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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Duchovny (Bruce) later starred on the TV series 'The X Files' as F.B.I. Special Agent Fox Mulder, who investigated the presence of aliens on Earth and U.S. Government conspiracies to cover up alien presence. Christina Applegate (Sue Ellen) later appeared in the film "Mars Attacks!" (1996), which dealt with the U.S. Government welcoming the arrival of aliens on Earth, but declaring war on the aliens once they begin attacking the planet. See more »

Goofs

When Sue Ellen and Bryan talk after he gives her and the kids a ride home, Kenny yells that Zach and Melissa are fighting over the last snowball. He says it's the last food in the house. The next morning, Swell pours a huge bowl of Cap'n Crunch for the kids to share. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: I'm right on top of that Rose.
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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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Referenced in Too Late (2015) See more »

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As Time Goes By
Produced by Bruce Nazarian
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Published by Warner Bros., Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Christina
29 December 2013 | by kairinglerSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie,, very funny, lot's of humor,, you have an old grandma, who looks 90, acts like a drill sergeant towards the kids,, the boy is totally reckless, clueless and lazy,, the teen girl actually shows ambition, and wants to earn money,, not like today's teen girls that's for sure.. Christina Appelgate stole the show for me,, I wish her career would have blossomed, the parents go to Australia for 3 months, and the kids are left with a mean old lady to babysit them,, shortly thereafter the babysitter crokes,, and the kids are left alone to fend for themselves... I got many a laugh out of this movie,, which is exactly why I bought it for in the first place.. not to mention,, Christina Appelgate..


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