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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 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

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

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Taglines:

He wants you to have his baby! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actresses Natalie Wood and Sally Field were considered for roles. The latter had already collaborated with Burt Reynolds on four cinema movies: Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), The End (1978), and Smokey and the Bandit II (1980). In every movie that they had made together, Field played Reynolds' girlfriend. During the mid to late 1970s, the two actors were partnered in a real life personal relationship. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Evans: I want this baby.
Maggie: Why this baby? Why do you want THIS baby?
Buddy Evans: Because I love it.
Maggie: You can't love anything!
Buddy Evans: I love you... five minutes ago when I smiled, it was the first time I had since you left.
Larry: Aww, isn't this wonderful? I feel like God.
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Connections

References Jaws 2 (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nearness of You
by Ned Washington & Victor Young
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"You, a son!"
21 January 2012 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Burt Reynolds loves kids. Well after the opening of the film, we get a cringe-like song to listen to while us watch how Reynolds' character connects with children and how much they like him. Even Peter Billingsley (of "A Christmas Story" fame) digs him. The tagline spells out the story "He wants you to have his baby!" New York's most eligible playboy bachelor has just turned 44 and wants to have a child to fill the void in his life, but doesn't want to marry. So he decides to go about trying to find a surrogate mother, where he comes across a waitress who needs the money and doesn't want to be emotionally involved. So the two strikes up a no strings attached agreement, but soon enough they begin to fall for each other. Quite a predictable, but charmingly fashionable and playful old-fashion romantic comedy with a breezy performance by Burt Reynolds and a heart filled turn from Beverly D'Angelo. Even the support cast featuring Norman Fell, Paul Dooley, Lauren Hutton, Elizabeth Ashley and Juanita Moore shape up rather well. Reynolds' clueless character has some rather amusing scenes and complications, especially those when he is searching for his surrogate mother and then of course when he bumps into the ex-girlfriends. Light-hearted entertainment with very good performances.

"I'm a lawyer. Not a pimp."


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