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The 'Burbs (1989)

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An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic 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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He's a stranger in an even stranger land... Suburbia See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Dana Olsen:  The film's writer as a cop. See more »

Goofs

Ray came out of Klopek's house one minute after explosion with his right eye completely closed. It's impossible to get such a big swell in such a short time. See more »

Quotes

Carol Peterson: You were up at the crack of dawn watching a dog poop.
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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 »

Connections

Features The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

QUESTA O QUELLA
From Verdi's Rigoletto
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. Special Markets Division
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This is a movie about an ordinary guy living in an ordinary neighborhood, but with not so ordinary neighbors.
20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was hilarious! I laughed several times. All the people that have seen it said that they loved it, too! Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman, Courtney Gains, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Brother Theodore, Henry Gibson and Rick Ducommun did a great job! I am glad that they were in this movie! It was a very good movie with a surprising twist at the end. There is a lot of irony in it, and that adds to the suspense! The whole idea of these "eccentric" and "psycho" neighbors living next door to the protagonist, Ray Peterson, is very amusing! There is so much comedy and excitement in this film, and that is what makes you like it so much! You love the relationship between Ray Peterson, Mark Rumsfiled, and Art Weingartner. Each of them make witty comments about these strange Klopeks'. The Burbs' is one of my favorite movies! It's so 80's! You have to see it!


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