Three Men and a Cradle

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

Three Men and a Cradle (French : Trois hommes et un couffin) is a 1985 French comedy film by Coline Serreau. [1] The film was remade in Hollywood as Three Men and a Baby in 1987 which was subsequently remade into seven movies in six languages.



Three young men (Jacques, Pierre and Michel) share an apartment in Paris having many girlfriends and parties; during the film, they have signed a contract never to allow a girl to spend more than one night at their place. During one party, a friend of Jacques' tells him he has a compromising package (which turned out to be heroin) to deliver, and asks Jacques 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. One of Jacques' former girlfriends drops a baby before their door, making Pierre and Michel believe it is the package they are waiting for. Their lives change completely. The 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  [ fr ] (18 Years After) was released in 2003.


Award [lower-alpha 1] Date of ceremony [lower-alpha 2] CategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef.
Academy Awards 24 March 1986 Best Foreign Language Film Three Men and a Cradle Coline Serreau Nominated [2]
César Awards 22 February 1986 Best Film Won [3]
Best Director Coline Serreau Nominated
Best Writing Won
Best Supporting Actor Michel Boujenah Won
Best Supporting Actress Dominique Lavanant Nominated
Most Promising Actress Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 31 January 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Three Men and a CradleNominated [4]


Trois hommes et un couffin was remade by Hollywood in English as Three Men and a Baby in 1987. [5] This was subsequently adapted into several Indian films, including Baalache Baap Brahmachaari (1989) in Marathi, Thoovalsparsham (1990) in Malayalam which was then remade as Chinnari Muddula Papa (1990) in Telugu, Thayamma (1991) and Asathal (2001) in Tamil, Heyy Babyy (2007) in Bollywood (Hindi) and Tatlı Bela (2018) in Turkish.[ citation needed ]

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  1. Awards, festivals and organizations are in alphabetical order.
  2. Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

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  2. "The 58th Academy Awards (1986) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  3. "The 11th César Awards (1986) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques . Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  4. "The 44th Golden Globe Awards (1987) Nominees and Winners". Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Retrieved 6 July 2021.
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