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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  1 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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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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A lifetime of fun in just one night. See more »


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Una noche por la ciudad  »

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$34,368,475 (USA)
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An early draft of the script has the part of Dawson, the garage owner, played by an extremely unfeminine woman and the scene emphasizes the humor of Sara and Brad's confusion over Dawson's gender. This part ultimately went to Vincent D'Onofrio and the scene as it appears in the film plays with Sara's fascination with the comic book hero Thor and has her confusing Dawson with her comic book hero (to Sara he's cleverly disguised as an everyday garage mechanic). See more »

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When Sara is in Chicago's downtown looking for her parents' building, she walks by a closed Scotia Bank. That is a Canadian bank, however, it has had a branch there since 1892. See more »

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Chris: [to Joe Gipp] Where are we going?
Daryl: To hell! Kind of exciting, don't you think?
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Babysitting Blues
Words by Mark Mueller
Music by Robert Kraft
Produced by Robert Kraft
Performed by Albert Collins, Elisabeth Shue (uncredited), Maia Brewton (uncredited),
Keith Coogan (uncredited), and Anthony Rapp (uncredited)
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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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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