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The 'burbs [1989] (1 disc)

Director:Joe Dante
Writer:Dana Olsen
Composer:Jerry Goldsmith
Length:102 minutes
(1 hour 42 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Dark Comedy
Sorting Tub:Charlie
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:30%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Ray Peterson is confronted with a disturbing possibility regarding his new neighbors.

Reaction: This is quite a unique movie that may take a couple times watching it in order to catch all the humor.

Personal Rating: 9/10

"I want to kill everyone, Satan is good, Satan is our pal."

Joe Dante => Director
Dana Olsen => Writer
Jerry Goldsmith => Composer
Brother Theodore => Uncle Reuben Klopek
Bruce Dern => Mark Rumsfield
Carrie Fisher => Carol Peterson
Corey Feldman => Ricky Butler
Cory Danziger => Dave Peterson
Courtney Gains => Hans Klopek
Dick Miller => Vic, Garbageman #1
Gale Gordon => Walter Seznick
Heather Haase => Ricky's Girlfriend
Henry Gibson => Dr. Werner Klopek
Nicky Katt => Steve Kuntz (as Nick Katt)
Rance Howard => Detective #2
Rick Ducommun => Art Weingartner
Robert Picardo => Joe, Garbageman #2
Tom Hanks => Ray Peterson
Wendy Schaal => Bonnie Rumsfield

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The movie that Ray is watching while lying down is Race with the Devil.
  • At the very beginning of the movie when the camera starts to pan down the street, the street sign is clearly visible. It is "Mayfield Place" - Mayfield was the town where the Cleavers lived on [Leave It to Beaver]. The movie was filmed on the same lot.
  • Ricky's friend "Steve Kuntz" is wearing a Skull Skates shirt. Rick Ducommun and his brother Peter started the legendary Canadian skateboard company, Skull Skates in the late 70's. The company was then called Great North Country Skateboards. The company is now the sole property of Peter.
  • Gale Gordon's final screen appearance.
  • Prop master [?] Mark Jameson was charged with making fake dog poop when the actors complained that they didn't want to step in the real thing. It was a mixture of canned dog food, bean dip, and other food items which was loaded into caulking tubes and squeezed out where needed.
  • The Klopeks named the dog "Landru", probably after Henri Landru, a notorious French serial killer.
  • Early in the movie, when Cory Danziger is eating breakfast, a box of Gremlins cereal can be seen on the kitchen counter in the background. Director Joe Dante also directed Gremlins also featuring Corey Feldman.
  • In the Klopek basement there is a sled with the name Rosebud - a reference to Citizen Kane.
  • In the scene where Ray and Art break into Walter's house, there is a picture on the table of Walter (Gale Gordon) with Lucille Ball. Ball and Gordon were co-stars of the 1948 radio show [My Favorite Husband] and the TV shows [The Lucy Show], [Here's Lucy], and [Life with Lucy].
  • Ray Peterson's (Tom Hanks) final "It's not them. It's us!" rant is used in Portland, Oregon musician Eluvium (Matthew Cooper)'s song {As I Drift Off} on his 2006 album [When I Live by the Garden and the Sea].