Three Men and a Cradle

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 which was subsequently remade into six Indian movies in five different languages.

Trois hommes et un couffin
Film poster
Directed byColine Serreau
Produced byJean-Francois Lepetit
Written byColine Serreau
Music byFranz Schubert
CinematographyJean-Jacques Bouhon
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Edited byCatherine Renault
Distributed byActeurs Auteurs Associés
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)
Running time
106 minutes


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

  • Academy Awards (USA)
    • Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film[1]
  • 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)
  • Golden Globe Awards (USA)
    • Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film
  • National Academy of Cinema (France)
    • Won: Academy Award (Coline Serreau)


Trois hommes et un couffin was remade in English as Three Men and a Baby in 1987 which was subsequently adapted as 'Baalache Baap Brahmachaari (1989) in Marathi , Thoovalsparsham (1990) in Malayalam which was then remade in Telugu as Chinnari Muddula Papa, in Tamil as Thayamma (1991) , into Asathal (2001) in Tamil and as Heyy Babyy (2007) in Hindi.

See also


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