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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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Stephen Herek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Applegate ... Swell
Joanna Cassidy ... Rose Lindsey
John Getz ... Gus
Josh Charles ... Bryan
Keith Coogan ... Kenny
Concetta Tomei ... Mom
David Duchovny ... Bruce
Kimmy Robertson ... Cathy
Jayne Brook ... Carolyn
Eda Reiss Merin Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Sturak
Robert Hy Gorman ... Walter
Danielle Harris ... Melissa
Christopher Pettiet ... Zach
Chris Claridge Chris Claridge ... Lizard
Jeff Bollow ... Mole
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Real World See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,233,415, 9 June 1991

Gross USA:

$25,196,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,196,249
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed during the summer of 1990. See more »

Goofs

An obvious stunt double is visible as Walter falls off the roof. See more »

Quotes

Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Go get that tape measure thing out of the garage.
Kenny Crandell: Will you stop ordering us around? You're not the babysitter.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: That's right, Kenny. The babysitter is dead. So just do it!
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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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The film is not distributed by Warner Bros. in the UK and, as such, has a black screen replacing the WB logo at the beginning of the film. See more »

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Keep the Faith
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Produced by Bill Wray
Written by Bill Wray
Published by Virgin Music, Inc./Bill Wray Music
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Nostalgia at its best
28 October 2013 | by tub83388See all my reviews

I remember watching this film when I was about ten and I loved it. I remember being motivated to see it in the first place because Married with children reigned supreme in our house and I loved Christina Applegate. In this movie she didn't disappoint either, as she was not only good in it, but played a character wildly different from mean, dim witted Kelly Bundy. Instead she played Sue Ellen Krandle a decent ,level headed, but restless young woman who is uncertain about her future. Sue Ellen has a contentious relationship with her siblings and mother,but she also is willing to strive for their approval and respect. In other words she is a regular seventeen year old. More mature than her siblings but not quite ready to take up the mantle of an adult. When her mother goes to Austraila, Sue Ellen thinks that she is going to have a care free summer of fun in the sun, when a woman comes to the door and her mother introduces... the babysitter. When mom leaves the seemingly sweet grandma like gem, reveals a nastily terrifying tyrant underneath, and Sue Ellen and her siblings try and keep cool heads. The old be careful what you wish for scenario surfaces when the baby sitter sees Sue Ellens punk brother's bedroom and is literally shocked to death. Sue Ellen finds the woman's corpse and to make a long story short her and her siblings are left for two months with out money or adult supervision. This movie is not perfect from a technical standpoint. It a predicable cheesy fantasy full of scenarios that in real life would be incrediblbly dark. However, for some reason, the acting, the engrossing action pact scenes and the love you have for the respectful a, fresh and resourceful sue Ellen and hate you have for the bad characters emotionally engross you. This movie couldn't hold up today, but for its time, and because the memories it brings I will always love it.


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