TV reporter Rob Salinger is married to Micki, but because she’s always busy working, they hardly ever spend time together. One night at which he got stood up by Micki again, Rob meets cellist Maude and they soon get romanticly involved. When it turns out Maude is pregnant with his baby, Rob decides to marry Maude. When he’s on the verge of telling Micki, she tells him she’s pregnant, so he doesn’t have the heart to leave her, but he marries Maude anyway. Now married to two pregnant women who don’t know about each other, Rob has a busy time taking care of both and keep them from finding out.
Micki & Maude is a 1984 American comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Dudley Moore. It co-stars Tony Award-winning actress and dancer Ann Reinking as Micki and Amy Irving as Maude. With the exception of appearances as herself, as in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom in 2005, this has been Reinking’s last film role as of 2016.
The film co-stars Wallace Shawn and includes two scenes with wrestler André the Giant in which he is introduced by his own name. Unlike their later roles in The Princess Bride, the two do not appear together onscreen. This film was remade in Tamil as Rettai Vaal Kuruvi starring Mohan, Archana, and Rathika Sarathkumar, and directed by Balu Mahindra. It was also remade in Malayalam as Paavakoothu (1990) starring Jayaram, Parvathy and Ranjini.
About the Story
Rob Salinger (Dudley Moore) is an overworked television reporter. He is happily married to Micki (Ann Reinking), a lawyer who is a candidate to become a judge. Rob wants a child badly, but Micki decides to postpone having children in order to better pursue her new career opportunity. On an assignment, Rob interviews a young cellist, Maude Guillory (Amy Irving). He is smitten with her and begins a relationship without telling her that he’s married. When she becomes pregnant, Maude and her father, professional wrestler Barkhas Guillory (Hard Boiled Haggerty) begin to plan her wedding to Rob.
Rob prepares to face the music: confess to Micki and get a divorce. But before he can reveal his affair with Maude, Micki stuns him by announcing that she, too, is pregnant. Rob becomes a bigamist. With his television boss Leo (Richard Mulligan) covering for him, he sees one wife during the daytime and the other at night, using work as an excuse. He gets away with it until the fates collide: Micki and Maude going into labor at the same time, in the same hospital, on the same floor.
The two women end up becoming friends, but realizing that Rob had been dishonest with them, they ban Rob from their lives and the lives of the children. Rob follows them around, spying on both families from a distance. Eventually Rob reconciles with both Micki and Maude, though it is not clear if the two women are aware he has reconciled with the other. The film ends with the women pursuing their careers: Micki as a judge presiding in a courtroom, Maude playing cello in a symphony orchestra. The film closes with a shot of Rob in a park years later, with two babies and his six other children he has had over the years with Micki and Maude.
Micki and Maude (1984)
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Starring: Dudley Moore, Amy Irving, Ann Reinking, Richard Mulligan, George Gaynes, Wallace Shawn, John Pleshette, Priscilla Pointer
Screenplay by: Jonathan Reynolds
Production Design by: Rodger Maus
Cinematography by: Harry Stradling Jr.
Film Editing by: Ralph E. Winters
Costume Design by: Patricia Norris
Set Decoration by: Stuart A. Reiss, Ethel Robins Richards
Art Direction by: Jack Senter
Music by: Lee Holdridge
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: December 21, 1984