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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
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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Scotty: [Passes Tara a mallet to kill the fish with] Here, whap it in the head!
Tara Benedict: Oh, I can't!
Joanna Redwine: Let me do it...
[Joanna pounds the mallet savagely over the fish's head several times, brutally killing it while her peers watch in horror]
Joanna Redwine: [realizing what she has done] I'm sorry... I... I didn't mean it...
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Written by Gerhard Narholz (as Norman Candler)
Sonoton Music
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8 February 2002 | by (OH.) – See all my reviews

This movie was pretty descent. A few times I wasn't sure where it was going, but it always seemed to keep me interested. It kept pulling me back in. I guess that is a way I could put it. I really like how the movie was photographed. It added to the overall mood of it.


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