An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult.

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This story takes place in a typical American neighborhood, when some new neighbors come to live in the house next to Ray Peterson. These new people are really strange; nobody has ever seen them, their house is a real mess, and during the night you can hear weird noises from their basement. The only thing they know is their name: Klopeks. One day Walter (an old man of the neighborhood) suddenly disappears and everyone starts to suspect the Klopeks... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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The music that plays when Lt. Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern) is introduced, and throughout the movie, is from the movie Patton, and was composed by Jerry Goldsmith. See more »

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When Carol is walking up the street trying to find Ray at the end of the film, an unmarked Ford LTD police car is seen parked outside her house with its lights on. Later, she and Ray are sitting in front of it as the detective lists the charges against Ray, and the lights are off. At the end of the scene, another detective turns them on again for no reason, as the car does not go anywhere. See more »

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Art: You know what the deal is? We gotta go down to the religious supply store. We gotta get a couple of gallons of holy water. My cousin Gary is a priest. He can get us a deal!
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At the end of the Universal logo, the camera zooms into Earth and to where the film takes place. See more »

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A movie you can relate to
12 December 2004 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

'The 'Burbs' is a great movie and I would recommend it to anyone. Tom Hanks does a great job at playing the role of an ordinary guy with ordinary problems. Every time I watch this movie, I can really feel like I am actually there. We all have weird neighbors and can relate to what Hanks is going through. It has also been a fantasy for many of us to try and find out exactly what our neighbors are up to, but we never have the guts to do it. Movies are made so that we can escape reality for a couple of hours and feel like we are doing things that we would most likely never get to do. This movie does it better than any other movie I have seen.

Most of the other people that I have talked to have agreed with me that 'The 'Burbs' is one of the most underrated comedies ever made. I don't believe that it was unsuccessful, but it definitely doesn't get the credit it deserves. If you want to see a movie that you can relate to, then watch this.


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