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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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Detective #1
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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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A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far. See more »


Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs  »

Box Office


$36,602,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In the Klopek basement there is a sled with the name Rosebud - a reference to Citizen Kane (1941). See more »


Carol goes away with Dave (Carol and Ray's son) about halfway through the movie so that Ray, Mark and Art can carry on with their plan to find Walter at the Klopec's house. Later, after the house explodes from the gas main that Ray broke, Carol returns without their son who left with her hours earlier. Presumably, he stayed behind with the relatives they were mentioned as going to visit. See more »


Carol Peterson: Ray... Ray, where are you going? Come back to bed.
[Ray heads outside]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the Universal logo, the camera zooms into Earth and to where the film takes place. See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe & Sami Yaffa
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Yo Mr. Rumsfield!!!
29 May 2001 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

Okay, I know Tom Hanks has done some greater than great work. Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and The Green Mile are truly American classics. For some reason (maybe I AM a weirdo) this is my favorite movie of his. It has a simple plot, a light tone, shades of horror, and some GREAT one-liners that have stayed in my memory since I was nine years old. This is one of those movies that never gets old. I especially like Corey Feldman as Ricky Butler. He played the best burn-out I have ever seen and he truly is an underrated actor. Rick Duccoman is great as the obnoxious neighbor, Art and his laid back manner continues to bring a smile to my face. Bruce Dern is flat-out awesome as the war-crazed vet who has all the right gizmos for the job, but always fails miserably. Almost every line out of his mouth is memorable and his response when he steps in a pile of dog crap is a classic quote.

Obviously this is a satire on Suburban life and nosey neighbors, but I could care less about all that. This is a classic that ranks (in my mind) with the likes of "The Goonies" and "Smokey and the Bandit".

If, for some reason, you missed this one, PLEASE see it. You have no clue what you're missing.

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