The 'Burbs

The 'Burbs

Joe Dante (1989)

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