Baby Maker

The Baby Maker

Director: James Bridges

Cast: Barbara Hershey, Collin Wilcox-Horne, Sam Groom

     
 

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Barbara Hershey stars as the "baby maker" of the title. Tish Gray (Hershey) hires herself out to married couple Jay and Suzanne Wilcox (Sam Groom and Collin Wilcox-Horne), who've been unable to conceive a child of their own. Tish agrees to bear the child for them, assuming that her hippie boyfriend, Ted Jacks (Scott Glenn), will go along with the plan. The problem is

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Barbara Hershey stars as the "baby maker" of the title. Tish Gray (Hershey) hires herself out to married couple Jay and Suzanne Wilcox (Sam Groom and Collin Wilcox-Horne), who've been unable to conceive a child of their own. Tish agrees to bear the child for them, assuming that her hippie boyfriend, Ted Jacks (Scott Glenn), will go along with the plan. The problem is that Tish must allow Jay to impregnate her, causing severe strains on both couple's relationships. In 1970, the notion of surrogate motherhood was radical in the extreme, so The Baby Maker seemed quite progressive and daring. This served as the theatrical-feature directorial debut for screenwriter James Bridges.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A movie like The Baby Maker is inevitably dated, but the continued relevance of surrogate parenting makes its subject matter somewhat less dated than might be expected. While modern surrogate parenting situations rarely involve actual physical intercourse, those involved still may experience some very strong emotions and develop intense ties. Where Baby does date is more in its attitude and dialogue; at the time of the film's release, the dialogue was not necessarily 100-percent correct, but it was much closer than many other films that dealt with members of the counterculture. Still, there are moments -- such as Barbara Hershey's monologue before beginning the impregnation process -- that are embarrassing and/or laughable. While James Bridges manages to add a bit more depth and nuance to the characters and plot than might be expected, Baby is ultimately still nothing more than an "issues" melodrama and suffers from the limitations that the genre tends to impose. Bridges' directing is a bit stiff and tentative, although he does well with the impressive birth sequence. Hershey does very well as the title character, delivering even the wince-inducing dialogue in the most credible and believable manner possible, and the rest of the cast is also strong. As a movie, The Baby Maker has serious flaws, but it does capture an era very well.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316125809
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
7,217

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Hershey Tish Gray
Collin Wilcox-Horne Suzanne Wilcox
Sam Groom Jay Wilcox
Scott Glenn Ted Jacks
Jeannie Berlin Charlotte
Lili Valenty Mrs. Culnick
Helena Kallianiotes Wanda
Robert Pickett Dr. Sims
Paul Linke Sam
Madge Kennedy Tish's Grandmother
Mimi Doyle Woman Clerk
Ray Hemphill George
Geoffrey Horne Jimmy
Charles Lippincott Actor
Brenda Sykes Francis
Charles Wagenheim Toy Shop Owner
Phyllis Coates Tish's Mother
Jeff Siggins Dexter, Stoned Young Man

Technical Credits
James Bridges Director,Screenwriter
Richard Goldstone Producer
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Tylwyth Kymry Score Composer
Jack Larson Producer
Raymond Paul Set Decoration/Design
Mort Rabinowitz Art Director
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Walter Thompson Editor
Robert Wise Producer

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