Tom Hanks Archives
The ‘Burbs

Character: Ray Peterson
Directed by: Joe Dante
Written by: Dana Olsen
Produced by: Michael Finnell, Larry Brezner
Other cast: Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman, Rick Ducommun
Release date: February 17, 1989
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Running time: 1h 41min

Settling in for some time off in his suburban home, Ray Peterson's vacation becomes a horror when the Klopeks, a suspiciously odd family, move in down the block. Enlisting the aid of his paranoid buddy, Art, and his militia-man neighbor, Rumsfield, Ray sends his son and wife away on a trip while he investigates the Klopeks. When a neighbor disappears, Ray and his cohorts risk their lives to save their cul-de-sac from the clutches of evil.


→ A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far.
→ He’s a man of peace in a savage land… Suburbia.
→ He’s a stranger in an even stranger land… Suburbia
→ Life In The Burbs Will Never Be The Same Again!


♦ Tom Hanks improvised the scene where he picks up the gurney and puts himself into the ambulance.
♦ According to Joe Dante, Tom Hanks was hesitant to do the movie because it was the first time he was playing a dad. Hanks was concerned that this would prevent him from returning to the types of roles on which he had built his career up to that point, but Dante said Hanks was willing to go along with it.

Character’s Quotes

• 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.
• I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen anybody drive their garbage down to the street and bang the hell out of it with a stick. I-I’ve never seen that.
• Nobody knocks off an old man in my neighborhood and gets away with it.
• I’m gonna go do something productive. I’m gonna go watch television.
• So they keep to themselves, can you blame them? They live next door to people who break in their house, AND BURN IT DOWN while they’re gone for the day!