Burt Reynolds once said of this movie: "It's the story of my life! It's about a guy who has everything in the world except the one thing he desires most - a child. This one is much closer to who I am and what I am than most of my other movies. Personally, it's one of my very favorite pictures"
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).
This movie was nominated for one Golden Raspberry Award in 1981, for Worst Original Song, and won the Razzie in this category. The track was called "Baby Talk" with the music composed by David Shire and the lyrics written by David Frishberg.
Actor Norman Fell plays Larry, Burt Reynolds's doctor in this movie. Fell also played Reynolds' doctor Dr. Samuel Krugman in The End (1978) about three years earlier. The End (1978) was a comedy about death whereas Paternity (1981) was a comedy about the opposite, birth (and pregnancy).
The movie's working title was "From Here to Paternity" with this working title being a spoof of the classic Hollywood film From Here to Eternity (1953). Moreover, a movie poster tagline for the following year's comedy Young Doctors in Love (1982) read "From here to maternity...". These movie posters featured a man and woman embracing in the sea wearing surgical gowns and masks spoofing the famous beach waves romancing scene in From Here to Eternity (1953). Further , two filmed productions with that classic title had also just been recently made and broadcast prior to both Paternity (1981) and Young Doctors in Love (1982) [See: From Here to Eternity (1979) and From Here to Eternity (1980)].
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.
The movie's Charity World Premiere benefit was held in Hollywood on 24th September 1981 at Mann's Chinese Theatre with proceeds going to aid the Children's Village U.S.A. charity with the event raising more than US $200,000.
According to the 8th January 1981 and 15th January 1981 editions of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter', three actors who appeared in this picture - 'Michael Hawkins', Jerry Prell, and Michael Currie - were not billed in the movie's opening or closing credits
The movie's main poster had Burt Reynolds pointing his finger matched with the tagline, "He wants you to have his baby". This was a take on the famous American military recruitment poster which had Uncle Sam pointing his finger matched with the slogan, "I Want You for U.S. Army".