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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No rules. No curfews. No baths. 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

Gross USA:

$25,196,249
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christina Applegate's first lead role. She was 19. See more »

Goofs

Sue Ellen comes home from work and puts her purse on the kitchen island. In the next scene at the office, the secretary goes through Sue Ellen's things, finds her driver's license in her purse, and discovers that Sue Ellen is 17. See more »

Quotes

Zach Crandell: It was petty cash, YOU were spending petty cash.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Zach, I bought a pair of boots and a magazine, you bought a home entertainment center!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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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Features The $10,000 Pyramid (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight Zone Theme
Written by Marius Constant
Used by Permission of EMI April Music Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Fun from the word GO!
14 July 2012 | by chloe-webb-01See all my reviews

How could you NOT like this movie! I am watching it right now, and it has inspired me to write a review, and hopefully give it more recognition and more importantly, a higher rating!!!! Kids home alone with no parents, free to do whatever, but also trying to maintain living! Each character has their own stereotype- Walter the youngest: a handful, Melissa: the disobedient tomboy, Kenny: the headbanging rocker drop-out, Zachary: the calm, but sneaky love struck teen and Sue-Ellen: the responsible, yet hip mother of her siblings. This movie is full of much excitement and a great plot. You cannot go past this underrated classic!


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