The 'Burbs

The 'Burbs

Joe Dante (1989)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


The arrival of secretive neighbours sparks an unhealthy curiosity in a group of friends, leading them to go to bizarre lengths to discover the truth about the newcomers. However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult. Joe Dante's black comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson.

Cast & Crew

Ray Peterson Tom Hanks
Mark Rumsfield Bruce Dern
Carol Peterson Carrie Fisher
Ricky Butler Corey Feldman
Dr Werner Klopek Henry Gibson
Art Weingartner Rick Ducommun
Bonnie Rumsfield Wendy Schaal
Vic Dick Miller
Joe Robert Picardo
Walter Seznick Gale Gordon
Director Joe Dante
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Edited for violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray