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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 ...
Lizard
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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,196,249
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production nearly stopped towards the end of shooting due to Christopher Pettiet's drug addiction, which was starting to get out of control. The producers cut a few of his scenes to keep the film on schedule. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1990. At the office where Sue Ellen works, a calendar on the wall reads June, but the days don't correspond to actual dates in June 1990. See more »

Quotes

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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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Stampede
Performed by Brad Gillis
Courtesy of Gilrock Ranch Productions
Written by Brad Gillis and Derek Sherinian
Published by Gilrock Ranch Music and Derek Sherinian Music
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A fun and vibrant film.
25 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I remember watching this film when I was growing up, I loved it then and I still love it.

Despite the fact it's obviously predictable, it's a fun film that's well acted and directed and has a great soundtrack.

Christina Applegate is quite impressive as Sue-Ellen, as is the rest of the cast.

Most of the characters are quite black and white with the obvious "baddies" getting their comeuppance towards the end of the film. Predictable films howeverm, aren't always bad. Especially if they are well acted and the characters are interesting. The only character that was meant to be nice that I found utterly annoying, was Josh Charles as Sue-Ellen's sugary sweet suitor, Bryan. His acting was great don't get me wrong, but I think it's safe to say Bryan wouldn't be MY type!

If anything else, this fun film is easy to watch and will remind most people in their mid 20's of their adolescents.


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