The Baby (1972)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Mar 1, 1973 Wide
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 306
TV-movie perennial Ted Post served as director for the low-budget theatrical feature The Baby. Ruth Roman plays a boozy nutcase who, out of hatred for the husband who ran out on her years earlier, forces her teenaged son (David Manzy) to dress and behave like an infant. Social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer), understandably put off by the sight of a fully grown boy chewing on his toes in a playpen, sets about to rescue him. When sinister forces try to claim the "baby" from Ann, she resorts
Mar 1, 1973 Wide
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There's a master's thesis on The Baby waiting to be written and I'll be first in line to read it, but not because I expect to find the film's provocations tamed or its utter bizarreness gently folded into the seething swamp of things that make us go hmm.
'The Baby' is absolutely gaga. Or should that be goo-goo-gaga? It's a multiple-personality disorder of a film that vacillates among the extremes of weirdo exploitation, psychological horror and social-reform drama.
... the film has the look and feel of a TV cop drama, and a politically incorrect, outlandish storyline that couldn't be filmed today.
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