Three Men and a Cradle

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Trois hommes et un couffin
Three Men and a Cradle.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Coline Serreau
Produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit
Written by Coline Serreau
Music by Franz Schubert
Cinematography Jean-Jacques Bouhon
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Edited by Catherine Renault
Distributed by Acteurs Auteurs Associés
Release dates
  • 1985 (1985)
Running time
106 minutes
Country France
Language French

Three Men and a Cradle (French: Trois hommes et un couffin) is a 1985 French comedy film by Coline Serreau. The film was remade in Hollywood as Three Men and a Baby in 1987.


Three young men (Jacques, Pierre and Michel) share an apartment in Paris, and have many girlfriends and parties (During the movie, we even learn that they have signed a contract never to allow a girl to spend more than one night at their place). Once, during a party, a friend of Jacques' tells him he has a quite compromising package (which turned out to be heroin) to deliver, and asks him if he can leave it discreetly at their place. Jacques agrees and, as he works as a steward, flies away for a one month trip in Japan, telling Pierre and Michel about the package. Then, one of Jacques' former girlfriends drops a baby before their door, making Pierre and Michel believing it is the package they are waiting for. Their lives are then completely changed. This movie follows the bachelors as they deal with angry gangsters, suspicious cops, and the overwhelming responsibility of fatherhood.



A second film by Coline Serreau, with the same characters, the same actors and called 18 ans après (18 Years After) was released in 2003.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • César Awards (France)
    • Won: Best Actor – Supporting Role (Michel Boujenah)
    • Won: Best Film
    • Won: Best Writing (Coline Serreau)
    • Nominated: Best Actress – Supporting Role (Dominique Lavanant)
    • Nominated: Best Director (Coline Serreau)
    • Nominated: Most Promising Actress (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 58th Academy Awards (1986) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 

External links[edit]

Trois hommes et un couffin
Trois hommes et un couffin at the Internet Movie Database
Three Men and a Cradle at AllMovie
18 ans après
18 ans après at the Internet Movie Database
18 ans après at AllMovie