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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 July 1987 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Levels ...
Dawson (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
John Ford Noonan ...
Bleak (as John Chandler)
Dan Ziskie ...
Mr. Anderson
Allan Aarons ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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  »


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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Melanie Griffith auditioned for the lead role, but backed out. See more »


On Sara's skate, her first name is spelled as "Sarah". In the end credits, it is spelled "Sara". See more »


Sarah: [about Dawson] Its Thor!
Brad: No it's no not Sara.
Sarah: [to Dawson] Don't listen to him, he says you're a homo.
Dawson: [Angrily grabs Brad by shirt] You spreading lies about me, kid?
Brad: [Nervously] Who, me? Never!
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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 »


Gimme Shelter
Words and Music by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy ABKCO Music and Records, Inc.
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A really sweet and innocent comedy about a girl who babysits but has to take a tour downtown.
16 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a really funny movie because you never really know where it's going. Basically everything that happens in it happens by accident. It's not only funny but also exciting if you aren't that old. I think it's great.

It sort of reminds me about "Afterhours" (starring Griffin Dunne) but this is the family version of that movie. Anything can happen during a crazy night or so it seems. Elisabeth Shue is good in this movie and everyone in it seems to have had a good time making it. If you just want to see a cute movie which makes you feel good , or if you've had enough of over-dramatic epics , action that blows you out of your seat and bloody horror movies , check this out. It's sweet , funny , lovable and adventurous all at the same time. If you don't like it , there are more than enough of violence out there for you.

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