She's Having a Baby (1988)

PG-13 | 106 mins | Comedy-drama | 5 February 1988

Director:

John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes

Producer:

John Hughes

Cinematographer:

Don Peterman

Editor:

Alan Heim

Production Designer:

John W. Corso

Production Company:

Hughes Entertainment
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HISTORY

After opening credits, a voice-over narration by actor Kevin Bacon in the role of “Jake Briggs” is heard: “I loved her more than anything on the face of the Earth. I fell like a stone the first time I saw her. She fell just as hard. The only difference was, she knew why. Kristy was my mate for life. Kristen Bainbridge … well that was her name. Now she has my name, Briggs. We’re Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Briggs, but everybody calls me Jake, except my grandmother. She calls me Booper.” Voice-over narration continues throughout the film.
       The 30 Sep 1986 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 19 Sep 1986 in Los Angeles, CA. Production notes in AMPAS library files noted that part of filming took place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA, as well as at the Lakeview Medical Center in Pacoima, CA, and South Pasadena, CA. Filming also occurred on locations throughout IL, including the cities of Chicago, Glencoe, Skokie, and Winnetka. A 31 Jul 1987 LAT article cited a budget of over $20 million.
       A working title for the film was The Underlying Principle, as stated in a 27 Aug 1986 DV brief.
       The 14 Sep 1986 LAT and an HR production chart listed Peter Macgregor-Scott as a producer, but he is not credited onscreen. Michael Chinich was listed by the 18 Mar 1987 Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. as being the film’s executive producer. However, Chinich is not credited onscreen.
       The 27 Apr 1987 ... More Less

After opening credits, a voice-over narration by actor Kevin Bacon in the role of “Jake Briggs” is heard: “I loved her more than anything on the face of the Earth. I fell like a stone the first time I saw her. She fell just as hard. The only difference was, she knew why. Kristy was my mate for life. Kristen Bainbridge … well that was her name. Now she has my name, Briggs. We’re Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Briggs, but everybody calls me Jake, except my grandmother. She calls me Booper.” Voice-over narration continues throughout the film.
       The 30 Sep 1986 HR production chart stated that principal photography began on 19 Sep 1986 in Los Angeles, CA. Production notes in AMPAS library files noted that part of filming took place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA, as well as at the Lakeview Medical Center in Pacoima, CA, and South Pasadena, CA. Filming also occurred on locations throughout IL, including the cities of Chicago, Glencoe, Skokie, and Winnetka. A 31 Jul 1987 LAT article cited a budget of over $20 million.
       A working title for the film was The Underlying Principle, as stated in a 27 Aug 1986 DV brief.
       The 14 Sep 1986 LAT and an HR production chart listed Peter Macgregor-Scott as a producer, but he is not credited onscreen. Michael Chinich was listed by the 18 Mar 1987 Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. as being the film’s executive producer. However, Chinich is not credited onscreen.
       The 27 Apr 1987 HR stated that the scheduled release date of 19 Jun 1987 would be moved to early 1988. Barry London, Paramount Pictures president of marketing and distribution, was noted as saying that writer-director-producer John Hughes “had not been able to devote the time necessary to the postproduction schedule” of the film while working on Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987, see entry).
       Items in AMPAS library files noted that Paramount Pictures held an invitation-only special screening of the picture on 26 Jan 1988 at the Mann National Theatre in Westwood, CA. The 27 Jan 1988 LAT reported that the picture’s premiere was scheduled for 4 Feb 1988 at Paramount Pictures Studio in Hollywood, benefiting the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation.
       After the film’s 5 Feb 1988 release on 925 screens, the 9 Feb 1988 LAT announced that it brought in a weekend box-office gross of $3.8 million.
       She's Having a Baby marked the motion picture debut of actress Lili Taylor.
       During end credits, various well-known actors and actresses are shown suggesting names for a baby boy. The cameos are not credited onscreen.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks To: The Village of Skokie, Illinois; the Village of Winnetka, Illinois; the Village of Glencoe, Illinois; the Residents of New England Village; the Field Museum.” End credits acknowledge: “Dick Van Dyke Film Clip Courtesy of Viacom Enterprises.” End credits also state: “Inspiration: Nancy Hughes.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Aug 1986
p. 3.
Daily Variety
12 Dec 1986
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 1988
p. 3, 66.
Los Angeles Times
14 Sep 1986
Calendar, p. 35.
Los Angeles Times
31 Jul 1987
Part VI, p. G1.
Los Angeles Times
27 Jan 1988
View, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
5 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 1, 26.
Los Angeles Times
9 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 2.
New York Times
5 Feb 1988
Section C, p. 18.
Variety
3 Feb 1988
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures Presents
A John Hughes Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir, Chicago crew
2d unit dir
2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst photog
2d asst photog
Film loader
Still photog
Video asst
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Lamp op
Chief rigging elec
1st company grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
1st asst cam, Chicago crew
2d asst cam, Chicago crew
Chief lighting tech, Chicago crew
Key grip, Chicago crew
Still photog, Chicago crew
Video asst, Chicago crew
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam asst, 2d unit
Cam asst, 2d unit
Still photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed
Addl ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Asst ed, Chicago crew
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Lead person
Prop master
Prop person
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Propmaker foreperson
Propmaker foreperson
Paint foreman
Propmaker
COSTUMES
Cost des
Women`s costumer
Men`s costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus supv
Mus coord
Mus coord
Addl mus score
Addl orch
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Asst sd eff ed
Supv ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Cable person, Chicago crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opticals
Spec eff
DANCE
Choreog
Asst choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Loc mgr
Tech consultant
Prod auditor
Asst prod auditor
New York casting
Extras casting
Transportation coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Prod office coord
Prod secy
Asst to John Hughes
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Craft service
Loc mgr, Chicago crew
Asst loc mgr, Chicago crew
Casting - Chicago, Chicago crew
Transportation capt, Chicago crew
Transportation co-capt, Chicago crew
Transportation co-capt, Chicago crew
Prod secy, Chicago crew
Prod asst, Chicago crew
Extras casting, Chicago crew
Extras casting, Chicago crew
Caterer
Caterer helper
Asst to John Hughes
Asst to Michael Chinich
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
“Apron Strings,” by Ben Watt & Tracy Thorn, performed by Everything But The Girl, produced by Ben Watt, Everything But The Girl performs courtesy of Blanco Y Negro Records Ltd./WEA Records Ltd./Sire Records Inc.
“Chain Gang,” written & performed by Sam Cooke, published by ABKCO Music, Inc., produced by Hugo & Luigi, courtesy of RCA Records, Inc.
“Crazy Love,” by Van Morrison, performed by Bryan Ferry, produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Steve Nye & Simon Puxley, courtesy of E. G. Records Ltd./Virgin Records Limited
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SONGS
“Apron Strings,” by Ben Watt & Tracy Thorn, performed by Everything But The Girl, produced by Ben Watt, Everything But The Girl performs courtesy of Blanco Y Negro Records Ltd./WEA Records Ltd./Sire Records Inc.
“Chain Gang,” written & performed by Sam Cooke, published by ABKCO Music, Inc., produced by Hugo & Luigi, courtesy of RCA Records, Inc.
“Crazy Love,” by Van Morrison, performed by Bryan Ferry, produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Steve Nye & Simon Puxley, courtesy of E. G. Records Ltd./Virgin Records Limited
“Desire (Come And Get It),” by Jay Aston, performed by Gene Loves Jezebel, produced by Peter Walsh, courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd./Geffen Records, Inc.
“Drummin’ Man,” by Tiny Parham & Gene Krupa, performed by Topper Headon, produced by Nick Headon & Jeremy Green, courtesy of Phonogram Records Limited
“Full Of Love,” by Stephen Duffy & Roger Freeman, performed by Dr. Calculus, produced by Stephen Duffy & Paul Staveley O`Duffy, courtesy of 10 Records Ltd.
“Happy Families,” by Andy Partridge, performed by XTC, produced by Andy Partridge, XTC performs courtesy of Geffen Records Inc./Virgin Records Limited
“Haunted When The Minutes Drag,” by David J., Daniel Ash & Kevin Haskins, performed by Love And Rockets, produced by John A. Rivers & Love And Rockets, courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” by Edward Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland, performed by Marvin Gaye, produced by Holland, Dozier, Holland, courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
“It’s All In The Game,” by Carl Sigman & Charles G. Dawes, performed by Carmel, produced by Mike Thorne, Carmel performs courtesy of London Records Limited
“More Than A Feeling,” by Tom Scholz, performed by Boston, produced by John Boylan & Tom Scholz, courtesy of CBS Records
“She’s Having A Baby,” by Dave Wakeling & Ian Ritchie, performed by Dave Wakeling, produced by Steve Levine, Dave Wakeling performs courtesy of I. R. S. Records, Inc.
“This Woman’s Work,” written, performed & produced by Kate Bush, Kate Bush performs courtesy of Novercia Ltd./EMI Records Ltd.
“You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby,” by Morrissey & Johnny Marr, performed by Kirsty MacColl, produced by Steve Lillywhite.
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PERFORMERS
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COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Underlying Principle
Release Date:
5 February 1988
Premiere Information:
Special screening at Mann National Theatre in Westwood, CA: 26 January 1988
Los Angeles premiere: 4 February 1988
Nationwide opening: 5 February 1988
Production Date:
began 19 September 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Seven Stars Film Partners
Copyright Date:
12 August 1988
Copyright Number:
PA376434
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
106
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28291
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Recent college graduate and aspiring writer Jefferson “Jake” Briggs sits in front of the church where he is getting married to Kristen “Kristy” Bainbridge. Confessing that he is nervous, Jake is reminded by his best friend Davis McDonald that he has been in love with Kristy since he was sixteen years old. Reassured, Jake marries Kristy in front of friends and family. Jake and Kristy later move to New Mexico where Jake plans to attend graduate school. However, he becomes frustrated with the program. Kristy attempts to convince him to finish his studies, but Jake quits and they move back to their home state of Illinois. As Jake tries to figure out his future, Kristy’s father belittles Jake about his inability to support Kristy and their future family. Jake applies for a job at a Chicago advertising agency and receives an interview. Although his interviewers, Howard and Bill, determine that Jake has lied on his resume, they are impressed by his creative writing skills and hire him. With the combination of Jake’s new job and Kristy’s income, they purchase a home in the suburbs. Jake feels burdened by his adult responsibilities, and continues to work on his novel. Two years later, Davis McDonald arrives from New York City with his model girl friend, Erin. Against Kristy’s wishes, Jake invites Davis and Erin to stay at the house. Davis tries to convince Jake to move to New York and become a writer. However, Jake says he loves Kristy and needs to stay. As Jake becomes disillusioned with his job, Kristy decides she wants a baby. ... +


Recent college graduate and aspiring writer Jefferson “Jake” Briggs sits in front of the church where he is getting married to Kristen “Kristy” Bainbridge. Confessing that he is nervous, Jake is reminded by his best friend Davis McDonald that he has been in love with Kristy since he was sixteen years old. Reassured, Jake marries Kristy in front of friends and family. Jake and Kristy later move to New Mexico where Jake plans to attend graduate school. However, he becomes frustrated with the program. Kristy attempts to convince him to finish his studies, but Jake quits and they move back to their home state of Illinois. As Jake tries to figure out his future, Kristy’s father belittles Jake about his inability to support Kristy and their future family. Jake applies for a job at a Chicago advertising agency and receives an interview. Although his interviewers, Howard and Bill, determine that Jake has lied on his resume, they are impressed by his creative writing skills and hire him. With the combination of Jake’s new job and Kristy’s income, they purchase a home in the suburbs. Jake feels burdened by his adult responsibilities, and continues to work on his novel. Two years later, Davis McDonald arrives from New York City with his model girl friend, Erin. Against Kristy’s wishes, Jake invites Davis and Erin to stay at the house. Davis tries to convince Jake to move to New York and become a writer. However, Jake says he loves Kristy and needs to stay. As Jake becomes disillusioned with his job, Kristy decides she wants a baby. Without telling Jake, she quits taking her birth control pills. Months later, Kristy does not become pregnant and confesses to Jake about stopping her birth control. Although Jake does not feel ready to be a father, he and Kristy take fertility tests and begin trying for a baby. Davis returns to Chicago for his father’s funeral and visits Jake and Kristy. Seeing Davis upset, they invite him to stay at the house. As Kristy consoles Davis, he confesses that he has always loved her. However, Kristy loves Jake and tells Davis nothing will ever happen between them. Later, Kristy announces to Jake that she is pregnant. As they prepare for the baby’s arrival, Jake continues his writing. When Kristy’s contractions begin, Jake rushes her to the hospital. However, complications arise during delivery, and Jake fears losing her and the baby. After a difficult labor, Kristy gives birth to a boy and Jake is overcome with relief. Returning home, he reads his manuscript, She’s Having A Baby, to Kristy and their son. +

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