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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 June 1991 (USA)
Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.

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Rose Lindsey
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Bryan
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Mom
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Bruce
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Cathy
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Carolyn
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Mrs. Sturak
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Gus
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Chris Claridge ...
Lizard
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Mole
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Storyline

Single mother goes away for the summer. The kids are first delighted but then find that Mom has hired the sitter from hell to stay with them. When the sitter dies of a sudden coronary they deposit the body at a mortuary only to discover all their summer expense money was in her purse. The kids must find a way to survive the summer without mom or her money. This means actual work! Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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No rules. No curfews. No baths. No nagging. No pulse. See more »

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Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

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The Real World  »

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$25,196,249 (USA)
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Keith Coogan is the grandson of Jackie Coogan, Uncle Fester on The Adams Family. Jackie Coogan was also the impetus for Coogan's Law, a law which protects child actors from being exploited by unethical parents, agents and show business producers. The law was passed when Coogan discovered, at age 21, after years of working in showbusiness, that his bank account had been completely depleted. All the money he had earned doing movies as a child were taken by his mother, who stated, unapologetically, "Any money Jackie made prior to the age of 21 is legally ours, we never promised him otherwise". See more »

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When Sue Ellen shoots Gus with the water gun, the squirt on his pants changes size between the close up and the long shot. See more »

Quotes

Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: [searching the house for the money] She must've had it on her!
Melissa Crandell: Well it's ours! Go back and get it from the old hag!
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Oh yeah, we'll just go down there and say "excuse me, we left our money on dead baby sitter". No way!
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Crazy Credits

The two groundskeepers for the cemetery stand over the Babysitters grave and comment how nice it was for her to leave them the money. The tombstone reads "Nice Old Lady inside who died of natural causes". See more »

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Features The French Chef (1962) See more »

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Runnin' on Luck Again
Performed by Valentine
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Adam Holland, Gerard Zappa, Hugo Valenti, Craig Pullman and Neil Galluccio
Published by Snatch Magic Music
(Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.)
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Fun from the word GO!
14 July 2012 | by (Tasmania, Australia) – See all my reviews

How could you NOT like this movie! I am watching it right now, and it has inspired me to write a review, and hopefully give it more recognition and more importantly, a higher rating!!!! Kids home alone with no parents, free to do whatever, but also trying to maintain living! Each character has their own stereotype- Walter the youngest: a handful, Melissa: the disobedient tomboy, Kenny: the headbanging rocker drop-out, Zachary: the calm, but sneaky love struck teen and Sue-Ellen: the responsible, yet hip mother of her siblings. This movie is full of much excitement and a great plot. You cannot go past this underrated classic!


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