3 Men and a Baby

November 25th, 1987


3 Men and a Baby

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Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 5.7/10 (21,035 voted)

Director: Leonard Nimoy

Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson

Three bachelor friends - architect Peter, artist Michael, and actor Jack are sharing an apartment in Manhattan. After Jack goes filming in Turkey his two flatmates find his baby daughter - which Jack doesn't know about - left outside their door. The two are left to look after the baby, and realise how difficult this can be. How would this baby change the life style of these confirmed bachelors?

Writers: Coline Serreau, James Orr

Tom Selleck - Peter Mitchell
Steve Guttenberg - Michael Kellam
Ted Danson - Jack Holden
Nancy Travis - Sylvia Bennington
Margaret Colin - Rebecca
Alexandra Amini - Patty
Francine Beers - Woman at Gift Shop
Lisa Blair - Mary Bennington
Michelle Blair - Mary Bennington
Philip Bosco - Det. Sgt. Melkowitz
Barbara Budd - Actress
Michael Burgess - Handsome Man at Party
Claire Cellucci - Angelyne
Eugene Clark - Man #1 at Party
Derek de Lint - Jan Clopatz

Taglines: They changed her diapers. She changed their lives.

Release Date: 25 November 1987

Filming Locations: Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $10,384,392 (USA) (29 November 1987) (1006 Screens)

Gross: $167,780,960 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Toward the end of filming, the babies that play Mary, were less entranced by the actors around her, and became enticed by the microphone. She would start to follow it with her gaze, and not look at the actors. Leonard Nimoy and other crew members had to start hiding the microphone and disguising it from the baby's view.

Revealing mistakes: In the same scene when Jacks mother comes to visit Mary, when she walks past the sofa to the right their is a prop of a rifle standing on end right behind the sofa as they walk across the room. When they walk back across the room to the left, the cardboard cut out is in the window.

Peter Mitchell: Oh no, she doodled!
Jan: "Doodled". Ha ha.
Peter Mitchell: Yes, doodled! What's the matter, don't babies doodle in Hungary?

User Review

Not a piece of film art. Just a feel good movie with a gangster subplot and a creepy "ghost" thrown in for good measure.


First about the movie itself. It works. No it is not 'Citizen Kane' but it is full of funny or sweet (or both) scenes and it does its job as a feel good comedy. I understand why cynics would look down at this movie: It is an 80s comedy, it has Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson in it, it has a simple story and a cute baby in it and the three sworn bachelors start to like the baby. That was an attempt at sarcasm because I really hate cynics. But I, unlike some people, do not object to a movie that tries to make the audience feel good and put a smile on their faces. This movie did just that. The situations are funny: Selleck, Guttenberg, and Danson trying to feed and change the baby is funny because the 3 leads are just good at playing three guys who are completely involved in their careers, girlfriends and parties and have no clue whatsoever as to what to do with a baby. Guttenberg: "She need to be changed"; Selleck: "I'll give you a $1000 if you do it." That line works for me because the way Selleck says it makes you realize he is serious - he will really pay that money to get out of changing her. The baby is very cute and the movie is just generally sweet. The set designer did a great job on this apartment by the way. It is one cool apartment that never seems to end. Every room leads to more and more rooms and glass ceilings and glass walls, and TVs and cool furniture and it's no wonder 3 guys share the apartment - think of the rent! The gangster subplot is well, a gangster subplot. I like the part when the guys first realize they are dealing with gangsters. Some of it is amusing and some of it is less amusing. Overall, this subplot never bothered me. The movie is funny, sweet, feel-good 80s fare and it is meant to be a light, enjoyable experience. I understand why it was such a big hit.


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