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The Burbs (The 'burbs) (1989)

The Burbs
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6.8 IMDB rating

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Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Ray Peterson
Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern

Lt. Mark Rumsfield
Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Carol Peterson
Rick Ducommun

Rick Ducommun

Art Weingartner
Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Ricky Butler
Wendy Schaal

Wendy Schaal

Bonnie Rumsfield
Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Dr. Werner Klopek
Brother Theodore

Brother Theodore

Uncle Reuben Klopek


Written by
Dana Olsen

Dana Olsen

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The 'Burbs

7 years, 4 months ago at May 4 17:33
4 votes
Watching this movie for the first time on DVD (have seen it before, many times), I was reminded of how much I loved watching the old Tom Hanks comedies---you know, all those movies he did BEFORE he started doing all the Oscar-worthy movies.

This is an entertaining movie from start to finish. Some of the residents of a suburban area start to wonder about a strange family no one has ... read more

Suburban Paranoia

7 years, 10 months ago at Oct 14 1:40
3 votes
"Nobody knocks off an old man in my neighborhood and gets away with it." Such are the ramblings of paranoid suburban Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) and the team of surrounding neighbors who plot to uncover the truth that the reclusive Klopek family killed a fellow neighbor. It is not only the comedy that surrounds the character development of Tom Hanks from suburban boredom to suburban paranoid, it is t... read more

An average movie

1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 28 10:00
3 votes
I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie but even though this flick is now pretty much forgotten by the mainstram audience, it has still reached a somewhat cult status. It features one of this typical Tom Hanks performance from the 80's, you know, before he became a 'serious' actor. If you have seen one of those, you have seen all of them, but you have to admit, he was pretty good at this and ... read more
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An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.
Release date: 17 February 1989
UPC: 025192052828
Comedy (19), Paranoia (9), Suburbia (9), Thriller (7), 1989 (6), Basement (5), Horror (5), Black Comedy (5), Peeping Tom (4), Suspicion (4), Exploding House (4), Garbage (4), Dream (3), Fire (3), 1980s (3), Old Dark House (2), Xenophobia (2), Bone (2), Obsession (2), Wig (2)
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The Burbs i would have is really a underrated movie, i know for the most part a lot of people don't know about it. I actually just ask my friend today if he had seen the movie and he hadn't which is crazy because usually its him telling me about a movie i haven't seen before. I would have to say that this is my favorite non animated Tom Hanks comedy movie, i remember watching this, Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump all the time when i was young. Joe Dante definitely proves that he can do a dark comedy, im actually surprised at the films hes done, a lot of sci-fi, comedy, and horror movies some i need to check out.

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