The Baby Maker


1h 49m 1970

Brief Synopsis

A free-spirited woman agrees to be a surrogate mother for a wealthy California couple. The original arrangement begins to unravel, however, when emotional feelings on the part of the surrogate mother emerge.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Oct 1970
Production Company
Robert Wise Productions
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Tish Gray, a California hippie, is introduced to Suzanne and Jay Wilcox, a wealthy Beverly Hills couple who are unable to have a child. They offer Tish a considerable sum of money if she will conceive and bear a child by Jay. Tish, who enjoys being pregnant, agrees to the scheme, and she and Jay go to his cabin in the mountains; shortly after returning to Los Angeles, Tish learns that she is pregnant. Suzanne, who is eager to have the child, makes Tish promise to give up her hippie way of life and the use of drugs. Tension begins to mount between Tish and her boyfriend, Tad Jacks, and after an argument she leaves him and moves into the Wilcox home. Although the household seems peaceful, Jay's feelings for Tish grow stronger while Tish becomes resentful of Tad's infidelity and has doubts about giving up the child to a middle-class family. Furthermore, she is berated by her friend Charlotte for accepting such a lifestyle, but their friendship resumes when Tish agrees to go to a demonstration against war toys. When Tish bears the long-awaited child, the Wilcoxes pay her the balance of the money, take the child, and bid her farewell.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Oct 1970
Production Company
Robert Wise Productions
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Song Score

1971

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Los Angeles.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 1970

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1988

Directorial debut for James Bridges.

Released in United States Fall October 1970

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1988