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Release Date:
20 September 1981 (USA) See more »
A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win See more »
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afterschool cautionary tale courtesy of Patty Duke and Sean Astin See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)

Patty Duke ... Barbara Reynolds (as Patty Duke Astin)

Nancy McKeon ... Nancy Parks

Lance Guest ... Michael Reynolds

Sean Astin ... Brian Reynolds

Deena Freeman ... Judy

Terrence Beasor ... Parks
Sean De Veritch ... Matthew (as Sean DeVeritch)
Leah Kates ... Dr. Jessica Gage

Toni Sawyer ... Mrs. Parks
Sandy Sprung

Beverly Todd ... Louise Hawley
Harvey Vernon
Joseph Whipp ... Coach Egan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Michael Baran
Marian Wilson ... (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Gwen Arner 
Writing credits
Jeri Taylor (teleplay)

Sydney Julien (story) and
Jeri Taylor (story)

Produced by
Virginia L. Carter .... executive producer
Fern Field .... producer
Bruce Hendricks .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Anderson 
Cinematography by
Serge Haignere (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mario Di Mambro  (as Mario DiMambro)
Casting by
Carol L. Dudley  (as Carol Dudley)
Art Direction by
Jeremy Railton 
Set Decoration by
Jocelyn Railton 
Makeup Department
Nancy Ferguson .... makeup artist (as Nancy Fergusen)
Production Management
Bruce Hendricks .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth D. Collins .... second assistant director (as Ken Collins)
Michael Klick .... first assistant director
Leslie Waldman .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Mark Hopkins McNabb .... boom operator (as Mark McNab)
David Schneiderman .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Apger .... second assistant camera
Alan S. Blauvelt .... first assistant camera (as Alan Blauvelt)
Merle Miller .... gaffer
John Stabile .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Conner .... assistant costumer (as Jean Connor)
Christine Nicholson .... costumer
Other crew
Julie Jones .... production coordinator
Sydney Julien .... program consultant
Stan J. Katz .... technical advisor (as Stan J. Katz Ph.D.)

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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Originally produced for the ABC Afterschool Special series, Please Don't Hit Me, Mom made its debut in prime time as one of three ABC Theater for Young Americans presentations on September 20, 1981; the film finally aired as an Afterschool Special under the same title on January 19, 1983.See more »


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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
afterschool cautionary tale courtesy of Patty Duke and Sean Astin, 27 August 2002
Author: thomandybish from Weaverville, NC

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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