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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 man of peace in a savage 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

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 Ray hits the gas line in the Klopec's basement, only a few seconds pass until he is running out of the house. There is no way that a sufficient amount of natural gas could have built up in that short time that would have resulted in such a massive explosion. See more »

Quotes

Mark Rumsfield: Rumsfield's the name. Don't believe I caught yours, sonny?
Hans Klopek: H-H-Hans.
Mark Rumsfield: Oh-ho! Hans! A fine Christian name. Hans Christian Andersen! What are you, Catholic?
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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 »

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Referenced in This Week in Horror: Trailers from Hell (2011) See more »

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BLOODSTONE
Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe & Mark Radice
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Good Tom Hanks comedy
15 April 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I watched the burbs for the first time in years the other night as it got a rare showing on UK TV. It certainly is one of Hanks lesser know films alongside the likes of Volunteers and The Man With One Red Shoe. I don't know why as its a very entertaining film directed by Joe "Gremlins" Dante. Actually it reminded me of Dantes TV series "Eerie, Indiana" anyone remember that? Anyway the burbs is well worth checking out, Tom Hanks is as good as ever and Bruce Dern is brilliant as a nutty ex-soldier. One other person commented here that he pictured Dan Ackroyd playing the role of Art, strangely enough I though it would have been great if John Candy played the part as he and Tom Hanks made a great team. Although the actor who played the part of Art did a perfectly fine job. Nice to see Corey Feldman in a decent movie for what was probably the last time, he was a really promising actor at one point, check out his performance in Stand by Me for proof. Luckily Corey Haim was nowhere to be seen but Star Wars fans can catch Carrie Fisher as Toms wife. I give this a *** 6/10 ***


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