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

Director:

Joe Dante

Writer:

Dana Olsen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Ray Peterson
Bruce Dern ... 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 ... Reuben Klopek
Courtney Gains ... Hans Klopek
Gale Gordon ... Walter Seznick
Dick Miller ... Garbageman
Robert Picardo ... Garbageman
Cory Danziger ... Dave Peterson
Franklyn Ajaye ... Detective
Rance Howard ... 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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Imagine Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Gibson was not the first choice for Dr. Klopek due to his charming personality and diminutive stature. Director Joe Dante had worked with him on Innerspace and loved his work and had remembered his menacing portrayal of the Doctor in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye which convinced him that he was the right choice for the role stating that "he had something evil in him". See more »

Goofs

Carol goes away with Dave (Carol and Ray's son) about halfway through the movie so that Ray, Mark and Art can carry on with their plan to find Walter at the Klopec's house. Later, after the house explodes from the gas main that Ray broke, Carol returns without their son who left with her hours earlier. Presumably, he stayed behind with the relatives they were mentioned as going to visit. See more »

Quotes

Art Wiengartner: I'm telling you these people are Satanists. As I sit here, they are satanists. Look, look, the world is full of these kind of things - black masses, mutilations. Mutilations! The incubus, the succubus - I'm tellin' you, Walter was a human sacrifice.
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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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Soundtracks

MAKE SOME NOISE
Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe, Ron Tostenson & Sami Yaffa
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 avsoccerstarSee 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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