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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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In a Surburban Town, in a Less Gothic-like house lives the Klopeks, although they are strange neighbors, A man named Ray Peterson (who lives next door on right with Klopeks), and his buddies are figuring what are up too? But one day an Elderg Neighbor named Walter Selznick was gone, they thought the Klopeks killed him, Although Wlater just got back from the Hospital presumably Heart assues, during Ray was in ambulance, a figure crept in the ambulance, the figure was Dr. Werner Klopeks, he tells Ray that The Klopeks wanted to sell the Knapps's House, but they refused, then They killed them and Eat them (which Means Cannibalisim like eating the same species), but the Klopeks ended up getting arrested.

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A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far. See more »


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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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There is one family at the end of the street who are never seen until the end - 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 only visible at the end of the movie near Walter's house after the explosion. See more »

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The bird Art tries to shoot vocalizes like a crow, but is actually a raven. See more »

Quotes

Carol Peterson: Ray... Ray, where are you going? Come back to bed.
[Ray heads outside]
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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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BLOODSTONE
Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe & Mark Radice
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of MCA Records
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One of the most underrated films of the 80's
30 September 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Commonly tossed aside as a predictable, poorly plotted film with few laughs, "The 'Burbs" has more to offer than most critics are willing to admit.

This film is not so much about the plot(which is admittedly thin and which the critics are too concerned with) as it is about the characters who become entangled within it. Included in this terrific cast are Tom Hanks, who plays the skeptical neighbor of the new family on the block (a bunch of oddballs who never leave the house); Rick Ducommun, who plays the gluttonous friend of Hanks, who is convinced that the new neighbors are brain sucking murderers; Bruce Dern, the ex-soldier who hasn't quite left his miilitary roots behind him; and last, but not least, Corey Feldman, who plays the dopey teenage neighbor who basically watches the events of the movie unfold from the comfort of his front porch. These characters are so well-acted and so downright wacky that you just have to believe there is a neighborhood somewhere with people like this. The chemistry between everyone of the characters is simply impressive, and much of the humor of the film can be found in the often ludicrous way the director portrays their interactions.

I urge anyone who has seen this film before to watch it again, this time paying little attention to the story and focusing on the superbly acted characters.


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