The 'Burbs

  • PG
  • Joe Dante (1989)
  • US
  • 96 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

When the Klopeks move into a run-down house in an otherwise spick-and-span suburb, Tom Hanks - playing a one-man neighbourhood watch scheme - starts to fret and frown. Just what are the Klopeks up to, digging in the garden and making all those clanking noises at night? They're so creepy, they may well be related to the Addams family. This light-hearted and often very funny comedy is an askew parable about small-town America, with Hanks as the ultimate conformist surrounded by weirdos. Director Joe Dante, who made Gremlins, excels at this sort of thing and delivers an intriguing picture, even though it threatens to stray into David Lynch territory but ultimately cops out. Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher offer fine support to the affable Hanks.

Plot Summary

Satirical comedy of suburban paranoia starring Tom Hanks. Ray Peterson's peace of mind is being eroded by the seemingly sinister goings-on next door. Are the mysterious Klopeks really neighbours from hell, doing dastardly deeds at the dead of night? Or are they just quiet people minding their own business? The "good people" of Mayfield Place are determined to discover the hideous truth.

Cast and crew


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


Joe Dante

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG

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