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Paternity (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  2 October 1981 (USA)
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A single man searches for a woman who will bear his baby with no strings attached.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Thatcher
Jenny Lofton
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Aunt Ethel
Linda Gillen ...
Cathy (as Linda Gillin)
Tour Guide
Victoria Young ...
Elsa Raven ...
Pre-natal Nurse
Ms. Werner
Kay Armen ...
Claudia Feinstein


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

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He wants you to have his baby!


Comedy | Romance


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2 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paternidad  »

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In this movie, Burt Reynolds' character Buddy Evans is aged 44 years which was approximately about the same age that Reynolds actually was when this movie was made. See more »


Maggie: What if he asks about his mother?
Buddy Evans: Why would he do that?
Maggie: Sooner or later he's going to notice he doesn't have a mother.
Buddy Evans: I'll stall him.
Maggie: All his life?
Buddy Evans: No, all mine.
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Features Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »


Baby Talk
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by David Frishberg
Sung by David Frishberg
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Predictable Hollywood Shmaltz
18 June 2006 | by (los angeles) – See 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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