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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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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Shue ... Chris
Maia Brewton ... Sara
Keith Coogan ... Brad
Anthony Rapp ... Daryl
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 "dream" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris 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! Babysitter and 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Night on the Town See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

When Chris confronts her boyfriend in the restaurant late in the movie, the violinist is playing the children's song, "Sing a Song of Six-pence." See more »

Goofs

On Sara's skate, her first name is spelled as "Sarah". In the end credits, it is spelled "Sara". See more »

Quotes

Daryl: Uh... Mr. Pruitt? How did you... you know... loose it?
John Pruitt: Loose what?
Daryl: Your hand. Your right hand. Was it in Nam?
John Pruitt: No, nothing like that. A few years ago I was changing tires on a big rig and the jack gave out. The truck's bumper landed here on my right hand and popped it. Just zipped it right off.
Daryl: What did they do with the hand? Did they bury it?
John Pruitt: Nah, I wouldn't let them. I kept it.
Daryl: You kept it?
John Pruitt: Yep. I got it right there in the glove compartment.
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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 »

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Referenced in New Girl: Kryptonite (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Can't Stop
Words and Music by Barry Goldberg and Jay Gruska
Produced by Jay Gruska
Performed by Percy Sledge
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This movie set new boundaries in movie-making.
28 June 2004 | by bluesharp94See all my reviews

I didn't want to go see this movie back in '87 with my kids, but I was dragged into it. The movie was awesome then, and it still remains a great movie. Why? The music. Anyone even remotely interested in "The Blues" as a music genre should have this DVD in their library. Not only do you get some great blues music as part of the scoring, the incidental Blues Club Scene, vintage Chicago, pulls this out of the ordinary to a slam for music lovers.

And, ... how about the straggling scene after the credits, which is standard today. Heck, I'm in my 50s, and I still have to pull this movie out to hear the harp licks.


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