Taglines: They changed her diapers. She changed their lives.
Architect Peter Mitchell (Tom Selleck), cartoonist Michael Kellam (Steve Guttenberg), and actor Jack Holden (Ted Danson) are happy living their lives as bachelors in their lofty New York City apartment where they have frequent parties and flings with different women.
Their lives are disrupted when a baby named Mary arrives on their doorstep one day. A note with her, written by a lady named Sylvia, indicates that she is Jack’s, the result of a tryst between the actor and actress. Mary arrives in his absence – he is in Turkey shooting a B movie, leaving Peter and Michael to fend for themselves in taking care of her.
Prior to leaving, Jack had made arrangements with a director friend to have a “package” delivered to the apartment as a favor. Before Mary’s arrival, he calls and leaves a message with Peter and Michael informing them of it and to keep it a secret per the director friend’s wishes. When she arrives, they mistakenly believe she is “the package”, even though there is a note from her mother.
Peter and Michael are totally befuddled on how to care for Mary, and Peter leaves to go buy whatever supplies are needed. While he is gone, Mrs. Hathaway (Cynthia Harris), the landlady, delivers a small box (which is the actual “package” containing heroin) to the apartment and Michael tosses it aside while trying to keep Mary under control. After Peter returns, they eventually figure out her proper care, right down to diaper changes, baths, and feedings.
The next day, two men (who are drug dealers) arrive at the apartment to pick up the package. Peter and Michael mistakenly give Mary to them instead, and shortly after they leave, Peter discovers the actual package. He runs downstairs to intercept them, but trips and stumbles, and the package’s contents spill. He gathers it and retrieves Mary from them, but retains the heroin while allowing them to take a can of powdered milk.
After the exchange, a police officer attempts to ticket them for illegal parking, but they escape. He accosts Peter and detains him in the apartment until Sgt. Melkowitz (Philip Bosco), a narcotics officer, arrives to question him and Michael about the drugs. They successfully hide them from him during the interrogation, in which they learn that Jack’s friend is a drug dealer as well. He leaves with suspicions and puts them and the apartment under surveillance.
Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and stars Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three bachelors as they attempt to adapt their lives to pseudo-fatherhood with the arrival of the love child of one of them. The script was based on the 1985 French film Trois hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle).
The film was the biggest American box office hit of that year, surpassing Fatal Attraction and eventually grossing US$167 million in the US alone. The film won the 1988 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture.
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis, Margaret Colin, Alexandra Amini, Francine Beers, Lisa Blair, Michelle Blair, Claire Cellucci
Screenplay by: Jim Cruickshank, James Orr
Production Design by: Peter S. Larkin
Cinematography by: Adam Greenberg
Film Editing by: Michael A. Stevenson
Costume Design by: Larry S. Wells
Set Decoration by: Jacques M. Bradette, Hilton Rosemarin
Art Direction by: Justin Scoppa Jr., Dan Yarhi
Music by: Marvin Hamlisch
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: November 25, 1987