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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 July 1987 (USA)
A babysitter must leave her safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city to rescue a stranded friend, unaware of the perilous adventures that await her and the kids she's looking after who have tagged along.



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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 ...
Allan Aarons ...
Janitor #1


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

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  »

Box Office


$34,368,475 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lobby of the Associates Center in the movie is the same lobby as the real Associates Center in Chicago, including the elevator passage, and front security desk. See more »


As Chris and the gang are running down the alley, right before entering the Blues house, you can see at the end of the alley that it is daytime. See more »


Chris: Who was at the door?
Brad: Stray dog.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Step by Step: Adventures in Babysitting (1995) See more »


Expressway to Your Heart
Words and Music by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) & Leon Huff
Produced by Robert Kraft
Performed by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (as Southside Johnny and the Jukes)
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User Reviews

Just a FUN movie!
1 August 2002 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

Why does this movie have such a low rating on this site? This is such a good movie! Ok, I'll admit, the story is pretty odd, but it's still very good, and it's a great adventure.

All the actors do a great job in the film. Elizabeth Shue looks as beautiful as ever and does a great job as Chris Parker. Keith Coogan does a great job as well. Other notable cast members are Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller, Geroge Newbern, Bradley Whitford, and Lolita Davidovich. Also, I have to hand it to director Chris Columbus, he did a superb job with this film. Amazingly enough, this was his first directorial effort too. Good job Chris! It's always good to see where directors come from, if you didn't know, he went on to do "Home Alone", "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York", "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Bicentennial Man", and "Harry Potter: The Sorcerer's Stone", just to name a few.

There are so many good things about this film! This movie's got action, adventure, and comedy. The comedy in the film is absolutely fantastic! There are a few scenes that crack me up just thinking about them. ...And there are a great number of quotable lines that everyone that has seen this movie will remember.

Anyhow, I strongly suggest you see this film! I really hope that you enjoy the film if you haven't seen it already. Thanks for reading,


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