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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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Gus
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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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Chris Claridge ...
Lizard
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Mole
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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 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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1.85 : 1
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The original script was written with Winona Ryder in mind for the role of Sue Ellen Crandell. Justine Bateman was later cast as Sue Ellen but then left the project. Christina Applegate was cast after her Married with Children (1987) costar Ed O'Neill, who was friends with a producer of the film, gave her the script. See more »

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When the drag queens steal the Buick, and the shot cuts back to the kids, Kenny says "Liza?" while Sue Ellen's mouth clearly says "Shit." However, the audio has them both saying "Liza?" See more »

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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 »

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As Time Goes By
Produced by Bruce Nazarian
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Published by Warner Bros., Inc.
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Fun from the word GO!
14 July 2012 | by (Tasmania, Australia) – See all my reviews

How could you NOT like this movie! I am watching it right now, and it has inspired me to write a review, and hopefully give it more recognition and more importantly, a higher rating!!!! Kids home alone with no parents, free to do whatever, but also trying to maintain living! Each character has their own stereotype- Walter the youngest: a handful, Melissa: the disobedient tomboy, Kenny: the headbanging rocker drop-out, Zachary: the calm, but sneaky love struck teen and Sue-Ellen: the responsible, yet hip mother of her siblings. This movie is full of much excitement and a great plot. You cannot go past this underrated classic!


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