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Writer (WGA):
Dana Olsen (written by)
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Release Date:
17 February 1989 (USA) See more »
A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Hanks ... Ray Peterson

Bruce Dern ... Lt. Mark Rumsfield

Carrie Fisher ... Carol Peterson

Rick Ducommun ... Art Weingartner

Corey Feldman ... Ricky Butler

Wendy Schaal ... Bonnie Rumsfield

Henry Gibson ... Dr. Werner Klopek
Brother Theodore ... Uncle Reuben Klopek

Courtney Gains ... Hans Klopek

Gale Gordon ... Walter Seznick

Dick Miller ... Vic, Garbageman #1

Robert Picardo ... Joe, Garbageman #2
Cory Danziger ... Dave Peterson

Franklyn Ajaye ... Detective #1

Rance Howard ... Detective #2
Heather Haase ... Ricky's Girlfriend

Nicky Katt ... Steve Kuntz (as Nick Katt)

Billy Stevenson ... Ricky's Friend (as Bill Stevenson)
Gary Hays ... Ricky's Friend

Kevin Gage ... Cop
Dana Olsen ... Cop
Brenda Benner ... Walter's Daughter

Patrika Darbo ... Suzanne Weingartner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sonny Carl Davis ... Voice-over actor (voice) (as Sonny Davis)
Moosie Drier ... Voice-over actor (voice)
Leigh French ... Voice-over actor (voice)

Archie Hahn ... Voice-over actor (voice)

Billy Jayne ... Voice-over actor (voice) (as Billy Jacoby)
Phyllis Katz ... Voice-over actor (voice)

Jeffrey Kramer ... Voice-over actor (voice)
Tracy Newman ... Voice-over actor (voice)

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Voice-over actor (voice) (as Lynne Stewart)
Arnold F. Turner ... Voice-over actor (voice) (as Arnold Turner)
Gigi Vorgan ... Voice-over actor (voice)
Darla ... Poodle (uncredited)

Carey Scott ... Ricky's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Dante 
Writing credits
Dana Olsen (written by)

Produced by
Larry Brezner .... producer
Michael Finnell .... producer
Ron Howard .... executive producer
Pat Kehoe .... associate producer
Dana Olsen .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens (director of photography) (as Robert Stevens)
Film Editing by
Marshall Harvey 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
James H. Spencer  (as James Spencer)
Art Direction by
William George 
Charles L. Hughes 
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Christine Lee .... hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pat Kehoe .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David D'Ovidio .... second assistant director
Cynthia A. Potthast .... dga trainee
Carla Reinke .... first assistant director (as Carla McCloskey)
Daniel R. Suhart .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dale E. Anderson .... swing gang
Frank Anderson .... swing gang
Eric Bilson .... assistant property master (as Eric James Bilson)
Gregg H. Bilson .... property master
Nigel A. Boucher .... lead man
Judy Cammer .... set designer
John Ceppi .... constructor
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator (as Thomas R. Cranham)
Erin M. Cummins .... set designer (as Erin Cummins)
Michael Johnson .... set designer
Richard Johnson .... plaster foreman
Charles R. Lipscomb .... lead man (as Charles Lipscomb)
John P. Muscarella .... labor foreman
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Dave Newhouse .... greensman
Anthony Paronelli .... painter (as Anthony L. Paronelli)
Enrico Paronelli .... paint foreman
James E. Tocci .... set designer
David Tully .... greensman (as David V. Tully)
Ciro Vuoso .... construction foreman
Frank White .... laborer
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Ron Bartlett .... foley editor
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Michael J. Benavente .... sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Derek Casari .... dubbing engineer
Aaron Glascock .... foley editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Ken King .... sound mixer
Angie Luckey .... sound effects assistant
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects (as Mark Mangini)
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Sonny Pettijohn .... sound effects assistant
John Pospisil .... special sound effects (as John P.)
Stephen Purvis .... adr editor
David Schneider .... cable operator
George Simpson .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Michael Arbogast .... special effects
Danny Lester .... special effects foreman (as Dan Lester)
Jeff Pepiot .... special effects (as Jeffrey Pepiot)
Ken Pepiot .... special effects supervisor
Paul Stewart .... special effects
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects (as Thomas Ward)
Visual Effects by
Selwyn Eddy .... visual effects cameraman (as Selwyn Eddy III)
Bill George .... visual effects art director
Peter Kuran .... special visual effects
Jim Morris .... visual effects producer
Kendall Nishimine .... visual effects
Michael Owens .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Swendsen .... matte artist
Bruce Vecchitto .... optical supervisor
Bruce Walters .... visual effects cameraman
Jammie Friday .... animator: VCE, Inc. (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts (as Sandy Gimpel)
John Hateley .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Gary Morgan .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Wally Rose .... stunts
Ray Saniger .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George P. Wilber)
Brian J. Williams .... stunt double: Bruce Dern (as Brian Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... additional camera operator
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Ken W. Ballantine .... lighting technician (as Ken Ballantine)
Norman Cattell .... additional assistant camera
Christopher C. Cooper .... second assistant camera (as Christopher Cooper)
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator (as Allen Easton)
Danny Falkengren .... grip (as Dan Falkengren)
John Hora .... additional photographer
Leslie J. Kovacs .... chief lighting technician (as Les Kovacs)
Kris Krosskove .... first assistant camera
Hal Landaker .... video supervisor
Benny McNulty .... assistant chief lighting technician
Montey Menapace .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Montey F. Menapace)
Hal Nelson .... best boy grip
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson II)
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Brent Poe .... lighting technician
E. Christopher Reed .... lighting technician
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Robert J. San Martin .... first assistant camera (as Bob San Martin)
T. Daniel Scaringi .... grip
Paul E. Sutton .... grip
Chuck Whelan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Charles E. Whelan II)
David Tolsky .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... costume supervisor
Eric H. Sandberg .... costume supervisor
Mary Elizabeth Still .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
Ilana Ben-Gigi .... apprentice editor
Uri Katoni .... assistant editor
Robert Leader .... assistant editor: reshoots (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music recording mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver
Glenn Carter .... transportation captain (as Glenn A. Carter)
Randy White .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Julianna Arenson .... production accountant
Tony Ciccone .... production assistant (as Anthony Ciccone)
Wendy Eidson .... production secretary (as Wendy A. Eidson)
Jane Estocin .... production secretary
Leigh French .... voice-over coordinator
William Shane Grisco .... animal handler (as William S. Grisco)
Roz Harris .... script supervisor (as Roslyn Harris)
Jamie Kehoe .... craft service (as James P. Kehoe)
Linda Kwaska .... assistant: Mr. Brezner (as Linda Kwasha)
Adria Later .... studio teacher
Jackie Martin .... animal handler
Cristie Miele .... animal handler (as Christie Miele)
Betty Moos .... assistant: Mr. Dante and Mr. Finnell
Mary L. Rand .... assistant accountant (as Mary Lou Rand)
J.B. Rogers .... production assistant (as James B. Rogers)
George Cameron Romero .... production assistant (as G. Cameron Romero)
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator (as Karen E. Shaw)
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Chris Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Greg Knapp .... set medic (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 (cut) | UK:12 | UK:PG (cut) | USA:PG | USA:PG (Certificate #29589) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

According to the book "The Films of Tom Hanks" (1996) by Lee Pfeiffer and Michael Lewis, Joe Dante once said of this film: "I can't think of many pictures since Lifeboat (1944) that all take place in the same area. There was a lot of temptation to broaden it and go outside the neighborhood, but it seemed to violate the spirit of the piece. It's almost the kind of thing that could be a stage play except that you could never do on-stage what we've done in this movie".See more »
Continuity: When Ray approached Klopek's back door there was a crowbar beside wall. In next shot there was shovel in same place.See more »
Ricky Butler:Ya know, did you ever see the movie, "The Sentinel", Mr. Peterson? It's about the old guy who owned the apartment, which is kind of like the, uh, gateway to Hell?
Ray Peterson:No, I... I didn't see that.
Ricky Butler:Oh, well, I was doing some thinking. And, you know, being that their last house burnt down and all, it's like, maybe... somebody left the gate open.
[a generator starts up from the Klopek's basement]
Art Wiengartner:It's them. They're movin' around again. Ya know... it was a night just like this that it happened.
Ricky Butler:What happened, Mr. Weingartner?
Art Wiengartner:Oh, it was a long time ago, Ricky. Hinkley Hills was a lot smaller then... safer too! You never had to lock your doors. Everybody knew everybody. I must have been maybe oh nine - ten years-old. You know where the big mall is?
Ricky Butler:Yeah.
Art Wiengartner:Well, there used to be a big drugstore on the corner there, had a big soda fountain, remember?
Ray Peterson:Yeah.
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81 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
One of the most underrated films of the 80's, 30 September 2004
Author: homer-21 from USA

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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