The Burbs
- Tom Hanks

Overview - Set in an average neighborhood that is anything but average, Tom Hanks portrays suburbanite Ray Peterson, who finally takes a much-needed week of vacation. However, Ray doesn't use the time to jet off to some exotic locale, there are no frolicsome adventures in his plans, all he wants is a week of mindless relaxation in his own comfortable suburban home.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Set in an average neighborhood that is anything but average, Tom Hanks portrays suburbanite Ray Peterson, who finally takes a much-needed week of vacation. However, Ray doesn't use the time to jet off to some exotic locale, there are no frolicsome adventures in his plans, all he wants is a week of mindless relaxation in his own comfortable suburban home. His wife Carol (Carrie Fisher) warns him that he's liable to go crazy from the boredom, but he refuses to listen. The nothingness finally does get to him, however, and he creates a little excitement for himself by spying on his neighbors - the Klopeks, a mysterious, oddball family that just moved in to a dilapidated home down the street. When the neighborhood grouch mysteriously disappears, Ray and a motley crew of other neighborhood crackpots begin to concoct wild theories about the strange, and perhaps murderous, goings on in the Klopek's creepy, old house. For one brief, shining moment their lives seem to have some meaning and purpose as Ray and his friends become consumed with the secrets of the bizarre family. Tom Hanks is hysterical as Ray, bring his own brand of boyish charm and zany slapstick comedy to the screen.

Cast List

Joe Dante - American director, editor
Corey Feldman - American actor, GOONIES, THE LOST BOYS, FRIDAY THE 13TH IV:
Carrie Fisher - American actress, STAR WARS, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
Larry Brezner - Film Producer
Tom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Thom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Courtney Gains - Supporting Actor
Jerry Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald K. Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald Goldsmith - Film composer
Michael Hennagin - Film composer
Dana Olsen - Screenwriter, Star, '80s comedies, THE 'BURBS
Rick Ducommun - American Actor
Bruce Dern - American actor, COMING HOME
Henry Gibson - American Comedian/Actor
James Bateman - American Comedian/Actor
Olsen Gibson - American Comedian/Actor
Marshall Harvey - Editor
Ron Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronnie Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronny Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Charles Hughes
Robert M. Stevens
Rosanna Norton
Michael Finnell - Producer/Executive
Wendy Schaal - American Actress

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192351181
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2016

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Notes:
Early in the film Dave Peterson (Corey Danziger) is eating breakfast and a box of Gremlins cereal can be seen on the kitchen counter, referencing the smash success of Dante's film.

Reviews:
"...Joe Dante does have a witty visual style..." - 02/17/1989 USA Today, p.6D


"...[The] script is peppered with gems....Hanks does a fine impersonation of a regular guy on the verge of a nervous breakdown, while Dern adds another memorable psychotic to his résumé..." - 02/22/1989 Variety

 
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