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The 'Burbs (1989)

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic 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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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 19,467 (Australia) (17 June 1989)

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Walter's Bichon Frise, Queenie, was played by the same dog who played Precious in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). A Bichon with dramatic range. See more »

Goofs

When the family sits down to breakfast, Art tracks some crow in his backyard with a Daisy pump action BB/pellet gun. He fires several shots that sound like a rifle. See more »

Quotes

Art: Safety is my middle name.
Ray Peterson: I thought his middle name was Louis.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the Universal Studios logo, the camera zooms into Earth and to where the film takes place. At the end of the film, the effect is played in reverse. See more »

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Soundtracks

BLOODSTONE
Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe & Mark Radice
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

 
What a magical experience
22 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a film to escape into! This movie captures my childhood and is still watchable today.

The director/writer has paid close attention to human interaction for this movie. I love Tom Hanks's one-liners or slight facial movements, both speak volumes in a scene.

Unjustified credit for this classic comedy. I would recommend this film to anyone. Some regard this as a silly film, but i don't think that comment degrades it in anyway. I like silly films, something where actors egos don't get in the way of the story. We're all here for a laugh for 1-2 hours so entertain us, we say. And this film delivers gags, and visual comedy time after time.

I love the scene showing the guys as if they're kids in a street.

I love this movie and have recently purchase the Soundtrack off ebay.

I can watch this movie over and over again. Mrs Rumsfield is still as sexy when you watch it now.

Classic quote Mrs Peterson - "He will not come out until he resembles that man that i married." Art Weingartner - "We don't have that kinda time !"


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