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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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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)  »

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Life in the Burbs  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Theatrical and TV trailers show some deleted and extended scenes; Ray cooking at the metal barbecue and accidentally setting it on fire. Shot of Art sitting somewhere outside and mentioning Klopek's name. Shot of doctor Klopek saying their name, it seems like this shot was in ending of the movie. Ray, Ricky, Walter, and Bonnie all standing by a ladder which leads to someone's roof and Ray saying " I think we're overreacting", by their clothes, it looks like it's from the scene where they break into Walter's house. Ray telling Carol that someone thinks that "the Klopeks are evil incarnate." Ricky helping out Art when he falls over the fence after running from Klopek's dog. Shot of Ricky saying "God i love this street" which is not from the same scene where he says it in the movie. Reportedly, more scenes were deleted and some extra scenes are said to be included in old TV versions of the movie. See more »

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At the end of the film, Ray comments on Carol's shorter haircut. In her last scene, her hair is back to its original length. See more »

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Art: I'm tellin' ya, officer, there's a body buried in that house.
Detective #1: The old guy, Mr. Seznick right?
Art: Yeah the old guy who's sitting here is buried in that house.
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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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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?
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Written and Performed by Fred Rogers
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Yo Mr. Rumsfield!!!
29 May 2001 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

Okay, I know Tom Hanks has done some greater than great work. Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and The Green Mile are truly American classics. For some reason (maybe I AM a weirdo) this is my favorite movie of his. It has a simple plot, a light tone, shades of horror, and some GREAT one-liners that have stayed in my memory since I was nine years old. This is one of those movies that never gets old. I especially like Corey Feldman as Ricky Butler. He played the best burn-out I have ever seen and he truly is an underrated actor. Rick Duccoman is great as the obnoxious neighbor, Art and his laid back manner continues to bring a smile to my face. Bruce Dern is flat-out awesome as the war-crazed vet who has all the right gizmos for the job, but always fails miserably. Almost every line out of his mouth is memorable and his response when he steps in a pile of dog crap is a classic quote.

Obviously this is a satire on Suburban life and nosey neighbors, but I could care less about all that. This is a classic that ranks (in my mind) with the likes of "The Goonies" and "Smokey and the Bandit".

If, for some reason, you missed this one, PLEASE see it. You have no clue what you're missing.


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