This story takes place in a typical American neighborhood, when some new neighbors come to live in the house next to Ray Peterson. These new people are really strange; nobody has ever seen them, their house is a real mess, and during the night you can hear weird noises from their basement. The only thing they know is their name: Klopeks. One day Walter (an old man of the neighborhood) suddenly disappears and everyone starts to suspect the Klopeks...Written by
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Of the suburban cul-de-sac setting, Joe Dante, according to the book "The Films of Tom Hanks" (1996) by Lee Pfeiffer and Michael Lewis, once said: "I asked (Production Designer) James Spencer (James H. Spencer), a veteran of Poltergeist (1982) and Gremlins (1984) if he thought he could turn that street into the neighborhood we needed in that period of time. Spencer rose to the challenge, and within a few days they began work on sketching out the proposed designs for the sets. Spencer observed, 'We had to be on the spot. Due to the lack of time, it would have been ludicrous to do our drawing elsewhere'." See more »
After the explosion, the bandage around Ray's head moves up and down. See more »
At the end of the Universal Studios logo, the camera zooms into Earth and to where the film takes place. At the end of the film, the effect is played in reverse. See more »
There were three filmed endings to the movie. The first is the one that is in the normal release of the movie both domestic and international. The second, available as the 'alternate ending' on the DVD version, follows the path of the first one, but is slightly different and does not contain the sequence in which the ambulance crashes into the house or the part where Mark Rumsfield slide tackles Hans Klopek. It does have a few more scenes which include Hans being interrogated by the police, Dr. Werner Klopek giving a speech to the police on what is wrong with the suburbs, and Ruben telling Ray that he was going to enjoy having him over for their final dinner. The third (and most downbeat) ending, which has not been released in any form officially, is supposed to have Ray get killed in the ambulance by Werner, the Klopeks are pronounced innocent, and garbage bags are found bound and gagged in the Klopek's car trunk. The last ending follows the original ending contained in the script. See more »
This is a great example of what Tom Hanks was doing in his former career of a comedic actor, before he returned to serious acting.
The story follows three incredibly nosey suburbanites, spying on their new neighbours the Klopek's as they expect them to be murderers.
Winning performances all round, but especially from Hanks. He is well supported by the likes of Carrie Fisher, as his wife, and ex-army man Bruce Dern, with Henry Gibson giving his usual solid performance.
A greatly funny movie which leaves you wondering why Hanks ever turned his back on comedy.
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