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Please Don't Hit Me, Mom (1981)

A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother.

Director:

Gwen Arner

Writers:

Jeri Taylor (teleplay), Sydney Julien (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Barbara Reynolds (as Patty Duke Astin)
Nancy McKeon ... Nancy Parks
Lance Guest ... Michael Reynolds
Sean Astin ... Brian Reynolds
Deena Freeman ... Judy
Terrence Beasor ... Parks
Sean De Veritch ... Matthew (as Sean DeVeritch)
Leah Kates Leah Kates ... Dr. Jessica Gage
Toni Sawyer ... Mrs. Parks
Sandy Sprung Sandy Sprung
Beverly Todd ... Louise Hawley
Harvey Vernon
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp ... Coach Egan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Michael Baran
Marian Wilson Marian Wilson ... (scenes deleted)
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A babysitter realizes that one of the children she looks after is being physically abused by his mother.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1981 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After its initial release, social workers who specialize in child abuse cases have cited this film as a learning tool where child abuse cases are now successfully prosecuted in a court of law once a successful case is established. This also involves local law enforcement and case workers who officially document child abuse cases. See more »

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afterschool cautionary tale courtesy of Patty Duke and Sean Astin
27 August 2002 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

This movie, which I believe was originally an afterschool special, concerns a family dealing with the reality of child abuse. Patty Duke is a single mother dealing with the difficulties of raising two sons alone in a new community. She hires teen Nancy McKeon to babysit her youngest son (Sean Astin in his first film appearance). Through the course of the movie, as McKeon gets to know her young charge, she realizes that he is, in fact, being physically abused by his mother. Duke, as usual, turns in a great performance as the conflicted mother, struggling to control the rage that prompts the abuse and feeling guilty over the results. While it may have seemed cutting edge 20 years ago, the film comes across now as a bombastic public service announcement, watering down the complexities of the nature of abuse presumably to make the situation understandable to kids and teens. It might be shown somewhere like the LIFETIME network, which seems to have a soft spot for Patty Duke TV movies.


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