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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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A lifetime of fun in just one night. See more »


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3 July 1987 (USA)  »

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$34,368,475 (USA)
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An early draft of the script has no mention of Sara's fascination with Thor. What is included instead is a scene at Soldier Field with The Chicago Bears Players stars Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, William Perry, and Mike Singletary, who invite the team members to come to the Anderson House to watch The Mummy's Curse (1944). When they finally leave, Daryl smuggles out several of the team's jockstraps as souvenirs. The jockstraps later are used to make up the shortage of cash needed to get the station wagon out of (Miss) Dawson's garage. None of the Chicago Bears appear in the film, and the girl at the frat party mentions them briefly. See more »

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When Sara goes up in the elevator at her parents' building there are chocolate fingerprints on two of the numbered floor buttons. She ends up at the higher floor which is still under construction going right past the floor where her parents' party is. The elevator doors should have opened at the lower number floor first and seeing the party going on, she would have gotten off there and wouldn't have continued going up. See more »

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Brad: Uh... where's the spare?
Daryl: Maybe it's on the car... you think?
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Shot of the thug who chased the little girl outside of skyscraper whimpering about being stuck out there. See more »

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Referenced in Full House: Misadventures in Babysitting (1990) See more »

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Real Wild Child
Words and Music by Johnny O'Keefe (as John O'Keefe), Johnny Greenan (as John Greenan) and Dave Owen (as David Owens)
Performed by Iggy Pop
Courtesy of A&M 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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