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The 'Burbs (1989)

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult.

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Storyline

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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A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far. See more »


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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Life in the Burbs  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The picture opened at the number one spot at the U.S. box-office, grossing around eleven million dollars in its opening weekend. In the U.S., the movie made about 36-37 million dollars, and worldwide, around 49 million dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Klopek is ascending from the basement and they focus on his shadow on the opposite wall, the shadow behaves against the laws of physics: Since he is walking AWAY from the light source behind him, his shadow should be getting smaller. A shadow only gets larger if you are walking TOWARD the light source, with the shadow on the wall behind you. See more »

Quotes

Art Wiengartner: Ray. Ray.
Ray Peterson: I'm only trying to take a nap! I'm only laying here with my eyes closed trying to keep some goddamn sleep!
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Crazy Credits

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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Features Little Boy Blue (1936) See more »

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The Showdown
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Written by Ennio Morricone
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What a magical experience
22 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a film to escape into! This movie captures my childhood and is still watchable today.

The director/writer has paid close attention to human interaction for this movie. I love Tom Hanks's one-liners or slight facial movements, both speak volumes in a scene.

Unjustified credit for this classic comedy. I would recommend this film to anyone. Some regard this as a silly film, but i don't think that comment degrades it in anyway. I like silly films, something where actors egos don't get in the way of the story. We're all here for a laugh for 1-2 hours so entertain us, we say. And this film delivers gags, and visual comedy time after time.

I love the scene showing the guys as if they're kids in a street.

I love this movie and have recently purchase the Soundtrack off ebay.

I can watch this movie over and over again. Mrs Rumsfield is still as sexy when you watch it now.

Classic quote Mrs Peterson - "He will not come out until he resembles that man that i married." Art Weingartner - "We don't have that kinda time !"


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