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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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Cast

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Gus
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Mom
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Bruce
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Cathy
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Chris Claridge ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Real World  »

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$25,196,249
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In one of the earlier script drafts, the babysitter's death was supposed to be a more elaborate story line: the Crandell children were all suspects, and they all had their reasons to kill her. Although certain scenes were scaled down, elements of their motives remain in the final cut of the film: Walter having to do a book report, Melissa forced to wear a dress, Zack losing Cynthia. See more »

Goofs

After the babysitter arrives, Sue Ellen lies on her bed talking on the phone. The tip of a brown shoe appears in her doorway. It's Melissa, waiting for her cue to walk into the bedroom. See more »

Quotes

Mom: Melissa, want to get down from there?
Melissa Crandell: No.
Mom: Get down from there.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Keep the Faith
Performed by Valentine
Produced by Bill Wray
Written by Bill Wray
Published by Virgin Music, Inc./Bill Wray Music
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Harmless entertainment
1 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

You know... I've seen this a couple of times and I'd see it again. It made me laugh. It was charming. It was a harmless flick; no psyches were harmed in the making thereof. Granted, no real thought needs to be put into watching it. But it was fun, and I enjoyed it.

Christina Applegate especially impressed me, which is noteworthy as -- at the time -- I really disliked her as a result of really disliking "Married With Children." She was not only good in her role but, I have to say, pretty much won me over.

I can't say that the film made me wish I had siblings or a dead babysitter, but it did entertain me, and it made me smile to remember it watching this review, which has got to be worth something.


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