An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous 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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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Mayfield Place was portrayed by the Colonial Street back-lot street set at Universal Studios, Hollywood, which had also been used for the earlier Tom Hanks movie Dragnet (1987). See more »

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At breakfast, Art says that he spoke to the estate agent that sold the house to the Klopeks. But later in the film, Dr. Klopek says that he "took" the house from them after offering to buy it. See more »

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Art: I think the message to, uh, psychos, fanatics, murderers, nutcases all over the world is, uh, "do not mess with suburbanites". Because, uh, frankly we're just not gonna take it any more. Ya know, we're not gonna be content to look after our lawns and wax our cars, paint out houses. We're out to get them, Don, we are out to get them.
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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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QUESTA O QUELLA
From Verdi's Rigoletto
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (uncredited)
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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