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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:
A deliciously black comedy... 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
Carla McCloskey .... first assistant director
Cynthia A. Potthast .... dga trainee
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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101 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Klopeks named their Great Dane dog "Landru", probably after Henri Landru, a notorious French serial killer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the breakfast scene Art re-calls his conversation with "the real estate broad that sold them the place". Later the Dr. Klopek describes killing the Nap's and taking the house from them. If this were true the house would not have been put on the market and there would not have been a real estate agent to speak with.See more »
Quotes:
Ray Peterson:Night vision goggles? What's next, we bug their phones?
Mark Rumsfield:That can be arranged.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Jeopardy!" (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Won't You Be My Neighbor?See more »

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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A deliciously black comedy..., 17 August 2004
Author: mastac-1 from United Kingdom

The world of black comedies has seen few truly classic entries in the past few years. It's a very specific sub genre of comedy that is extremely hard to do well as films like Very Bad Things frequently signify. Too many of Hollywood's more recent offerings feature truly tasteless gags that poke fun at subjects that should simply be left well enough alone. Well I have to say that Hollywood could learn a thing or two from its own past in this department. I recently rediscovered a childhood favourite of mine, The Burbs, and I have to admit that age has not in the least bit dulled the film's razor sharp wit and acid tongued dialogue

Tom Hanks plays Ray Peterson, an overstressed suburbanite who's decided to spend his vacation lounging around the house in a vain effort to relax. Of course he finds his efforts hindered by the constant presence of his somewhat excitable neighbors Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun) and Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern) who suspect the new family in the neighbourhood, the Klopeks, of being mass murderers. Together these three decide to look into the suspicious nature of their new neighbors and just what exactly it is they get up to at night, the time when the otherwise reclusive Klopeks seem to be at their most active.

The premise is basically the set up for another of Joe Dante's (who directed both Gremlins and its remake in all but name, Small Soldiers) bedlam filled romps through suburbs in which he casts a sideways glance at all things American dream.

Quite frankly, my nostalgia for this movie makes it hard to find fault with it. Hanks is as funny as ever, playing it relatively straight compared to his other performances of the period and bringing a lovely shade of deep seated unease to an otherwise grounded character. Bruce Dern fills his role wonderfully, as the military obsessed Rumsfield, a character surprisingly reminiscent of survivalist Burt Gummer from the Tremors movies in both his nature and ability to steal scenes. The only weak link in the leading trio is Ducommun, which is a shame as it is really Art that drives the story more than any other character in the movie. Sure, Art has to be slightly obnoxious and a little irritating but Ducommun overplays these aspects so much that I began to find it painful to watch him as the end of the movie approached. It's hardly a surprise when Hanks tries to kill him. I can't help but feel that perhaps the late John Candy would have fit the role slightly better, bringing some more human and likable qualities to the character.

At times however, The Burbs can feel a little uneasy in its pacing and sense of humour. Scenes like the screaming at the bone, although funny, seem out of place in what is otherwise a movie with a very dry sense of humour. Meanwhile the Klopeks are unveiled as characters perhaps a little too late in the story for the audience to truly develop any kind of opinions about them.

Despite some small problems however, The Burbs remains an extremely funny movie with some terrific dialogue and almost universally good performances from its cast. I defy anyone not to laugh at Rumsfield's fall from the roof of his house or every man Ray's furious rant at the movie's close. For fans of black comedies, The Burbs is a perfect antidote to the current glut of obnoxious Hollywood gross out comedies and the Farrelly Brothers increasingly desperate to offend pieces.

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