Monday, 2 September 2013

The 'Burbs Review

The 'Burbs

Release Date: 22nd June 1989 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Imagine Entertainment

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 97 minutes

Budget: $18,000,000

Box Office Gross: $49,101,993

Plot Summary
To the disappointment of
his wife Carol, Ray
decides to spend a
relaxing week at home,
and soon gets into trouble
with his neighbors - a
hefty busybody, a freaked-
out ex-solider, and a
spacey teenager - as
they observe the strange
happenings next door at
the Klopek's bizarre
residence. When the
neighborhood grouch
suddenly disappears, the
men are convinced the
ramshackle house hides
some hideous clues. Armed
with assault rifles, high-
powered binoculars and
a shovel, they decide to
see for themselves exactly
what is going on in the
Klopek place.

Tom Hanks - Ray Peterson
Carrie Fisher - Carol Peterson
Bruce Dern - Lt. Mark Rumsfield
Rick Ducommun - Art Weingarter
Corey Feldman - Ricky Butler
Henry Gibson - Dr. Werner Klopek
Brother Theodore - Uncle
Reuben Klopek
Courtney Gain - Hans Klopek
Wendy Schaal - Bonnie Rumsfield
Gale Gordon - Walter Seznick

Director - Joe Dante
Producers - Larry Brezner and Michael Finnell
Co-Producer/Writer - Dana Olsen
Production Designer - James H. Spencer
Director of Photography - Robert Stevens
Music - Jerry Goldsmith

Before Tom Hanks was an exclusive A class actor producing unforgettable hits like FORREST GUMP (click here) APOLLO 13, and PHILADELPHIA, he was well-known in the early years of the 1980s as a light-hearted comedian and doing some entries that the audience have come to admire his sensual handsome face. One of his obscure movies I hand-picked was THE 'BURBS, a suburbia-mystery comedy and it occasionally does have some chestnut humour to amuse most people who some will know is about the dysfunctional neighbourhood of nosy parkers.

Forget the overblown and cheesy plot, it has very-well played supporting acting of Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern and Corey Feldman. The bottom line is that this film is very entertaining and draws the viewers into seeing THE 'BURBS which is an underrated nostalgic comedy that probably does look a bit like an extended episode of a program.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

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