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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 June 1991 (USA)
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Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Swell
... Rose Lindsey
... Gus
... Bryan
... Kenny
... Mom
... Bruce
... Cathy
... Carolyn
Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Sturak
... Walter
... Melissa
... Zach
Chris Claridge ... Lizard
... Mole


Single mother goes away for the summer. The kids are first delighted but then find that Mom has hired the sitter from hell to stay with them. When the sitter dies of a sudden coronary they deposit the body at a mortuary only to discover all their summer expense money was in her purse. The kids must find a way to survive the summer without mom or her money. This means actual work! Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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No rules. No curfews. No nagging. No pulse. See more »




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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Real World  »

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Did You Know?


Keith Coogan originally auditioned for the role of Bryan. See more »


Several times, the children refer to being on summer vacation. However, the computer at the office reads March 22, 1989, and the tickets Sue Ellen gets as a gift read April 1st, 1990. See more »


Bryan: Not exactly your dream job, eh?
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Got that right. You think I woke up this morning and said, 'Gee, I'd love to scrub fat vats! I'd love to smile and work with raw meat'?
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Crazy Credits

The two groundskeepers for the cemetery stand over the Babysitters grave and comment how nice it was for her to leave them the money. The tombstone reads "Nice Old Lady inside who died of natural causes". See more »


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Perfect World
Performed by Alias
Produced by Rick Neigher, Freddy Curci and Steve DeMarchi
Courtesy of Capitol Records-EMI of Canada
Written by Glen Burtnick (as Glen Burtnik) and Steven M. Krikorian
Published by Hampstead Heath Music
(Administered by WB Music Corp.) and Polygram International Publishing Inc./N.Y.M.
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What I have to say about my favorite movie ever..."Can't you call Lizard or Hellhound?"
12 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Being one of those people that isn't heavily into the whole cinema "thing," I have my classic favorites and I stick to them. But this one outshines them all. When asked 'what is your favorite movie?' at times I am hesitant to disclose DTMTBD as my number one. First, it must be clear that this is obviously not necessarily a "good" movie, in the eyes of the Academy or critics, but it's not supposed to be. That's the beauty of it, and that's why Christina Applegate is an actress!

There are so many quotes that I would like to add to my "comments," but as most of you have probably seen it, you don't likely need a commentary; so instead I'll just get back to the QED Report so Swell can have it to New York by this afternoon.

It's too bad she and young Brian are married now -- I used to watch the grunion run with him. We'll see.

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