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The Sitter (1991)

TV-PG | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 10 June 1991
A delusional babysitter goes on a psychotic rampage, putting the little girl she is looking after in grave danger.

Director:

Rick Berger

Writers:

Charlotte Armstrong (book), Rick Berger (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Myers ... Nell
Brett Cullen ... Jeff Harper
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Alice
Kimberly Cullum Kimberly Cullum ... Melissa Jones
Susanne Reed ... Ruth Jones
James McDonnell James McDonnell ... Dennis Jones
Eugene Roche ... Carl
Patricia George Patricia George ... Winona
Maria Richwine Maria Richwine ... Mary (as María Montoya)
Adolfo Quinones ... Nick (as Shabba-Doo)
Gregory White Gregory White
Dennis Paladino Dennis Paladino
Tyler Bowe Tyler Bowe
Jeff Jeffcoat Jeff Jeffcoat
Frank Isles Frank Isles
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Storyline

The sitter is an exciting thriller about an insane schizophrenic (Nell) who goes babysitting after throwing her mother down the stairs! She is completely delusional and thinks that the girl she is babysitting is her daughter. She causes a lot of trouble including killing a dog and murdering her step father and a maid who she thought would tell on her! Written by Michael <reb@magna.com.au>

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remake | based on book | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Sitter, a Noite do Delírio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

FNM Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This TV film is a remake of the 1952 Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark film, "Don't Bother To Knock." See more »

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Version of Don't Bother to Knock (1952) See more »

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A gripping thriller, but a flawed remake
30 May 2003 | by Liza-19See all my reviews

I first caught this on television ten years ago and loved it - although in hindsight I was too young to watch it. It was a fantastic story, and very scary (especially if you're still at the age where you have babysitters!) Kim Myers turned in a wonderful performance as Nell. The character is definately a nut, but you do feel sorry for her. That's not an easy thing to pull off, and honestly the only other film I can think of that does accomplish this is Stephen King's Carrie. (Granted, Kim Myers is no Sissy Spacek, but she does a dang good job!)

I've noticed there are many reviewers here that ask the question "who would hire a babysitter that they've known for five minutes?" I'm sorry to have to say it, but several. I myself babysat all the time when I was in highschool, and often for complete strangers. I knew the children a lot better than I ever knew the parents, and the situation with Nell entering the hotel room for the first time is a scene that I've lived through hundreds of times. The parents, rushed to make an engagement see a clean-cut, respectable looking girl, and feel safe in entrusting their children to them. Talk about scary.

However, I have to say, this film does fall short from it's original. I didn't know this for years, but "The Sitter" is quite obviously a remake of Marilyn Monroe's "Don't Bother to Knock." As fond as I am of this version, I have to say Monroe's was ten times better. Richard Widmark and Anne Bancroft were fabulous supporting players and Marilyn gave a hugely understated performance. The supporting players in this fell short, and I thought the violence was overdone. This updated version is scary, but watch the original for a side of Monroe you've never seen.


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