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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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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In the Klopek basement there is a sled with the name Rosebud - a reference to Citizen Kane (1941). See more »

Goofs

Ray slips the note about Walter's dog in the mail slot then slips the hair piece in with it. Later in the movie he states there is a big pile of mail that is addressed to Walter in the Klopek's basement. Later in the movie when the house catches fire the mail would have burned, along with the note. Therefore, Walter would have never have gotten his mail or the note and would not have been able to accuse Ray of " kidnapping his dog". See more »

Quotes

Mark Rumsfield: What have you got in the cellar, HERR Klopek!
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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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Tom Hanks - The formative years.
28 May 1999 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

This is a great example of what Tom Hanks was doing in his former career of a comedic actor, before he returned to serious acting.

The story follows three incredibly nosey suburbanites, spying on their new neighbours the Klopek's as they expect them to be murderers.

Winning performances all round, but especially from Hanks. He is well supported by the likes of Carrie Fisher, as his wife, and ex-army man Bruce Dern, with Henry Gibson giving his usual solid performance.

A greatly funny movie which leaves you wondering why Hanks ever turned his back on comedy.


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