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The 'Burbs (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  17 February 1989 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brother Theodore ...
Joe, Garbageman #2
Cory Danziger ...
Detective #1
Detective #2


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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Life In The Burbs Will Never Be The Same Again! See more »


Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs  »

Box Office


$36,602,000 (USA)

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There are several photos in the home of the character played by Gale Gordon which feature the actor with Lucille Ball, with whom he worked for many years on several of her TV programs. See more »


When Ray approached Klopek's back door there was a crowbar beside wall. In next shot there was shovel in same place. See more »


Art: Rumsfield and I, we flushed them out. We wrote a note, we slipped it under the door, we rang the bell and then we ran.
Ray Peterson: You did that?
Art: Yeah.
Ray Peterson: [Jumps up] OH GEEZ! STUPID IDI - I can't believe you - -
[Crushes a beer can]
Art: All I did was write, "I know what you've done". That's all. I didn't sign it.
Ray Peterson: OH! I can't belie - YOU STUPID... GOD!
Art: You gotta goose these people every once in a while. You gotta give them a little shot, give them a little whack, let them know that you're there.
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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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Written by Alex Mitchell, Ricky Beck Mahler & Gary Sunshine
Performed by Circus Of Power
Courtesy of RCA Records
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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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