The 'Burbs


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 Year: 1989

Rating: 6.6/10 (26,692 voted)

Joe Dante

Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher

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…


Tom Hanks

Ray Peterson

Bruce Dern

Lt. 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

Uncle Reuben Klopek

Courtney Gains

Hans Klopek

Gale Gordon

Walter Seznick

Dick Miller

Vic, Garbageman #1

Robert Picardo

Joe, Garbageman #2

Cory Danziger

Dave Peterson

Franklyn Ajaye

Detective #1

Rance Howard

Detective #2

Life In The Burbs Will Never Be The Same Again!

Release Date: 17 February 1989

Filming Locations: Colonial Street, Backlot, Universal Studios – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Opening Weekend: AUD 19,467
(17 June 1989)

Gross: $36,602,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The Klopeks named their Great Dane dog "Landru", probably after Henri Landru, a notorious French serial killer.


Revealing mistakes:
When the Klopec's house explodes, the manner in which it explodes reveals that it is only a shell, a facade, barely holding together just to make the explosion look more dramatic.


Hey, hey, hey. Who the heck ordered the blood shake? Hey, Ray, it's not Skip. It's Art. I'm just pretending to be Skip. Say, you didn't happen to see an ice pick around here, did you?

User Review

Yo Mr. Rumsfield!!!


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

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.