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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 3 July 1987 (USA)
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A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writer:

David Simkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Shue ... Chris
Maia Brewton ... Sara
Keith Coogan ... Brad
Anthony Rapp ... Daryl
Calvin Levels Calvin Levels ... Joe Gipp
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Dawson (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
Penelope Ann Miller ... Brenda
George Newbern ... Dan
John Ford Noonan John Ford Noonan ... Pruitt
Bradley Whitford ... Mike
Ron Canada ... Graydon
John Davis Chandler ... Bleak (as John Chandler)
Dan Ziskie ... Mr. Anderson
Allan Aarons Allan Aarons ... Janitor #1
Marcia Bennett ... Nurse
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Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her boyfriend, Mike Todwell, stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, she settles down with three kids for a night of TV...and boredom. But when her frantic friend, Brenda, calls and pleads to be rescued from the bus station in downtown Chicago, the evening soon explodes into an endless whirl of hair raising adventures. Chris and the kids leave their safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city, never imagining how terrifyingly funny their expedition will become. Written by Anonymous

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A lifetime of fun in just one night. See more »


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Trivia

Tatum O'Neal was offered the lead role, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When the kids are boarding the elevator in the office building, the buttons indicate that it is an Otis Series 1 elevator. However; the chime, the call buttons on the floors themselves, and the directional indicators on top of the elevator doors are NOT those of an Otis Series 1. An Otis Series 1 elevator would have a low-frequency chime instead of the high-frequency chime heard in the movie; call buttons that match the floor buttons inside the elevator (except with arrows); and the directional indicator would be a green arrow instead of a white light. In other words, the elevator is partly Otis Series 1 and partly some other brand. These could be new elevators in an older installation, however. If this is the case, the call buttons and directional indicators would've almost definitely been replaced as well. See more »

Quotes

Nurse: Dr. Nuhkbane, the guy with the stab wounds just died.
Dr. Nuhkbane: Oh dear.
Chris: Oh, Doctor, we're looking for our friend.
Dr. Nuhkbane: Your friend? Which one is he?
Chris: Um, he's the one with the stab wounds.
Dr. Nuhkbane: Oh dear.
Chris: What?
Dr. Nuhkbane: I'm sorry. Your friend is dead.
Sarah: Dead?
Daryl: Dead?
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Crazy Credits

Shot of the thug who chased the little girl outside of skyscraper whimpering about being stuck out there. See more »

Alternate Versions

On television broadcasts, during the subway scene, "fuck" is changed to "fool." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Can't Stop
Written by Barry Goldberg and Jay Gruska
Performed by Percy Sledge
Produced by Jay Gruska
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Charming
16 January 2005 | by marlowe_is_deadSee all my reviews

For an unknown (to me) reason, when I saw this on British TV, it was called "A Night On The Town", a far inferior title than 'Adventures in Babysitting', although maybe they figured that parents would think this a children's movie...

Anyway, the movie itself is charming in that way that only 1980s US comedy films are. There is an air of innocence to the whole thing, before these more conscious and overtly cynical days that we know and hate now - maybe a reason why 1980s retro is all the rage now... that, and things are cyclical.

I thought the film WAS charming, although entirely far-fetched in its plot lines, although I think that was kind of the point. The characters, while not being very complicated, were warm and at least not entirely two-dimensional, and the little girl was quite cute and not extremely annoying as could have happened.

Overall, I'd recommend it to hounds who love to watch 80s films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,901,297, 5 July 1987

Gross USA:

$34,368,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,368,475
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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