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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

Production filming was stopped in July 1980 due to the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Strike and Emmy Awards boycott of 1980 with the resumption of principal photography not occurring until the very last week of October 1980. See more »

Quotes

Ms. Werner: [stepping into the elevator, crying] Ah, Quimby sucks!
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Soundtracks

Baby Talk
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by David Frishberg
Sung by David Frishberg
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Paternity Test
28 May 2006 | by dangeruss_2003See all my reviews

This is one of Burt Reynolds best from the 80's. Also starring Beverly D'Angelo in one of her best comedic roles, "Paternity" is a very funny, warm movie that is 20 years old. Burt is having a mid-life crisis and decides that he wants a son, but being the solid bachelor that he is, doesn't want a wife to go along. He decides to pay Beverly $50,000 to be his surrogate mother and have his son. A lot of funny moments and a great cast of co-stars make this a movie that you can watch over and over again. Interestingly enough, while watching this film I was having a paternity test done by www.dnacenter.com to find out who the real father of my baby was (I know, pretty crazy - eh?). Needless to say, it wasn't Burt's. :)


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