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Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (1981)

A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother.


Gwen Arner


Jeri Taylor (teleplay), Sydney Julien (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Barbara Reynolds (as Patty Duke Astin)
Nancy McKeon ... Nancy Parks
Lance Guest ... Michael Reynolds
Sean Astin ... Brian Reynolds
Deena Freeman ... Judy
Terrence Beasor ... Parks
Sean De Veritch Sean De Veritch ... Matthew (as Sean DeVeritch)
Leah Kates Leah Kates ... Dr. Jessica Gage
Toni Sawyer ... Mrs. Parks
Sandy Sprung Sandy Sprung
Beverly Todd ... Louise Hawley
Harvey Vernon
Joseph Whipp ... Coach Egan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Michael Baran J. Michael Baran
Marian Wilson Marian Wilson ... (scenes deleted)


A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother.

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Drama | Family | Sport

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Originally produced for the ABC Afterschool Special series, the film made its debut in prime time as one of three ABC Theater for Young Americans presentations on September 20, 1981; it finally aired as an Afterschool Special under the same title on January 19, 1983. See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.6 (2002) See more »

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afterschool cautionary tale courtesy of Patty Duke and Sean Astin
27 August 2002 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

This movie, which I believe was originally an afterschool special, concerns a family dealing with the reality of child abuse. Patty Duke is a single mother dealing with the difficulties of raising two sons alone in a new community. She hires teen Nancy McKeon to babysit her youngest son (Sean Astin in his first film appearance). Through the course of the movie, as McKeon gets to know her young charge, she realizes that he is, in fact, being physically abused by his mother. Duke, as usual, turns in a great performance as the conflicted mother, struggling to control the rage that prompts the abuse and feeling guilty over the results. While it may have seemed cutting edge 20 years ago, the film comes across now as a bombastic public service announcement, watering down the complexities of the nature of abuse presumably to make the situation understandable to kids and teens. It might be shown somewhere like the LIFETIME network, which seems to have a soft spot for Patty Duke TV movies.

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20 September 1981 (USA) See more »

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