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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.

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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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Taglines:

Life In The Burbs Will Never Be The Same Again! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Tom Hanks improvised the scene where he picks up the gurney and puts himself into the ambulance. See more »

Goofs

When Art and Ray are in the basement, talking about the incubus and succubus, Art accidentally hits the lamp, causing it to swing back and forth. As the light slows down, a crew member hits the lamp again to keep it swinging. See more »

Quotes

Art: I think the message to, uh, psychos, fanatics, murderers, nutcases all over the world is, uh, "do not mess with suburbanites". Because, uh, frankly we're just not gonna take it any more. Ya know, we're not gonna be content to look after our lawns and wax our cars, paint out houses. We're out to get them, Don, we are out to get them.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in John's Arm: Armageddon (2008) See more »

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The Showdown
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Written by Ennio Morricone
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What a magical experience
22 December 2005 | by rtjimSee 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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