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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
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Mrs. Sturak
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Gus
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Chris Claridge ...
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Mole

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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 nagging. No pulse. See more »

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Comedy

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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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Two pictures of kids are on Sue Ellen's desk at work. One picture is of Melissa. The same picture was used in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). See more »

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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 »

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Walter Crandell: [Kenny serves burnt black Belgian waffles] Doesn't look like Julia's.
Kenny Crandell: Shut up, quizzoid, and eat.
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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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References Super Password (1984) See more »

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Performed by Lorraine Lewis
Produced by Bill Wray
Written by Bill Wray
Published by Virgin Music, Inc./Bill Wray Music
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"Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead"- 8/10. Christina Applegate brings humor to this classic 80's style movie.
16 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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

This is one of the best and the last 80's style comedies along the lines of "Uncle Buck". Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate) is the oldest of 3 brothers- Kenny (Keith Coogan), Walter (Robert Gorman), Zach (Christopher Pettiet) , and 1 sister- Melissa (Danielle Harris). Excited about her mom leaving for Australia on vacation, Sue Ellen is expecting to have a great summer- that is until she discovers she is going to be "babysat" by the evil Mrs. Sturak- a mean, grumpy old hag who gives you book reports instead of letting you watch television in the evening. Then, Mrs. Sturak dies- leaving Sue Ellen and her four siblings to survive the summer, prompting her to get a job to support her brothers and sister, put food on the table, and learn the true meaning of responsibility. This movie has some laughs and is pretty fun and entertaining. A good family comedy. 8/10.


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