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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  3 July 1987 (USA)
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Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her "dread" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV... and boredom. But when her frantic ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Ford Noonan ...
John Davis Chandler ...
Bleak (as John Chandler)
Dan Ziskie ...
Allan Aarons ...
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Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her "dread" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV... and boredom. But when her frantic friend Brenda calls and pleads to be rescued from the bus station in downtown Chicago, the evening soon explodes into an endless whirl of hair-raising adventures! Babysitter and kids leave their safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city, never imagining how terrifyingly funny their expedition will become! Written by Anonymous

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She thought babysitting was easy money - until she started hanging out with the Andersons. See more »


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Release Date:

3 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Night on the Town  »

Box Office


$34,368,475 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this film and Back to the Future 2 & 3, Elizabeth Shue's characters last names are "Parker." See more »


As Chris and the gang are running down the alley, right before entering the Blues house, you can see at the end of the alley that it is daytime. See more »


Daryl: What are you doing? I'm trying to get a date, you're cramping my style!
Chris: She's too old for you.
Teenage Runaway: Oh, and you're not.
Chris: Well I'm his babysitter.
Teenage Runaway: How old are you?
Chris: 17.
Teenage Runaway: Me too.
Chris: You're 17? What are you doing on the street?
Teenage Runaway: I ran away from home.
Chris: [remembering why they came into the city in the first place] BRENDA!
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The title does not appear until minutes after the opening credits. See more »


Referenced in The Cosby Show: Adventures in Babysitting (1991) See more »


Just Can't Stop
Words and Music by Barry Goldberg and Jay Gruska
Produced by Jay Gruska
Performed by Percy Sledge
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Babysitting Was Never This Much Fun For Me
2 December 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie in the late 1980's I thought to myself how whenever I had babysat I had had a pretty boring night stuck in front of a TV hoping the kids wouldn't wake up crying and spoil the peace. How I wish they had been more like this movie.

Elizabeth Shue plays Chris Parker who is babysitting one night but due to certain circumstances ends up taking the kids out on the town in order to pick up one of her friends. What follows is all sorts of adventures involving thugs, crooks, thieves, the lot. The film is totally funny to watch and has some really good scenes in. Two that come to mind involve a fight between two gangs on a train and one involving the god of Thunder Thor (well, not the Thor you would be expecting).

This is an exciting movie which was typical of 1980's movies. Boy, I wish they could make movies like that now. The 80's has got to be the best decade ever for films of all genres and this movie is just one of many great comedy films of that era. Oh and by the way, I think Elizabeth Shue is beautiful and I believe this was her best role.

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