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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 July 1987 (USA)
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.

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Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her "dream" 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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3 July 1987 (USA)  »

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A Night on the Town  »

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$34,368,475 (USA)
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Filming began on 5 January 1987 in Toronto. After six weeks there, the production moved to Chicago, IL, and later shot some special effects sequences in Los Angeles. To make certain locations double for Chicago, production designer Todd Hallowell added garbage to the streets of Toronto; however, since Toronto's garbage collecting system was so efficient, certain crew members were made to guard the trash from being removed by city workers. Hallowell also headed up the reconstruction of Chicago's Associates Center in Toronto, recreating two of the building's forty stories and replicating the Chicago skyline with a "20 X 40" Translight backdrop. For the scene in which Sara dangles from the side of the Associates Center, a harness and pulley system was used to simulate the "illusion of Maia Brewton being suspended 40 stories up in the air" when the actress was no more than twelve feet from the ground. Other scenes filmed in Toronto included the fraternity party and bus station sequences. In Chicago, locations included: the L Train, where the Chicago Transit Authority shut down a track for several nights; Fitzgerald's nightclub; Lower Wacker Drive; the Chicago Expressway; and a lookout spot with a panoramic view of the city called "Wolfepoint Landing." See more »

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When the kids are boarding the elevator in the office building, the buttons indicate that it is an Otis Series 1 elevator. However; the chime, the call buttons on the floors themselves, and the directional indicators on top of the elevator doors are NOT those of an Otis Series 1. An Otis Series 1 elevator would have a low-frequency chime instead of the high-frequency chime heard in the movie; call buttons that match the floor buttons inside the elevator (except with arrows); and the directional indicator would be a green arrow instead of a white light. In other words, the elevator is partly Otis Series 1 and partly some other brand. These could be new elevators in an older installation, however. If this is the case, the call buttons and directional indicators would've almost definitely been replaced as well. See more »

Quotes

John Pruitt: Good luck Babysitter!
Chris: You too Mr. Pruitt!
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Crazy Credits

Shot of the thug who chased the little girl outside of skyscraper whimpering about being stuck out there. See more »

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References Gremlins (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Evil (Is Going On)
Words and Music by Willie Dixon
Performed by KoKo Taylor (as Koko Taylor)
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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This movie set new boundaries in movie-making.
28 June 2004 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I didn't want to go see this movie back in '87 with my kids, but I was dragged into it. The movie was awesome then, and it still remains a great movie. Why? The music. Anyone even remotely interested in "The Blues" as a music genre should have this DVD in their library. Not only do you get some great blues music as part of the scoring, the incidental Blues Club Scene, vintage Chicago, pulls this out of the ordinary to a slam for music lovers.

And, ... how about the straggling scene after the credits, which is standard today. Heck, I'm in my 50s, and I still have to pull this movie out to hear the harp licks.


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