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Three Men and a Cradle (1985)

3 hommes et un couffin (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 April 1986 (USA)
Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck - with a baby.


Coline Serreau


Coline Serreau (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Roland Giraud ... Pierre
Michel Boujenah Michel Boujenah ... Michel
André Dussollier ... Jacques
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ... Sylvia
Dominique Lavanant ... Mme Rapons
Marthe Villalonga ... Antoinette
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... La pharmacienne
Josine Comellas Josine Comellas ... Mme Rodriguez, la concierge
Gwendoline Mourlet Gwendoline Mourlet ... Marie N° 1
Jennifer Moret Jennifer Moret ... Marie N° 2
François Domange François Domange ... Paul
Gabriel Jabbour Gabriel Jabbour ... Le supérieur
Julien Maurel Julien Maurel ... Le type
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Amorin Giuseppe Amorin
Jean Barney Jean Barney ... Gérard


Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck - with a baby.

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Release Date:

25 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Men and a Cradle See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,380, 27 April 1986

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chrisophe Malavoy later admitted that he was approached for a major role he had to decline. See more »


Referenced in Perfect Strangers: Two Men and a Cradle (1986) See more »


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Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Melos Quartett (as Quatuor Melos) et Mstislav Rostropovich (as Mstislav Rostropovitch]
Deutsche Grammophon-Polydor
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wonderful and endearing
11 August 2014 | by jjazzmathieuSee all my reviews

The 3 men's lives in this story have no real meaning or depth.

They seem to be living the ideal care-free life from a man's point of view. The baby will reveal their emptiness,and fill their lives in a way they never dreamed possible. Hats off to Coline Serreau for this fine film. I saw it when it first came out and it has aged well. Upon viewing it now that I have become a father of six,I have to say it seems better then ever to me ! I now understand it on a very different level,one can easily say it is a critique of our modern western "bourgeois" societies that have become allergic to children, especially babies. And it does so without sacrificing it's excellent humour. Note: This is a french movie,in order to really savor it to the full you must ideally understand french culture, and see it in french. From this perspective this genuinely funny comedy is worth a solid 10.

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