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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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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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Comedy | 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

The movies that Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) sees are playing on television whilst lying down were Race with the Devil (1975), The Exorcist (1973), and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Art and Ray are in the basement, talking about the incubus and succubus, Art accidentally hits the lamp, causing it to swing back and forth. As the light slows down, a crew member hits the lamp again to keep it swinging. See more »

Quotes

Ray Peterson: [chanting] I'm not going to listen to this, I'm not going to hear this now.
Art: Ray! Ray! You're chanting!
[points to book]
Art: Ray, unconscious chanting! You're chanting!
Ray Peterson: [continues chanting with fingers in ears]
Art: [chants] I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.
Art: Hey, once they get in here...
[points to Ray's head]
Art: ...it's over, pal.
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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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The Showdown
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a hilarious movie
22 July 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw THE 'BURBS, it was a special unannounced sneak preview following another film. Having heard nothing about this film and not even knowing of its existence until the film started, I was immediately worried I was about to see a horror film. Hey, I was only ten at the time, when I was still scared of horror movies. But what I ended up seeing was one of the most hilarious movies ever made, a movie that had the entire theater laughing all the way through. We later bought the video, and more recently the DVD, and over the years since it's release I've watched it countless times (the exact number probably somewhere in the 50s or so) and have never grown tired of it.

While managing to be both suspenseful and funny at the same time, the film also does a great job after capturing the day-to-day life of a small suburban street, with a variety of characters so simple and life-like, it seems like they could actually live on your own street. The grumpy old guy down the street, the teenager who likes to throw parties while his parents are gown, the guy next door who comes over all the time and mooches food, and the average Everyday Joe who experiences it all at his own pace. The cast is an excellent combination, with everybody working great together, particularly Bruce Dern as the Vietnam vet who always has the right tool for the job and Tom Hanks as the average guy who's curious about his strange new neighbors, but not enough to really want to bother finding out more about them. If you've never seen it, I suggest giving it a look. It really is quite funny and has many quotable lines.


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