The 'Burbs

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Director: Joe Dante, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher

Cast: Joe Dante, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher


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Ward and June Cleaver have nothing on suburban couple Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher. Together with their perfect son, Hanks and Fisher are so clean that they squeak. Thus, when new neighbors Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore and


Ward and June Cleaver have nothing on suburban couple Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher. Together with their perfect son, Hanks and Fisher are so clean that they squeak. Thus, when new neighbors Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore and Courtney Gains begin evincing bizarre behavior, Hanks is slightly put out. Fisher thinks that Hanks is getting all worked up over nothing. After Hanks and his fellow suburbanites have endured all sorts of slapstick misadventures in the vain hope of getting "the goods" on the newcomers, we're inclined to agree with Fisher. Please note, however, that The 'Burbs is directed by Joe Dante, the same man who brought you Gremlins. It ain't over until the fat lady sings-and what matter if that fat lady is skinny Tom Hanks?

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A purposefully hyper-exaggerated satire of suburban paranoia, Joe Dante's hit-and-miss comedy is often more miss than hit, though it's not without a fair amount of over-the-top charm and some good performances from Bruce Dern and Tom Hanks. Though younger audiences raised on his later efforts may forget that Hanks was a remarkable comedic actor early in his career, Dante utilizes the former Bosom Buddy's seemingly forgotten gift for zany neurosis to full effect here. With long stretches of mediocrity infrequently giving way to inspired, paranoid humor, the mysterious neighbors (played to full effect by Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore, and Courtney Gains) possess a formidable quirkiness straddling the line between eccentricity and outright menace. Suburban satire is no stranger to director Dante, though such previous efforts as Gremlins (1984) find the director on slightly firmer ground in terms of consistency. One-note performances by Carrie Fisher and Corey Feldman weigh the film down considerably despite providing the respective restraint and social cynicism their characters represent.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Ray Peterson
Bruce Dern Mark Rumsfield
Carrie Fisher Carol Peterson
Rick Ducommun Art Weingartner
Corey Feldman Ricky Butler
Master Henry Gibson Dr. Werner Klopek
Wendy Schaal Bonnie Rumsfield
Courtney Gains Hans Klopek
Robert Picardo Garbageman
Franklyn Ajaye Detective
Rance Howard Detective
Brother Theodore Uncle Reuben Klopek
Gale Gordon Walter
Dick Miller Garbageman
Cory Danziger Dave Peterson
Heather Haase Ricky's Girl Friend
Nicky Katt Steve Kuntz
Bill Stevenson Ricky's Friend
Gary Hays Ricky's Friend
Kevin Gage Cop
Dana Olsen Cop
Brenda Benner Walter's Daughter
Patrika Darbo Art's Wife

Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Larry Brezner Co-producer
Judy Cammer Set Decoration/Design
Robert Collector Screenwriter
Erin Cummins Set Decoration/Design
Mike Fenton Casting
Michael Finnell Co-producer
Michael Germain Makeup
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Brian Grazer Producer
Warren Hamilton Musical Direction/Supervision
Marshall Harvey Editor
Charles L. Hughes Art Director
Michael Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Pat Kehoe Associate Producer
Mitch Markowitz Screenwriter
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Dana Olsen Co-producer,Screenwriter
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Jeff Smolek Stunts
James Spencer Production Designer
Robert M. Stevens Cinematographer
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Judy Taylor Casting
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design


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The 'Burbs 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
SKHM More than 1 year ago
We love this movie. Our family has watched it many times over the years, and we still enjoy it. Great cast, enjoyable all around. If you just want to sit back and enjoy a movie that isn't full of sexual content or superhero feats, then The 'Burbs is for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Burbs is one of the funniest movies ever made. It's DVD release is definitely worth the money. Not only does it feature an alternate ending to the movie, but it features production notes, cast and crew bios, and the original theatrical trailer which features snippets of scenes that were cut from the movie. Check out the internet movie database, www.imdb.com/search to find out what these deleted scenes are and what alternate ending the DVD has as an extra. It's a great movie, and a great DVD buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a favorite. Quirky and stylized, the film ranges from over-the-top to subtle. Perfectly cast, it's a comedic romp where the leads are almost as fiendish as the adversaries. It never did much box office, but it's now almost a cult pick.
Indy-girl More than 1 year ago
This movie is a typical Tom Hanks vehicle. It is hilariously funny and so typical about gossip between neighbors. Things get completely out of hand and everything snowballs, until the very end when you realize that their interference was justified!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though Corey Feldman is in this movie, it is one of my favorites. It's just an intelligent comedy one can watch over and over. Sadly, it's very underrated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the way these neighbors dont give up in determining their neighbors are spooky is hillarias.I laughed till I cried.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is my all tiome favorite, this a laugh out loud movie. completely hillarious, the best,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite simply the most entertaining comedy ever! There are so many little ''throw away'' funny lines that you have to watch it hundreds of times to fully appreciate it. (E.g. Carol: ''Why don't you stop this before somebody falls off a roof or gets themselves electrocuted or something?'') Visual comedy (Art eating the dogfood, Rumsfield's fall off the roof, Art getting electrocuted, the spike from the roof going through the Klopek's car...)are superb, and the dramatic ending... Wonderful. To quote Ricky's ending line... ''Man, I love this neighborhood!''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Art, Mark, and Ray step up to the plate instead of calling the police on their ''dream'' (nightmare) neighbors....Sardines, pretzels, and upside-down brownies may become your favorite snacks once you've viewed this hoot enough times. Just don't leave your toupee on the stove, ok?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite movie. It has so many subtle jokes going on all of the time that you have to stay on your toes not to miss them. If you like offbeat humor, this is a great way to spend some time.
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