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Baby M (1988)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 22 May 1988
A childless couple enlists the help of a woman to be their surrogate for their first child. What ensues changes their lives and laws of surrogacy.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marybeth Whitehead
Bill Stern
Rick Whitehead
Betsy Stern
Lorraine Abraham
Harold Cassidy
Judge Sorkow
Annabella Price ...
Gary Skoloff
Nancy Addison ...
Ben Slack


When Bill and Betsy Stern ask MaryBeth Whitehead to bear a surrogate child for them, it seems like a perfect arrangement. But little do they realize that MaryBeth will refuse to surrender her new born daughter. There are no laws governing surrogacy and when MaryBeth goes on the run with the baby, the Stems are forced into a traumatic court case to fight for custody of the daughter they have grown to love so dearly. But even more crucial are the rights of Baby M herself, a child growing up with two names, two homes, a child torn between two loving families. Written by mahajanssen

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It seemed so simple. But it was far from it.


Biography | Drama


Not Rated




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22 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'instinct d'une mère  »

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1.33 : 1
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Baby M was actually shot almost entirely in L.A.
24 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I produced "Baby M" and I would just like to respond to the kind comments from Allison L. Venezio: I guess we did what we are supposed to - that is, make people believe - because you thought the movie was shot in Ocean County, NJ. In fact, we shot for nearly 8 weeks in Los Angeles. The Whitehead house was in Van Nuys, and the courthouse was a church in Glendale. We only shot for 2 days in NY and NJ - on 5th Avenue, on the Jersey Turnpike, and in Weekhawken (although, by the time we got there, we'd lost our light and the beautiful NY skyline). I can't rate the movie, but the Television Academy nominated the mini-series for 7 Emmys, including best picture - though we lost. But happily, John Shea won "best actor".

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