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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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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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Mr. Farragut: ...She murdered my baby! Oh... they... they said it was a crib death but... she did it, Joanna did it, I'll never believe anything else... excuse me.
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Remade as While the Children Sleep (2007) See more »

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Moment of Warmth
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bizarre editing, poor sound mixing, and other problems
5 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This had potential, and it actually did realize some of it. However, the dialog is hard to hear in places, and the editing is just bizarre, several times jumping from a tense moment straight to another scene without resolving anything.

My biggest objection, though, is more fundamental: for the first two-thirds or so of the movie, the fascinating "babysitter" seems to have some kind of supernatural... something. It's never clarified what, but she seems to be almost mesmerizing people on occasion; at another moment, she is unfazed by a car nearly hitting her, almost as though she is in control of the situation more than the driver is. Then in the last third or so, that "something" seems to vanish and she is just a crazy young woman.

Zimbalist is captivatingly beautiful here and seems game to bring her character to life, and the other players are all fine in their roles. However, the story just doesn't quite make sense in spots and the relationships feel hurky-jerky. A bit more time invested into the writing would have helped, as would a better job on the sound mixing and the editing. Lacking those things, I can only give this a 4, as I ended up just wondering what the point of this was. Still, if you're a fan of stalker/psycho movies, or of Shatner or Zimbalist (or anyone else here), you will probably enjoy this at least a little bit.


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