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The Babysitter (1980)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 28 November 1980
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
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Scotty
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Tom Montgomery
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Mrs. Welford
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Joanna Redwine
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Dr. Lindquist
Hildy Brooks ...
Barbara
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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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28 November 1980 (USA)  »

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A Enviada do Mal  »

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Tara Benedict: I hate to wait for people, don't you? Come on Abby, let's go for a drive.
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Remade as While the Children Sleep (2007) See more »

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nice job done here
8 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Acting and story are tops. The babysitter is an otherworldly-looking, eerie kind of character. The 12-year-old, upon first seeing her, asks, "Are you real?" She looks like she's stepped out of a dream,mesmerizing, hypnotizing. And she works her way into this family of three--mother father daughter--wealthy, living in a large house on the water outside of Seattle, and she wreaks her awful havoc. The story moves along, and your eyes are glued to the screen, as you watch the whole thing work its way to its conclusion. The females in this movie are impressive--that would be the mother, daughter and babysitter. And of course, William Shatner as the father/husband--the ultimate likable good-guy. Skilled movie makers and actors (and writers) put this thing together and they came out with a polished, entertaining product.


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