Paternity (film)

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Directed by David Steinberg
Produced by Lawrence Gordon
Hank Moonjean
Written by Charlie Peters
Starring Burt Reynolds
Beverly D'Angelo
Paul Dooley
Elizabeth Ashley
Lauren Hutton
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Bobby Byrne
Edited by Donn Cambern
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates October 2, 1981
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $18,838,812[1]

Paternity is a 1981 film comedy that stars Burt Reynolds, Beverly D'Angelo, Paul Dooley, Elizabeth Ashley and Lauren Hutton, directed by David Steinberg.[2] The film was released by Paramount Pictures on October 2, 1981.


Buddy Evans (Burt Reynolds) manages events at Madison Square Garden in New York. He is a confirmed bachelor who lives with his housekeeper Celia (Juanita Moore).

After coming into contact with several children, Buddy decides that he is ready to be a father. Buddy decides to hire a surrogate mother in the hope of having a son.

With help from his pals Larry (Norman Fell) and Kurt (Paul Dooley), Burt conducts a search by setting up interviews. However, he offends many of the women who he speaks to, even mistaking an interior decorator (Lauren Hutton) for a surrogate applicant.

Buddy meets up with Maggie (Beverly D'Angelo), a waitress at the local coffee shop. She reveals that she is an aspiring musician who works as a food server to make ends meet. Maggie offers to bear Buddy's child, planning to use the money that Buddy is offering to move to Paris and pursue her goal.

Buddy and Maggie attempt to conceive with little success. Maggie then engages in some seductive role-playing. The two have sex and Maggie becomes pregnant.

Maggie moves into Buddy's apartment. Buddy supervises Maggie's exercise and diet. Otherwise he pays little attention to her, continuing to date other women.

Maggie not only resents being ignored but she begins to want to keep her baby. Buddy begins to develop romantic feelings for Maggie. He also becomes fearful of losing the child after Maggie gives birth.

Buddy and Maggie marry. She gives birth to a girl. At the end of the film it is revealed that she and Buddy have three more girls.



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