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The Burbs (1989) Movie Information

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Joe Dante


Tom Hanks
Carrie Fisher
Corey Feldman
Bruce Dern
Henry Gibson
Rick Ducommun





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A man is on vacation and decides to stay home and relax. Relaxing is the last thing that happens when he suspects his neighbor has killed someone and buried him in his yard. The suburbs will never be the same.

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Yojimbo 12/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I always thought Joe Dante was highly over-rated and this is typical of his stuff. A kind of comic version of Rear Window, it doesn't work as suspense and it isn't funny. So what's the point?

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Daniel Corleone 02/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks), Lt. Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern) and Walter Seznick (Gale Gordon) suspect their neighbors of being murderers. Carol (Carrie Fisher), Ray’s wife, is skeptical after meeting Dr. Werner Klopek (Henry Gibson) and Uncle Reuben Klopek (Brother Theodore). The soundtrack provided the aura of spookiness while the comedic talents of Hanks. Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher’s character didn’t provide the laughs, Feldman was underutilized, Gordon was unfunny and some scenes were a bit childish. It had a lot of laughable scenes despite some impossible situations. The Burbs is a descent dark comedy with themes of being vigilant of peculiar neighbors and persistence of finding the truth.

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mitchellyoung 01/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This sly, little-known Tom Hanks comedy is sly and dark in the right places. It features some great contextual comedy about suburban life, but some of the darker horror moments are truly terrifying. The reveal is sort of expected, but the buildup is incredibly tense for a comedy.

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Snoogans 12/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The premise sets up what could've been a decent horror/comedy. Sadly, the flat characters and mundane plot leave much more to be desired. The potential satire on suburb communities and older monster films is not mined at all. We are left with little-to-no jokes. Having Joe Dante behind the camera does amp up the horror homage factor. There's a good attempt at old-school horror cliches and atmosphere. The actors make the negatives a bit easier to get through. Underwhelming in it's average standard.

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04/10/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Das beginnt vielversprechend: Irgendwo in der amerikanischen Vorstadt ziehen neue Nachbarn in eine Art Gothic House, das in dieser Umgebung wirkt, als würde Tarantula Platz nehmen auf einer Sahnetorte. Man sieht sie niemals tagsüber und niemand weiss, woher sie kommen. Nachts aber dringen aus ihrem Keller bollernde Geräusche und es blitzt und donnert. Werden dort Leichen verbrannt? Die Nachbarn reagieren weniger genervt als vielmehr neugierig. Im Mittelpunkt steht Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks), der eigentlich mit seiner Frau (Carrie Fisher) in den Urlaub zum See aufbrechen wollte. Ray äussert seine Verdachtsmomente über die Neuen, seine Frau aber hält ihn für kindisch. Ausgewachsene Kinder, das sind auch seine Freunde von nebenan (Bruce Dern und Rick Ducommun) und sie gründen sofort eine Bürge...


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The burbs is a dark, twisted and altogether hilarious suburban comedy; endlessly quotable, perfectly cast (especially Bruce Dern and Henry Gibson) and full of surprises. My top 10 favorite moments: 10) Just how much food Ducommun is prepared to eat in his first scene (including pancakes, french toast, bacon, eggs, sausage, a bottle of syrup, dogfood, a pineapple and ribs.) 9) Dern screaming he's going to catch the dog and "staple his @$$ shut" 8) Hanks throwing his coffee at the paperboy. 7) When they're throwing garbage all over the street and arguing. 6) The way Ruben is staring at Hanks during the housewarming visit. 5) Dern eating animal crackers while on the roof and soon after, "Yo, Rumsfield!" and he falls off the roof and shoots out a car window. 4) Dern and Ducomm...

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