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Paternity (1981)

A single man searches for a woman who will bear his baby with no strings attached.

Director:

David Steinberg

Writer:

Charlie Peters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Buddy Evans
Beverly D'Angelo ... Maggie
Norman Fell ... Larry
Paul Dooley ... Kurt
Elizabeth Ashley ... Sophia Thatcher
Lauren Hutton ... Jenny Lofton
Juanita Moore ... Celia
Peter Billingsley ... Tad
Jacqueline Brookes ... Aunt Ethel
Linda Gillen ... Cathy (as Linda Gillin)
Mike Kellin ... Tour Guide
Victoria Young Victoria Young ... Patti
Elsa Raven ... Pre-natal Nurse
Carol Locatell ... Ms. Werner
Kay Armen Kay Armen ... Claudia Feinstein
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Storyline

Forty-four year old Buddy Evans, an executive at Madison Square Garden, is considered one of the most eligible bachelors in the city. But rather than be a womanizer at this stage of his life, although he has had his fair share of female companions, he feels what he is missing to be truly fulfilled is a biological son. Not wanting a wife, he decides to achieve his goal by getting one of his former girlfriends to be a surrogate to carry a child, who he would raise without her. Not as easy to find that surrogate among the women he knows, he ultimately finds a willing woman in Maggie, a waitress at a restaurant he frequents. A struggling musician - a trumpet player - who needs the money to attend a prestigious music academy in Paris, Maggie also agrees in wanting to feel that part of being a woman without the responsibility of being a mother. As Buddy and Maggie go through the process of trying to become biological parents under this legal, financial and unemotional arrangement, they may ... Written by Huggo

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Burt is at it again - in the comedy hit of the season. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From Here to Paternity See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,838,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,838,812
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of three theatrical film collaborations of actress Lauren Hutton and actor Burt Reynolds. Previously, Hutton had starred as Aggie Maybank, the TV reporter love-interest of Burt Reynolds's Gator McKlusky in Gator (1976). Hutton also appeared with Reynolds in the later action-thriller Malone (1987). There was about a half a dozen year gap between Gator (1976) and Paternity (1981) and the latter and Malone (1987). See more »

Quotes

Buddy Evans: [Thinking up baby names] Quimby.
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Connections

Features Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

It's His Birthday
Music and Lyrics by Murphy Dunne
Performed by Murphy Dunne (uncredited)
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Predictable Hollywood Shmaltz
18 June 2006 | by raz1035See all my reviews

The bright spots in this movie are Elizabeth Ashley and New York City itself. They both photograph great. Burt is very natural and it is always good to see old pros like Juanita Moore & Norman Fell do their thing. Unfortunately Burt and Beverly have absolutely no chemistry what so ever. Beverly delivers her lines like she is reading them for the first time. Can't say anything about Lauren Huttin who I usually like because I missed the first 20 minutes and thats obviously when she was in it. That about sums up this typical 80's over produced movie. Burt plays a New York city bachelor who wants a kid but not a wife. Beverly plays the lucky gal who will have his baby for cash without any emotional strings attached. Do they fall in love? What do you think?


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