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The Babysitter (1980)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  28 November 1980 (USA)
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Spoiled eleven-year-old Tara's new best friend from next-door gets hired as a live-in babysitter, but things soon go horribly wrong when Tara's mom starts hitting the bottle and fighting with her dad.

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Liz Benedict (as Patty Duke Astin)
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Dr. Jeff Benedict
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Tara Benedict
David Wallace ...
Scotty
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Tom Montgomery
Virginia Kiser ...
Mrs. Welford
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Joanna Redwine
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Dr. Lindquist
Hildy Brooks ...
Barbara
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Mr. Farragut
Ty Haller ...
Minister (as Richard Ty Haller)
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Overprotective mother Liz Benedict meets 18 year-old orphan Joanna Redwine and hires her as house help and live-in companion to rambunctious daughter Tara. Liz's husband Jeff isn't too thrilled with the arrangement, and his fears soon prove justified when Joanna begins to manipulate everyone and to slowly destroy the family. Meanwhile next-door neighbor Dr. Linquist investigates and discovers Joanna has a disturbing past. Written by Mike Sauter <FastForwd@aol.com>

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She drove the mother crazy, she seduced the father - now, what is going to happen to little Tara?

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Drama | Thriller

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28 November 1980 (USA)  »

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A Enviada do Mal  »

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Dr. Lindquist: You saw the police, that's what this is about isn't it? Why are you afraid of the police, Joanna?
Joanna Redwine: I'm not afraid of anyone... stop prying into my life! Just leave me alone.
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Remade as While the Children Sleep (2007) See more »

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Time Lapse
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Written by Eric Allen & Frank Reidy
Bruton Music
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Curious TV-movie shrouded with non-existent mystery
27 February 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Good acting by a solid cast makes this somewhat-familiar material worth slogging through, even though the issues it raises seem to get all fouled up. Patty Duke Astin plays a doctor's wife who has hired a mysterious young woman to care for her rather hapless daughter, which causes friction in their already-shaky household. Quinn Cummings, fresh off her stint on TV's "Family", has a few surprisingly strong scenes standing up to babysitter Stephanie Zimbalist, but Zimbalist's role is a wash-out. Her character isn't given the grand, juicy build-up that villains usually receive in television suspensers, but perhaps this time it was a mistake (director Peter Medak is so overly-cautious letting the pieces fall into place that he becomes unintentionally coy about the whole thing). The film is shrouded in murk; Medak, going for a low-key mood, doesn't allow the drama to take shape, and as a result the story and characters become lethargic blobs.


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