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
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According to Joe Dante, Tom Hanks was hesitant to do the movie because it was the first time he was playing a dad. Hanks was concerned that this would prevent him from returning to the types of roles on which he had built his career up to that point, but Dante said Hanks was willing to go along with it. See more »
When the group hears the doctor's footsteps in the Klopek's living room, Carol, in the background, removes her left arm from a piece of covered furniture. In the next shot, Carol removes the same arm from the same furniture. See more »
Okay, hep kids! Get off my car!
Dude, it's cool, you should hang with us! We called the Pizza Dude!
YOU IDIOT, YOU SUBMORON, YOU!
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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 »
A deleted scene has Ray and Art find something in the Klopek's back yard which appears to be some sort of a bomb. See more »
This is a great example of what Tom Hanks was doing in his former career of a comedic actor, before he returned to serious acting.
The story follows three incredibly nosey suburbanites, spying on their new neighbours the Klopek's as they expect them to be murderers.
Winning performances all round, but especially from Hanks. He is well supported by the likes of Carrie Fisher, as his wife, and ex-army man Bruce Dern, with Henry Gibson giving his usual solid performance.
A greatly funny movie which leaves you wondering why Hanks ever turned his back on comedy.
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