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Adventures in Babysitting -- When a frantic friend needs her help, a quiet evening turns into a wild expedition 
for a teen babysitter. With her three young charges along for the ride, she heads to Chicago for a trip that they'll never forget!
Adventures in Babysitting -- Clip: Chris Faints
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Writer:
David Simkins (written by)
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Release Date:
3 July 1987 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A lifetime of fun in just one night. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elisabeth Shue ... Chris

Maia Brewton ... Sara

Keith Coogan ... Brad

Anthony Rapp ... Daryl
Calvin Levels ... Joe Gipp

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Dawson (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)

Penelope Ann Miller ... Brenda

George Newbern ... Dan
John Ford Noonan ... Pruitt

Bradley Whitford ... Mike

Ron Canada ... Graydon
John Davis Chandler ... Bleak (as John Chandler)
Dan Ziskie ... Mr. Anderson
Allan Aarons ... Janitor #1

Marcia Bennett ... Nurse
Rummy Bishop ... Janitor #2
David Blacker ... Cleminski

Lolita Davidovich ... Blonde (as Lolita David)
John Dee ... Old Man
Monica Devereux ... Teenage Runaway

Clarke Devereux ... Gangster at Table
Rick Goldman ... Adulterer
Deryck Hazel ... Maitre D'
John Hemphill ... Drunk at Party
Frank Hill ... El Train Attendant
Philip Honey ... Jock

Clark Johnson ... Black Gang Leader
Maryann Kelman ... Passenger
Kirsten Kieferle ... Sesame
Peter Lavender ... Hot Dog Vendor
Kevin Lund ... Huge Guy
Southside Johnny Lyon ... Band Leader at Frat Party (as Southside Johnny)
Allan Merovitz ... Man with Gun
Sam Moses ... Dr. Nuhkbane
Les Nirenberg ... Fat Man
Juan Ramírez ... Chicano Leader (as Juan Ramirez)
Richard Rebiere ... Friend

Diane Robin ... Nurse

Sandi Ross ... Bag Lady
Charlene Shipp ... Mrs. Pruitt
Sandra Shuman ... Mrs. Parker
Linda Sorensen ... Mrs. Anderson
Walt Woodson ... Gang Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaap Broeker ... Maitre'D (uncredited)
Albert Collins ... Himself (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... Boy on Street (uncredited)

Andrew Shue ... Extra (uncredited)

David Simkins ... Frat Boy with Playboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Columbus 
 
Writing credits
David Simkins (written by)

Produced by
Debra Hill .... producer
Lynda Obst .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
William Steinkamp 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Todd Hallowell 
 
Art Direction by
Barbara Dunphy 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May  (as Dan May)
 
Costume Design by
Judith R. Gellman 
 
Makeup Department
Bryan Charbonneau .... hair stylist (as Bryan Charboneau)
Linda Gill .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Coatsworth .... production manager
Issy Shabtay .... production supervisor
John G. Wilson .... unit production manager: Chicago
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Daniel J. Heffner .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann-Marie Ferney-Tellez .... third assistant director (as Anne-Marie Ferney)
Todd Hallowell .... second unit director
Madeleine Henrié .... second assistant director (as Madeleine Henrie)
Tony Lucibello .... first assistant director
Tony Lucibello .... first assistant director: Chicago
Robert J. Wilson .... second assistant director: Chicago
 
Art Department
Tory Bellingham .... assistant property master
Bill Harman .... construction coordinator
Gregory P. Keen .... assistant art director (as Gregory Keen)
Matthew Lammerich .... scenic artist
Don Miloyevich .... property master
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Tom Southwell .... illustrator
Eve Cauley .... leadperson: Chicago (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... stand-by painter: Chicago (uncredited)
Drew Struzan .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard Friedman .... adr editor (as Dick Friedman)
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: dolby
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Ice .... sound editor
Roxanne Jones .... sound editor
Fred Judkins .... supervising sound editor
David Lee .... sound mixer
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard Neiman .... sound editor (as Howard S.M. Neiman)
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (uncredited)
Dick Hansen .... production sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist (uncredited)
William Jacobs .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bob Hall .... special effects technician
Michael O'Connor .... special effects technician
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Lloyd .... mattes
John Coats .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision (uncredited)
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rick Rische .... matte painter (uncredited)
David Stump .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Marcus Tate .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Allan Angus .... stunts
Dan Beckon .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
James Fierro .... stunts
Linda J. Gamboney .... stunts
Jennifer Granger .... stunts
Mark Harper .... stunts
Michael Hernandez .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Rick LeFevour)
Nina Leone .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts
Leslie Munro .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Alison Reid .... stunts
Corinne Stafford .... stunts
Barry Swatuk .... stunts
Kay Whipple .... stunts (as Kay H. Whipple)
Rich Wilkie .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alphonse Blumenthal .... best boy: Chicago (as Al Blumenthal)
Angelo Colavecchia .... second assistant camera operator
Eugene F. Crededio .... gaffer: Chicago
David Crone .... second camera operator
Dennis De La Mata .... best boy: Chicago (as Dennis Delamata)
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Henri Fiks .... camera operator
Roger Gebhard .... first assistant camera operator
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Cal Kohne .... dolly grip
James Kohne .... best boy grip
Bill Pryde .... second assistant camera operator
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Kerry Smart .... first assistant camera operator
Gillian Stokvis .... second assistant camera operator
Joseph S. Yario .... grip: Chicago (as Joseph J. Yario)
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Paolo Cascio .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Deirdre Bowen .... casting: Canada
Paula Herold .... additional casting
Michael Hirshenson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Graham Docherty .... wardrobe assistant
Erla Lank .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Michael Pacek .... second assistant editor
Robin Russell .... first assistant editor
Karl F. Steinkamp .... first assistant editor (as Karl Steinkamp)
Michael T. Wilson .... second assistant editor (as Mike Wilson)
 
Location Management
Joseph T. Doyle .... location manager: Chicago
Orest Haba .... assistant location manager
Keith Large .... location manager
Ron Gwynne .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... additional orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Christopher Brooks .... supervising music editor (as Christopher S. Brooks)
Orion Crawford .... song transcriber - uncredited
Bruce Dukov .... musician (violin)
Mike Gormley .... music supervisor: O.S.S.
Seth Kaplan .... music supervisor: O.S.S.
Norman Ludwin .... musician
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Lars Clutterham .... copyist (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Fred Ionson .... transportation coordinator
John P. McAuliffe .... transportation captain: Chicago (as John McAuliffe)
 
Other crew
Randi Chernov .... assistant: Ms. Hill
Janet Damp .... assistant: Mr. Columbus
Monica Devereux .... choreographer
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Ann Green .... stand in for Elizabeth Shue
Mara McSweeny .... production coordinator
Phill Norman .... title designer: main titles
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor
Paul 'Numbers' Steinke .... production auditor (as Paul D. Steinke)
Ron Annabelle .... mechanic (uncredited)
Kathy Bond .... production assistant (uncredited)
Linda Callow .... stand-in: Linda Sorenson (uncredited)
Lisa S. Girolami .... associate production executive (uncredited)
Omar McClinton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Deb K. Oyer .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Gerry Therrien .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Raja Gosnell .... thank you
Haig Manoogian .... thank you
Stacey Sher .... thank you
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Night on the Town" - Australia, Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (alternative title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Ontario) (re-rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-10 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (cut) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2003) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #28566) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Andie MacDowell was considered for the lead role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Around 1 hour and 15 minutes, they said that the time was 11:41 pm. But when they were driving on the street, the clock on the tower was around 10:03 pm.See more »
Quotes:
Nurse:Dr. Nuhkbane, the guy with the stab wounds just died.
Dr. Nuhkbane:Oh dear.
Chris:Oh, Doctor, we're looking for our friend.
Dr. Nuhkbane:Your friend? Which one is he?
Chris:Um, he's the one with the stab wounds.
Dr. Nuhkbane:Oh dear.
Chris:What?
Dr. Nuhkbane:I'm sorry. Your friend is dead.
Sarah:Dead?
Daryl:Dead?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Twenty Five MilesSee more »

FAQ

Why is Chris wearing a dress on the movie cover?
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31 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Brenda Brenda Brenda!, 14 May 2005
Author: the-jerk from Newark, DE

"Adventures in Babysitting" is an underrated gem featuring a very strong young cast. The movie opens with Chris Parker (played by Elizabeth Shue in a very early starring role) first finding out that her boyfriend can't make their big date that night. So she agrees to babysit Sara and Brad Anderson, played by Maia Brewton and Keith Coogan (both of whom have dropped off the face of the earth, apparently, in the last 10 or 15 years). Sara's kind of a brat, and Brad has a crush on Chris. Brad's best friend Daryl (played by Anthony Rapp, who went on to appear in "Dazed and Confused" and "Road Trip"), who is an annoying wise-ass, also drops by. Things go okay until Chris gets a call from her best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller), who says that she ran away from home, and is now stuck at a bus station in the city with no money and no way home, and of course she can't call her parents. This prompts Chris to take the kids (including Daryl) on a little trip, and of course, hilarious hijinks ensue.

They have a tire blow-out, and are helped by a mechanic with a hook for a hand. Their car is then stolen, and they go to try to get it back. They're caught by the mobsters running the car ring, and have to escape (which they achieve by walking along a very thin metal beam overhead). But the mobsters catch them trying to leave, forcing them on the run and leading to one of the funniest scenes in the movie: going through a blues club, the singer stops them, saying "Ain't nobody leaves here without singing the blues." So they do, Chris leading, singing a song about their predicament. It's both cute and hilarious, with the others joining in singing back-up ("And we should be in bed!").

The rest of the movie is about them being chased through the city by these mobsters, and of course, there's one funny bit after another, with some suspenseful bits thrown in for good measure. This is all hilarious, but the best scenes are the ones interspersed throughout with Brenda trying to get along at the bus station. Penelope Ann Miller truly steals the show; scared out of her skull, she has to contend with such problems as a bum yelling at her to get out of his "house" (a phone booth); getting her glasses stolen by a bag lady (the look on the bag lady's face when she puts them on and realizes she can see is priceless); a hot dog vendor who won't help her out ("Then I don't have a wiener!" he says when she says she doesn't have any cash); and a jumbo-sized sewer rat she tries to rescue, thinking it's a cute little kitty cat (because she can't see). This is probably the best part Penelope Ann Miller has ever had, and she demonstrates a surprising talent for screwball comedy.

Like I said, the rest of the young cast is great; Shue pretty much began her career here, and Coogan, Rapp, and Brewton (who was also very funny on the also underrated TV show "Parker Lewis Can't Lose", which I'm dying to see come out on DVD) put in funny, though clichéd, parts. "Adventures in Babysitting" is one of those movies that just sounded kind of dumb based on the title (like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), but if you haven't seen it, give it a try anyway; the brilliant gags and the strong acting made it work.

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