The Babysitter (1980)

Director
Peter Medak

Main cast
Patty Duke; William Shatner; Quinn Cummings; Stephanie Zimbalist; John Houseman

Genres
Thriller, Drama

Description
Overprotective mother Liz Benedict meets 18 year-old orphan Joanna Redwine and hires her as house help and live-in companion to rambunctious daughter Tara. Liz's husband Jeff isn't too thrilled with the arrangement, and his fears soon prove justified when Joanna begins to manipulate everyone and to slowly destroy the family. Meanwhile next-door neighbor Dr. Linquist investigates and discovers Joanna has a disturbing past.


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