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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

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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  »


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Chris is talking with Brad and Sara in their living room, scenes from the movie Halloween can be scene on their television. As you have previously read, Debrah Hill is the producer of this film and Halloween as well. See more »


The bus station is supposedly only 30 minutes from the Andersons' house, yet as Chris and the kids are heading there, it has suddenly become nighttime outside although it wasn't even dusk when they left the house. See more »


Albert Collins: Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.
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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 »


References The Kindred (1987) See more »


What Does It Take (To Win Your Love?)
Words and Music by Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock, Harvey Fuqua
Performed by Junior Walker (as Jr. Walker)
Courtesy of Motown Records
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One of those movies you grow out of, but don't stop liking
28 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I grew up with this movie and always wanted to be like Chris. She was so beautiful and handled the toughest situations so well. She took the deadliest situations and got the kids out of them so safely. Well, now I babysit and I'm glad I never got in the same situation, but it still made for a great and fun movie.

Chris is a senior who has a big date planned with her boyfriend, but when he cancels, she is forced to babysit the Anderson's daughter, Sara. They also have a son, Brad is a couple years younger and has a huge crush on Chris and decides to cancel on his friend, Darrel to stay home with Chris. But when Chris's best friend, Brenda, calls her from the Anderson's, she finds out her friend is stranded at a bus station and can't get anyone else to help her. So Chris takes Brad and Sara and is forced to take Darrel since he won't leave them alone, they all go into the city of Chicago and end up getting a flat and get into one deadly situation after the next, even getting chased by the Mafia!

This is a fun flick that I still watch 'til this day and have so much fun with. I would always recommend this also for anyone, I truly hope it is discovered by new generations. I still enjoy singing along with the "Babysitting Blues", I think I finally feel Chris's pain, after all, I'm too old to babysit. :D


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