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The 'Burbs (1989)

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ray Peterson
... Mark Rumsfield
... Carol Peterson
... Art Weingartner
... Ricky Butler
... Bonnie Rumsfield
... Dr. Werner Klopek
... Reuben Klopek
... Hans Klopek
... Walter Seznick
... Garbageman
... Garbageman
... Dave Peterson
... Detective
... Detective
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Storyline

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 »


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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,101,197, 19 February 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,602,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,102,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Klopeks named their Great Dane "Landru", probably after Henri Landru, a notorious French serial killer, or the Overlord in Star Trek (1966) {The Return of the Archons (#1.21) (1967). See more »

Goofs

Walter rides home in a car with Illinois plates. One scene shows mountains in the background. Before the end credits, the camera zooms out on a map placing them near Des Moines, Iowa. See more »

Quotes

Mark Rumsfield: [Ray takes Walter's toupee out of his shorts] Are you implying that you've been carrying that around in your shorts all day?
Ray Peterson: After you left Walter's house yesterday, I slipped this back in, through the mail slot.
Art Wiengartner: Well, where'd you get this then?
[Ray gestures to the Klopeck's house]
Ray Peterson: After the dog came up out of the basement, I found it wedged in between a bunch of magazines all of which I might add, were addressed to Walter!
Art Wiengartner: Then that means that...
Mark Rumsfield: Klopeck went back into the house and got the ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the Universal Studios logo, the camera zooms into Earth and to where the film takes place. At the end of the film, the effect is played in reverse. See more »

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Referenced in Paper Thin (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

MACHINE
Written by Alex Mitchell, Ricky Beck Mahler & Gary Sunshine
Performed by Circus Of Power
Courtesy of RCA Records
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User Reviews

 
What a magical experience
22 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

What a film to escape into! This movie captures my childhood and is still watchable today.

The director/writer has paid close attention to human interaction for this movie. I love Tom Hanks's one-liners or slight facial movements, both speak volumes in a scene.

Unjustified credit for this classic comedy. I would recommend this film to anyone. Some regard this as a silly film, but i don't think that comment degrades it in anyway. I like silly films, something where actors egos don't get in the way of the story. We're all here for a laugh for 1-2 hours so entertain us, we say. And this film delivers gags, and visual comedy time after time.

I love the scene showing the guys as if they're kids in a street.

I love this movie and have recently purchase the Soundtrack off ebay.

I can watch this movie over and over again. Mrs Rumsfield is still as sexy when you watch it now.

Classic quote Mrs Peterson - "He will not come out until he resembles that man that i married." Art Weingartner - "We don't have that kinda time !"


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