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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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Life In The Burbs Will Never Be The Same Again! See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Life in the Burbs  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Ray shows Carol the book on Satanic rituals, the theory being the Klopek's have taken Walter for Human sacrifice. Carol says to Ray: "I wouldn't have missed this for the world. A week (vacation) in Jonestown." A ghoulish reference to the Rev. Jim Jones and his religious cult The People's Temple. Rev. Jones moved his followers to South America. Tragedy struck when on November 18, 1978, Jim Jones and more than 900 members of his People's Temple committed mass suicide in the jungle of Guyana. Jim Jones had convinced his congregation that the end of the world was near. Most of the congregation voluntarily fed their children and themselves Kool-Aid laced with poison. 900 people lie dead in the sweltering heat of the jungles of Guyana. 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

Ray Peterson: Remember what you were saying about people in the 'burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then SNAP? WELL, THAT'S US. IT'S NOT THEM, THAT'S US. WE'RE the ones who are vaulting over the fences, and peeking in through people's windows. We're the ones who are THROWING GARBAGE IN THE STREET, AND LIGHTING FIRES. WE'RE THE ONES WHO ARE ACTING SUSPICIOUS AND PARANOID, ART. WE'RE THE LUNATICS. US. IT'S NOT THEM. It's us.
Art Wiengartner: [after a pause] I don't know what to say.....
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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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) See more »

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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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