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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.

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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 ... 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

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,901,297, 5 July 1987

Gross USA:

$34,368,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,368,475
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julia Louis-Dreyfus auditioned for the lead role, but withdrew in favor of Jodie Foster. Foster also withdrew, leaving Michelle Pfeiffer, Valerie Bertinelli, Elisabeth Shue, and Justine Bateman as the only choices. Bateman withdrew from the project due to creative conflicts. Pfeiffer left the project and starred in The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Bertinelli lost out to Shue on the final day of auditions. See more »

Goofs

When the bad guys are chasing Sara, she leaves perfect chocolate fingerprints on the elevator buttons. However, when she stole the chocolate pastry from the French restaurant she was wearing green gloves. She had them on when she ran to the building. The chocolate never touched her hands, so she couldn't have left the fingerprints on the buttons. However the chocolate fingerprints have the visible imprint of the wool fabric, so they were made with the gloves on. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: [about Dawson] Its Thor!
Brad: No it's no not Sara.
Sarah: [to Dawson] Don't listen to him, he says you're a homo.
Dawson: [Angrily grabs Brad by shirt] You spreading lies about me, kid?
Brad: [Nervously] Who, me? Never!
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The title does not appear until five minutes after the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version (released as "A Night On The Town") was cut by 8 secs for a PG rating to remove uses of the word 'fuck'. Later video versions were released under the original title and uncut after being upgraded to a 15 certificate. The print UK television uses for daytime showings however is the PG-friendly cut cinema version, carrying the 'A Night On The Town' title - so it can appear on UK television under both titles at times depending on the time of day it is shown. See more »

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Spoofed in Muppet Babies: Adventures in Muppet-Sitting (1987) See more »

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Evil (Is Going On)
Words and Music by Willie Dixon
Performed by KoKo Taylor (as Koko Taylor)
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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A Cult-Movie for the Entire Life
18 November 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the suburbs of Chicago, the seventeen year-old Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) is in love with her boyfriend Mike (Bradley Whitford). When Mike stands her up and cancels their dinner in Chicago, Chris accepts to babysit the siblings Sara (Maia Brewton) and Brad (Keith Coogan). But her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls her telling that she decided to run away home but now she has repented; she begs Chris to rescue her from the bus station in downtown Chicago. Chris makes a deal with Sara and Brad and when she is ready to drive to downtown, Brad's friend Daryl (Anthony Rapp) overhears the negotiation and blackmails Chris to go with them. However, when they are on the expressway, Chris has a flat tire and she realizes that she has forgotten her purse in the house. The mechanic Pruitt (John Ford Noonan) stops this tow truck and offers to truck the car to his garage. Chris sees no other option and accepts the offer in the beginning of an unforgettable night of adventures in Chicago.

"Adventures in Babysitting" is one of those adorable cult-movies for the entire life. I saw this movie in the 80's and since then, it has become one of my top movies ever. There are unforgettable scenes and maybe my favorite is when Albert Collins says that nobody leaves the club without singing a blues. The 25th anniversary Blu-Ray is really a worthwhile shopping. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Noite de Aventuras" ("One Night of Adventures")

Note: On 16 April 2019, I saw this film again.


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