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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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He's a stranger in an even stranger land... Suburbia 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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The residents and street numbers for the characters living at Mayfield Place were as follows: 667: Walter Seznick; 668: Undisclosed; 669: The Klopeks; 670: The Rumsfields; 671: The Petersons; 672: Ricky Butler; and 673: The Weingartners. See more »

Goofs

When Art jumps over the hedge into the Klopek's yard, you can see that he jumps onto something that propels him over the hedge. See more »

Quotes

Art: Apparently their last house, it only... burned to the ground.
Ray Peterson: Really?
Art: Yeah, a hideous raging inferno.
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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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References The Lucy Show (1962) See more »

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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Yo Mr. Rumsfield!!!
29 May 2001 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

Okay, I know Tom Hanks has done some greater than great work. Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and The Green Mile are truly American classics. For some reason (maybe I AM a weirdo) this is my favorite movie of his. It has a simple plot, a light tone, shades of horror, and some GREAT one-liners that have stayed in my memory since I was nine years old. This is one of those movies that never gets old. I especially like Corey Feldman as Ricky Butler. He played the best burn-out I have ever seen and he truly is an underrated actor. Rick Duccoman is great as the obnoxious neighbor, Art and his laid back manner continues to bring a smile to my face. Bruce Dern is flat-out awesome as the war-crazed vet who has all the right gizmos for the job, but always fails miserably. Almost every line out of his mouth is memorable and his response when he steps in a pile of dog crap is a classic quote.

Obviously this is a satire on Suburban life and nosey neighbors, but I could care less about all that. This is a classic that ranks (in my mind) with the likes of "The Goonies" and "Smokey and the Bandit".

If, for some reason, you missed this one, PLEASE see it. You have no clue what you're missing.


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