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


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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Life in the Burbs  »

Box Office

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AUD 19,467 (Australia) (17 June 1989)

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was filmed during May, June, and July 1988. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Klopek is ascending from the basement and they focus on his shadow on the opposite wall, the shadow behaves against the laws of physics: Since he is walking AWAY from the light source behind him, his shadow should be getting smaller. A shadow only gets larger if you are walking TOWARD the light source, with the shadow on the wall behind you. See more »

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Vic, Garbageman #1: I hate cul-de-sacs. There's only one way out, and the people are kind of weird.
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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 Midnight Screenings: Moms' Night Out (2014) See more »

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LOCKED IN A CAGE
Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe & Sami Yaffa
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of MCA Records
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a hilarious movie
22 July 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw THE 'BURBS, it was a special unannounced sneak preview following another film. Having heard nothing about this film and not even knowing of its existence until the film started, I was immediately worried I was about to see a horror film. Hey, I was only ten at the time, when I was still scared of horror movies. But what I ended up seeing was one of the most hilarious movies ever made, a movie that had the entire theater laughing all the way through. We later bought the video, and more recently the DVD, and over the years since it's release I've watched it countless times (the exact number probably somewhere in the 50s or so) and have never grown tired of it.

While managing to be both suspenseful and funny at the same time, the film also does a great job after capturing the day-to-day life of a small suburban street, with a variety of characters so simple and life-like, it seems like they could actually live on your own street. The grumpy old guy down the street, the teenager who likes to throw parties while his parents are gown, the guy next door who comes over all the time and mooches food, and the average Everyday Joe who experiences it all at his own pace. The cast is an excellent combination, with everybody working great together, particularly Bruce Dern as the Vietnam vet who always has the right tool for the job and Tom Hanks as the average guy who's curious about his strange new neighbors, but not enough to really want to bother finding out more about them. If you've never seen it, I suggest giving it a look. It really is quite funny and has many quotable lines.


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