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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

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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,233,415, 9 June 1991

Gross USA:

$25,196,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,196,249
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original script was written with Winona Ryder in mind for the role of Sue Ellen Crandell. But she turned it down as she was working on both Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Mermaids (1990). Justine Bateman was later cast as Sue Ellen but then left the project. Christina Applegate was cast after her Married... with Children (1987) costar Ed O'Neill, who was friends with a producer of the film, gave her the script. See more »

Goofs

When Brian and Sue Ellen are sitting on the beach waiting for the grunion run, Brian says that grunion fish males and females do not mate at the same time. In reality, the female grunion buries her eggs and waits for the male to wrap around her and release his sperm before abandoning the eggs. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Crandell: This place is a crock! We're never gonna make it through the summer. Man, I'm gonna hold up at Lizard's.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Oh, that's real brotherly of you Kenny. Always taking the easy way out. Don't you have any pride?
Kenny Crandell: No.
Melissa Crandell: I got an idea. When our food runs out, we can eat Elvis.
[the dog Elvis runs out of the room]
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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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Twilight Zone Theme
Written by Marius Constant
Used by Permission of EMI April Music Inc.
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A fun and vibrant film.
25 February 2007 | by mazunderscoreSee all my reviews

I remember watching this film when I was growing up, I loved it then and I still love it.

Despite the fact it's obviously predictable, it's a fun film that's well acted and directed and has a great soundtrack.

Christina Applegate is quite impressive as Sue-Ellen, as is the rest of the cast.

Most of the characters are quite black and white with the obvious "baddies" getting their comeuppance towards the end of the film. Predictable films howeverm, aren't always bad. Especially if they are well acted and the characters are interesting. The only character that was meant to be nice that I found utterly annoying, was Josh Charles as Sue-Ellen's sugary sweet suitor, Bryan. His acting was great don't get me wrong, but I think it's safe to say Bryan wouldn't be MY type!

If anything else, this fun film is easy to watch and will remind most people in their mid 20's of their adolescents.


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