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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 overview, first billed only:
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Chris Claridge ...


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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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

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The Real World  »

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Christina Applegate gained almost 10 pounds to play a 17-year-old teenager. She lost all of that weight soon after filming ended to continue her role on Married with Children (1986). See more »


Several times, the children refer to being on summer vacation. However, the computer at the office reads March 22, 1989, and the tickets Sue Ellen gets as a gift read April 1st, 1990. See more »


Walter Crandell: [watching a game show, trying to guess the answer] Alaska... Alaska... Alaska container... Alaska... spill.
[Mrs Sturak turns the TV off]
Walter Crandell: Hey! I was watching that!
Mrs. Sturak: TV rots your brains!
[picks up first volume of the encyclopedia and tosses it to Walter]
Mrs. Sturak: Go to your room! I expect a complete report tomorrow morning on the life of the aardvark!
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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 »


Referenced in Megas XLR: Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Coop (2004) See more »


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 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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