A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Barbara Reynolds (as Patty Duke Astin)
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Nancy Parks
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Michael Reynolds
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Brian Reynolds
Deena Freeman ...
Judy
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Parks
Sean De Veritch ...
Matthew (as Sean DeVeritch)
Leah Kates ...
Dr. Jessica Gage
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Mrs. Parks
Sandy Sprung
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Louise Hawley
Harvey Vernon
Joseph Whipp ...
Coach Egan
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J. Michael Baran
Marian Wilson ...
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A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother.

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20 September 1981 (USA)  »

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Sean Astin's first movie. See more »

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afterschool cautionary tale courtesy of Patty Duke and Sean Astin
27 August 2002 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

This movie, which I believe was originally an afterschool special, concerns a family dealing with the reality of child abuse. Patty Duke is a single mother dealing with the difficulties of raising two sons alone in a new community. She hires teen Nancy McKeon to babysit her youngest son (Sean Astin in his first film appearance). Through the course of the movie, as McKeon gets to know her young charge, she realizes that he is, in fact, being physically abused by his mother. Duke, as usual, turns in a great performance as the conflicted mother, struggling to control the rage that prompts the abuse and feeling guilty over the results. While it may have seemed cutting edge 20 years ago, the film comes across now as a bombastic public service announcement, watering down the complexities of the nature of abuse presumably to make the situation understandable to kids and teens. It might be shown somewhere like the LIFETIME network, which seems to have a soft spot for Patty Duke TV movies.


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