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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 ... 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 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

In this film and Back to the Future 2 & 3, Elizabeth Shue's characters last names are "Parker." See more »

Goofs

When Sara is in Chicago's downtown looking for her parents' building, she walks by a closed Scotia Bank. That is a Canadian bank, however, it has had a branch there since 1892. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: Hey, wait! I know why you aren't acting like yourself. You don't have your special helmet!
[off the look Dawson gives her]
Sarah: See you have the baseball cap, but you're supposed to be wearing this
[takes off her Thor helmet]
Sarah: Here, take mine. Go on, take it!
Dawson: You're giving this to me?
Sarah: Well, yeah, you're my hero!
Dawson: [Smiles] Here. Here, take the car.
[Tosses Chris the keys]
Sarah: Thanks, Thor.
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Then He Kissed Me
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector
Performed by The Crystals
Courtesy of Spector International Records
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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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