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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:
Calvin Levels ...
Dawson (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
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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A lifetime of fun in just one night. 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?


Julia Louis-Dreyfus auditioned for the lead role, but withdrew in favor of Jodie Foster. But Foster, also withdrew, leaving Michelle Pfeiffer, Valerie Bertinelli, Elisabeth Shue and Justine Bateman as the only choices. Bateman withdrew from the project due to creative conflicts from the producers of Family Ties (1982). Pfeiffer left the project and instead starred in The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Bertinelli lost out to Shue on the final day of auditions. See more »


When the kids are in the upstairs bedroom of the home near the end of the film and Chris comes up to give them the all's clear, heavy traffic can be seen outside the second floor window, even though the street outside is shown as a quiet suburban neighborhood and practically empty on the following scene. See more »


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

The title does not appear until minutes after the opening credits. See more »


Referenced in Chicago Hope: Adventures in Babysitting (1999) See more »


Future In Your Eyes
Words and Music by Southside Johnny Lyon (as John Lyon) and Robin Batteaux
Produced by Robert Kraft
Performed by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (as Southside Johnny and the Jukes)
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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 (Sweden) – 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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