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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

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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?


According to a recent documentary about 'Jon Mikl Thor' (gv), he was originally cast in the part of Dawson. As Thor's gimmick was playing Thor the god (similar to the Marvel comic), the casting would have fit well with the movie's plot points. Thor even was involved with the pre production of the movie and participated in costume fittings. Thor was fired and the part was recast as Vincent D'Onofrio with little explanation given to Thor's agent, though it could have involved D'Onofrio's recent success in the movie Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »


The Associates Center elevator showed that there's a 46th story. In real life, the Associates Center (now known as Smurfit Stone) has 42 stories. See more »


Chris: He's with Sesame Plexer! Oooh! She's such a sleeze!
Daryl: He dumps you for some easy chick, and you get a night of hell. That doesn't seem very fair to me.
Chris: Excuse me, I'll be right back.
Daryl: This, I gotta see.
Mike: You know, Ses. Girls like you come along once in a lifetime.
Chris: Or twice in one night.
Mike: Oh wow.
Chris: How's your sister? Is she all better? You lied.
Mike: No, I didn't!
Chris: [Yelling] Don't lie!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Simpsons: Tapped Out (2012) See more »


Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock-n-Roll
Words and Music by Muddy Waters (as Morganfield) - Brownie McGhee (as McGhee)
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of CBS Records
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User Reviews

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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