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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brother Theodore ...
Joe, Garbageman #2
Cory Danziger ...
Detective #1
Detective #2


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 »


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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During the late 1980s period the movie was made, and after as well, actors Corey Haim and Corey Feldman appeared in a number of movies together, they being known as The Coreys or The Two Coreys. This movie featured two Coreys, but not the same two. One of them co-starred, Corey Feldman, working on this the film, but with another Cory, Cory Danziger. See more »


When Ray approached Klopek's back door there was a crowbar beside wall. In next shot there was shovel in same place. See more »


Mark Rumsfield: Hey, Ricky, get this lame-o out of your yard.
Ricky Butler: [puts his arm around his friend] Get out of my yard, Lame-o!
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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 »


Referenced in Graveyard Shift (1990) See more »


Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe & Mark Radice
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of MCA Records
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This is a movie about an ordinary guy living in an ordinary neighborhood, but with not so ordinary neighbors.
20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was hilarious! I laughed several times. All the people that have seen it said that they loved it, too! Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman, Courtney Gains, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Brother Theodore, Henry Gibson and Rick Ducommun did a great job! I am glad that they were in this movie! It was a very good movie with a surprising twist at the end. There is a lot of irony in it, and that adds to the suspense! The whole idea of these "eccentric" and "psycho" neighbors living next door to the protagonist, Ray Peterson, is very amusing! There is so much comedy and excitement in this film, and that is what makes you like it so much! You love the relationship between Ray Peterson, Mark Rumsfiled, and Art Weingartner. Each of them make witty comments about these strange Klopeks'. The Burbs' is one of my favorite movies! It's so 80's! You have to see it!

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