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Anjanette Comer (The Loved One) stars as an idealistic L.A. County social worker who investigates the case of Mrs. Wadsworth (former 50s starlet Ruth Roman of Strangers On A Train fame, her two buxom daughters, and son Baby, a mentally-disabled man who sleeps in a crib, eats in a high-chair, crawls, bawls and wears diapers.
But what secrets of unnatural attachment and sexual obsession are all of these women hiding?
Marianna Hill (The Godfather Part II) and Michael Pataki (Grave Of The Vampire) co-star in this psychotic stunner from director Ted Post (Magnum Force, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes), now fully restored from the original film negative.
- Audio Interview With Director Ted Post
- Audio Interview With Star David Mooney
- Theatrical Trailer
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Ruth Roman is an indomitable force as Mrs. Wadsworth, a bitter, chain-smoking harridan who lives with her two grown daughters Germaine (Mariana Hill) and Alba (Suzanne Zenor). Together these three partake in the care and feeding of Baby--a twenty-something man who exists in an infantilized state, his world consisting of diapers, bottles and life in a playpen. Concerned social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) arrives on the scene to investigate and quickly becomes obsessed with giving Baby a chance to live up to his potential. Things escalate until the story becomes a struggle of wills between Ann and the Wadsworths over Baby's welfare, which results in kidnapping and murder!
The story may be somewhat slow-moving for those born after 1980 who are used to non-stop action and excessive editing in their films, but for those who appreciate "old-school" technique and character development, stick it out because the payoff is HUGE. I am somewhat jaded but even I didn't see the twist coming (I won't reveal it here and spoil it for first-timers).
The two lead actresses really play well off each other (the interview with director Ted Post found among the bonus features hints that Roman may have purposely caused some friction so that the tension between Ann and Mrs. W would be amplified onscreen) and the film transcends its limited budget.Read more ›
As "The Baby" starts, we learn that social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) has decided to accept one of the strangest assignments of her career. She will begin visiting the Wadsworth residence a few times a week in order to monitor that family's treatment of their infant son. The clan consists of the husky voiced, chain-smoking mother (played with a nod and a wink by an aging Ruth Roman), two gorgeous yet snotty sisters named Alba and Germaine, and Baby. Nothing too odd here, except Baby is actually a full grown man who cannot speak, walk, or take care of himself. Baby spends most of his time in a playpen in the house or in a crib out on the lawn where he gurgles and gasps to himself and his family.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent. Everything I thought it would be and more. I recommend it for everyone.Published 13 days ago by Sherry Lynne Genest
This is a cult classic, that is a bit odd, slow at times, but stay with it. "Baby" is an adult male (David Mooney) being taken care of as a baby. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Movie Guy
gave it five stars for being quite possibly the best WORST movie ever made. Really this is top-shelf bad, -- fascinatingly and hilariously bad. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nevermind
This movie is so bad that it's good! Excellent even! Ruth Roman is HILARIOUSLY harsh to her two (2) grown daughters and the nosy social worker, while nothing is too good for her... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Justin Garrison
The Baby is one for my personal collection. Anjanette Comer delivers a terrific role as Ann Gentry, a social worker. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Katie