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The Babysitter (1980)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 28 November 1980
Spoiled twelve-year-old Tara's new best friend from next-door gets hired as a live-in babysitter, but things soon go horribly wrong when Tara's mom starts hitting the bottle and fighting with her dad.

Director:

Peter Medak

Writer:

Jennifer Miller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Liz Benedict (as Patty Duke Astin)
William Shatner ... Dr. Jeff Benedict
Quinn Cummings ... Tara Benedict
David Wysocki ... Scotty (as David Wallace)
Kenneth Tigar ... Tom Montgomery
Virginia Kiser ... Mrs. Welford
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Joanna
John Houseman ... Dr. Lindquist
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Barbara
Frank Birney ... Mr. Farragut
Ty Haller Ty Haller ... Minister (as Richard Ty Haller)
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Storyline

Overprotective mother Liz Benedict meets 18 year-old orphan Joanna Redwine and hires her as house help and live-in companion to rambunctious daughter Tara. Liz's husband Jeff isn't too thrilled with the arrangement, and his fears soon prove justified when Joanna begins to manipulate everyone and to slowly destroy the family. Meanwhile next-door neighbor Dr. Linquist investigates and discovers Joanna has a disturbing past. Written by Mike Sauter <FastForwd@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She drove the mother crazy, she seduced the father - now, what is going to happen to little Tara?

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Babysitter See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although primarily filmed in Washington, the two primary residences were filmed using historic mansions on the shores of Deer Lake in the city of Burnaby, BC Canada. The main family home was Townley House, aka Deerholme, and the babysitter's house was filmed at Hart House, aka Avalon. Although both were somewhat run-down in 1979, they have both been restored and are now protected heritage resources. See more »

Quotes

Joanna Redwine: Please... take care of yourselves.
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Connections

Remade as The Sitter (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Startle
(uncredited)
Written by Brian Bennett
Bruton Music
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nice job done here
8 October 2014 | by lifesoboringSee all my reviews

Acting and story are tops. The babysitter is an otherworldly-looking, eerie kind of character. The 12-year-old, upon first seeing her, asks, "Are you real?" She looks like she's stepped out of a dream,mesmerizing, hypnotizing. And she works her way into this family of three--mother father daughter--wealthy, living in a large house on the water outside of Seattle, and she wreaks her awful havoc. The story moves along, and your eyes are glued to the screen, as you watch the whole thing work its way to its conclusion. The females in this movie are impressive--that would be the mother, daughter and babysitter. And of course, William Shatner as the father/husband--the ultimate likable good-guy. Skilled movie makers and actors (and writers) put this thing together and they came out with a polished, entertaining product.


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