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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 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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Storyline

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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The tow truck driver hits a lawn jockey after reaching his house. Knocking over lawn jockey's later became a running joke in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York also directed by Chris Columbus. See more »

Goofs

When Sara is running from the gangsters, she looks up at the Associates Center, which is completely lit up. Later on when she goes into a construction site, there are no lights on anywhere. Which means the view from outside should have shown a large spot on the building's diamond-shape roof in total darkness. In this case, the left side of the diamond, according to a view of the roof as Chris drops the rope to Sara. See more »

Quotes

Bleak: Take the Brady Bunch upstairs. We'll deal with them after the meeting.
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The title does not appear until five minutes after the opening credits. See more »

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When aired on television, even on The Disney Channel, the scene where Brad calls Thor a homo was changed to where he now calls him a weirdo. See more »


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Future in Your Eyes
Written by Southside Johnny Lyon (as John Lyon) and Robin Batteaux
Performed by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (as Southside Johnny and the Jukes)
Produced by Robert Kraft
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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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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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