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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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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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Jayne Brook and Joshua Charles, also shared screen time in the second season of Sports Night (1998). See more »

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When Sue Ellen pours cereal for the kids, she puts five spoons down in one bundle. In the next few shots, the spoons are in various positions on the table. See more »

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Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Look, we are a family of felons. Our summer freedom's going to be a winter prison unless I get some help around here. I want the house spick-and-span by Saturday night or I'm turning us all in. Are you with me?
Kenny Crandell: Guys, what do you say?
Walter CrandellZach CrandellMelissa Crandell: Yeah.
Kenny Crandell: Yeah? Come on, guys, what do you say?
Walter CrandellZach CrandellMelissa Crandell: YEAH!
Kenny Crandell: YEAH! We're with you, Sue, ROCK AND ROLL!
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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 MacGyver (1985) See more »

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I Only Have Eyes for You
Performed by Timothy B. Schmit
Produced by John Boylan & Timothy B. Schmit
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Published by Warner Bros. Inc.
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What I have to say about my favorite movie ever..."Can't you call Lizard or Hellhound?"
12 November 2004 | by (Franklin Lakes, NJ) – See all my reviews

Being one of those people that isn't heavily into the whole cinema "thing," I have my classic favorites and I stick to them. But this one outshines them all. When asked 'what is your favorite movie?' at times I am hesitant to disclose DTMTBD as my number one. First, it must be clear that this is obviously not necessarily a "good" movie, in the eyes of the Academy or critics, but it's not supposed to be. That's the beauty of it, and that's why Christina Applegate is an actress!

There are so many quotes that I would like to add to my "comments," but as most of you have probably seen it, you don't likely need a commentary; so instead I'll just get back to the QED Report so Swell can have it to New York by this afternoon.

It's too bad she and young Brian are married now -- I used to watch the grunion run with him. We'll see.


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