler Austen Tayler ... Eva
Timothy Bottoms ... Pete
Troy Alexander Troy Alexander ... Edward
Erin-Bruce Tolcharian Erin-Bruce Tolcharian ... Robert
William R. Bremer William R. Bremer ... Sheriff
Laine Walker-McGrew Laine Walker-McGrew ... Woman with Broom
Laura Sorrenson Laura Sorrenson ... Woman in Leopard-skin Pants (as Roxanne Rolle)
Anne Dubroff Anne Dubroff ... Women in Robe
Roxy Kim 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Husbands, Wives, Money & 'Murder' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Argentum Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the final census tally on the screen before the end credits, a man can be heard saying "Is it recording?" meaning is the music being recorded during the session. See more »

Goofs

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

Crazy Credits

The cast names and the technical credits are "typed" onto the screen during the opening scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Trans World Entertainment VHS release was called HUSBANDS, WIVES, MONEY, AND MURDER with a video-generated title card over the Argentum Productions logo and its original title. Plus the opening credits were yellow/gold than its original white. See more »

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

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Interesting black comedy with an odd concept

This obscure 1984 comedy works thanks to Garrett Morris' performance as intrusive census taker Harvey McGraw, who disrupts a quiet dinner for a suburban couple. the Dades (real-life couple Greg Mullavey and Meredith MacRae) and their smart-mouth teenage kids Robert and George III. When their sons go out for the evening, the questionnaire McGraw conducts turns personal and the enraged couple shoot him dead. They must hide the body from their arriving company, Pete (a local detective) and his wife Eva.

Though there's not really any laugh-out-loud moments to be had, there's several unique plot twists throughout the movie. No clue if this film was ever released theatrically, though it was issued on VHS under the more appropriate title Husbands, Wives, Money & Murder.


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