The 'Burbs

The 'Burbs

1989 film by Joe Dante
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The 'Burbs
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The 'Burbs is a 1989 American black comedy film directed by Joe Dante, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal and Henry Gibson, and co-starring Gale Gordon. The film was written by Dana Olsen, who also has a cameo in the movie. The film pokes fun at suburban environments and their sometimes eccentric dwellers.

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Dana Olsen
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  • February 17, 1989 (1989-02-17)
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101 minutes
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United States
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English
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$37,000,000 USD
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Ray Peterson: Remember what you were saying about people in the 'burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then SNAP? WELL, THAT'S US. IT'S NOT THEM, THAT'S US. WE'RE the ones who are vaulting over the fences, and peeking in through people's windows. We're the ones who are THROWING GARBAGE IN THE STREET, AND LIGHTING FIRES. WE'RE THE ONES WHO ARE ACTING SUSPICIOUS AND PARANOID, ART. WE'RE THE LUNATICS. US. IT'S NOT THEM. It's us.
Art Wiengartner: (after a pause) I don't know what to say... What, do you want me to move?
  • 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" (1962), "Here`s Lucy" (1968), and "Life with Lucy" (1986).
  • 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 (1984) and Corey Feldman was in Gremlins (1984).
  • In the Klopek basement there is a sled with the name Rosebud - a reference to Citizen Kane (1941).
  • 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.

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