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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Dana Olsen (written by)
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Release Date:
17 February 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting, amusing and loads of fun, but it's just missing something See more (240 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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Directed by
Joe Dante 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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)
 
Stunts
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
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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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Outside of the opening and closing shots of the Earth seen from space, the whole film unfolds on the street of Mayfield Place.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Klopec's house explodes, the manner in which it explodes reveals that it is only a shell, a facade, barely holding together just to make the explosion look more dramatic.See more »
Quotes:
Ricky Butler:Hey, Mrs. Rumsfield, no tan lines. Looks nice.
Mark Rumsfield:That kid next door's a meatball.
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Movie Connections:
References My Name Is Nobody (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
Se Sei Qualcuno è Colpa MiaSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the British PG Version and the Uncut Version?
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, amusing and loads of fun, but it's just missing something, 4 August 2000
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

Although this movie is imaginative and fun it fails to take full advantage of the 'zany' set-up it creates so well. I feel as if there are a lot of scenes cut out and the movie was cut down to size in the editing room.

Tom Hanks and his pals get carried away with the idea that their neighbors (The Klopeks) are psychos and they take their suspicions to morbid extremes by spying, nosing around and harassing them. I enjoyed this movie as a kid but it's a bit annoying now.

We never REALLY find out what exactly it is the Klopeks do or who they are. All we know is that they don't mow their front lawn and that's it. Bruce Dern has a lively role as an old Army Vet, Rick Ducommun is Hanks' scrounger pal, Corey Feldman is a stereotyped 'Bill and Ted' stoned teen and Dick Miller makes his obligatory appearance in a Joe Dante movie.

The strongest feature of the movie is Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful score which is full of atmosphere and brilliant themes. Why can't more comedy movies have scores as lively as this?

Dante's signature is all over this movie. It's just a shame they decided to cut it down due to running time (if that is the case). I know of the alternate ending in which Hanks is killed. I think that would have saved the movie. Anyway, it's well worth checking out.

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