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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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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

There is one family at the end of the street who are never seen - the occupants of the house between Walter and Rumsfield. Their last name is Finnell, a reference to producer Michael Finnell, which is seen on the side of their Chevrolet Astro Van as "Finnell Plumbing". They also have a Buick sedan and presumably are visible at the end of the movie near Walter's house after the explosion. See more »

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During and after the scene with the bees, Walter walks towards his door three times. 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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Features The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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QUESTA O QUELLA
From Verdi's Rigoletto
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. Special Markets Division
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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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