The Burbs

The Burbs (1989)

12 mistakes

Other mistake: When Tom Hanks is walking down the stairs a chainsaw comes through the wall. If you look at the wall a second earlier you can see a line where the chainsaw is supposed to come through.

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Continuity mistake: When Art is eating breakfast at the Peterson's house, he takes items from the fridge. Watch when he comes back over and talks to Ray. The position of the pineapple under his arm changes from shot to shot.

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Continuity mistake: The position of the femur in Ray's dog's mouth is different in subsequent shots.

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Revealing mistake: After Art and Ray successfully blow up the Klopek's house, Ray emerges from the ruins and the porch collapses behind him. It can be seen that the porch supports are dragged backwards towards the house to allow the porch to collapse behind Ray.

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Continuity mistake: This makes the second time that this mistake - discussed earlier - occurs. After Klopeck's house blows up, Carol Peterson drives back into the neighborhood to notice all the commotion. The first camera shot (shown from inside the vehicle) shows the front passenger's head rest to the seat is missing. Next camera shot (shown from the outside of the vehicle) shows the head rest as being back on the passenger's seat.

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Continuity mistake: When Hanz takes the lid off the garbage can, he puts it down with the handle up. Before he gets back to can with Stomper, the lid is down, but he picks it up without turning it over.

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Continuity mistake: When Tom Hanks' wife is in her station wagon to leave, the neck pads on her seat are missing, but in the next shot they appear.

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Continuity mistake: At the Klopecks, the bonfire of 'romantic' candles changes with each shot, from big candles to severely melted ones back to full ones again, a few times throughout the scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Ray and Art are running away from the Klopek's house due to them being chased by bees, in the distance you can see Walter's house. He runs into his house about 3 or 4 times between shots.

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Plot hole: According to the detective at the end Walter believes Ray kidnapped his dog, assuming he saw the note that Ray put in Walter's mail slot. But if that note was grabbed along with Walter's mail and the wig it would have burned up along with everything else when the house exploded. So how did Walter know that Ray had his dog?

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Plot hole: In the scene when the two couples go over to the Klopecs' house for their visit, the subject of Walter missing is brought up, and the Klopecs act as if they don't know where he is. But in fact, it is revealed at the end of the movie that the Klopecs were legitimately picking up Walter's mail, therefore knowing that he was in the hospital.

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Revealing mistake: When Carol suggests they introduce themselves to the Klopeks and Ray respends you can see Rick Ducummon in the background failing to stifle a laugh.

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