Burbs

Directed By: Joe Dante Starring: Tom Hanks

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This is perhaps Tom Hanks' least critically lauded film over the last ten years. Nevertheless, fans of Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, and Corey Feldman (if any exist out there) may be suprised by this film. The cinematography really is enjoyable as is the John Hugheseque style humor. The film tells the story of five homes, and their occupants, who live on a street in suburbia. Hanks and and his two neighbors become convinced that the new neighbors on the block are killers and the three spend a weekend trying to find evidence of their neighbors' guilt. The film contains a great deal of slapstick comedy which is greatly amusing at points. However the most enjoyable portions of the film come in the conversations between the three neighbors. Much truth about suburban society and gossip lies in these interactions and careful consideration shows that this film has much more to offer beyond the comedic bits.

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Suburban Society Under The Microscope

by kinch on 12/20/1999

This is perhaps Tom Hanks' least critically lauded film over the last ten years. Nevertheless, fans of Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, and Corey Feldman (if any exist out there) may be suprised by this film. The cinematography really is enjoyable as is the John Hugheseque style humor. The film tells the story of five homes, and their occupants, who live on a street in suburbia. Hanks and and his two neighbors become convinced that the new neighbors on the block are killers and the three spend a weekend trying to find evidence of their neighbors' guilt. The film contains a great deal of slapstick comedy which is greatly amusing at points. However the most enjoyable portions of the film come in the conversations between the three neighbors. Much truth about suburban society and gossip lies in these interactions and careful consideration shows that this film has much more to offer beyond the comedic bits. Read More

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This is a classic

by Deanna Zingsheim on 3/21/2012

I love this movie, it makes me laugh everytime i watch it. Its great to have a web site that has a wide selection of movies to pick from, even the rare ones. Read More

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Product Overview

Hanks is a mild-mannered suburbanite whose idyllic neighborhood is turned upside-down when a suspicious family moves in.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40108919
UPC 025192052828
UPC 14 00025192052828
Format DVD
Release Date 6/3/2003
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3235
Keywords
Cannibalism
Mishaps
Mystery
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
USA Today "...Joe Dante does have a witty visual style..." 02/17/1989 p.6D
Variety "...[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
Directors
Joe Dante
Actors
Tom Hanks
Cast & Crew
Carrie Fisher - Actor
Corey Feldman - Actor
Gale Gordon - Actor
Henry Gibson - Actor
Rick Ducommun - Actor
Tom Hanks - Actor
Wendy Schaal - Actor
Joe Dante - Director
Robert M. Stevens - Director of Photography
Jerry Goldsmith - Musical Score
Dana Olson - Writer/Story
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 20528
UPC 00025192052828
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English Narrated, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review As a director, Joe Dante has a sharp eye for the peculiarity of everyday things, and in The 'Burbs, his new comedy starring Tom Hanks, a placid suburban neighborhood becomes a kind of yuppie Hell town.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 0
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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