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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
Adventures in Babysitting -- Clip: Ceiling Beam


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Release Date:
3 July 1987 (USA) See more »
A lifetime of fun in just one night. See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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)
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... additional orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Christopher Brooks .... supervising music editor (as Christopher S. Brooks)
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
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
Joseph T. Doyle .... location manager: Chicago
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Ann Green .... stand in for Elizabeth Shue
Orest Haba .... assistant location manager
Keith Large .... location manager
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)
Ron Gwynne .... location scout (uncredited)
Omar McClinton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Deb K. Oyer .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Gerry Therrien .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
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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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Australia:M | 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?

An early draft of the script has the part of Dawson, the garage owner, played by an extremely unfeminine woman and the scene emphasizes the humor of Sara and Brad's confusion over Dawson's gender. This part ultimately went to Vincent D'Onofrio and the scene as it appears in the film plays with Sara's fascination with the comic book hero Thor and has her confusing Dawson with her comic book hero (to Sara he's cleverly disguised as an everyday garage mechanic).See more »
Errors in geography: There are several skyline shots showing the Associates Center (now called Smurfit Stone) with buildings, different landmarks and an El Train route. In real life there are no buildings, El Train tracks in front of the Associates Center. In fact, the only landmarks the Associates Center faces is what is now Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan.See more »
Sarah:Hey, wait! I know why you aren't acting like yourself. You don't have your special helmet!
[off the look Dawson gives her]
Sarah:See you have the baseball cap, but you're supposed to be wearing this
[takes off her Thor helmet]
Sarah:Here, take mine. Go on, take it!
Dawson:You're giving this to me?
Sarah:Well, yeah, you're my hero!
Dawson:[Smiles] Here. Here, take the car.
[Tosses Chris the keys]
Sarah:Thanks, Thor.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
Gimme ShelterSee more »


Why is Chris wearing a dress on the movie cover?
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Adventures in Babysitting - Sweet, but Fun and Good, 15 November 2004
Author: Ubenavides21 from Austin, Texas

Uriel's Movie Reviews - Adventures in Babysitting***1/2 (1hr 39min)(Rated PG-13)

The 1987 flick from future Harry Potter and Mrs. Doubtfire director Chris Columbus, Adventures in Babysitting is a good film and it has some fun moments in it.

Its about a high school senior named Chris Parker(Elisabeth Shue) in a rich suburb of Chicago, where she has just been agrees to babysit for a pre-teen girl named Sara (Maia Brewton) and his older brother Brad(Keith Coogan), with his friend Daryl(Anthony Rapp).

The children's parents leave for a party and the babysitter relaxes thinking this will be another boring night, however, she receives a call from her friend who just ran away from home and is at the train station in Chicago. She is scared and wants her to come and pick her up. The babysitter cannot leave the children alone and so she takes them and one of the teenagers' friend on a wild and crazy adventure.

In her pursuit to pick up her friend, they have to deal with being in a love quarrel where pistol is being fired, and then, being in a stolen car that results in gangster-like characters chasing them because they posses information about their operation.

The reason why this movie is so good is that the characters are rich and come from a secluded suburban area who never had to deal with the hard life of the inner-city, and One interesting moment in the movie is when they were in a blues club and they were told they could not leave without singing the blues.

This is really good, and also fun movie to enjoy.

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