Babies are cute and adorable, but also unpredictable and a source of conflict. No wonder they are so popular with screen writers looking for a plot generation device. To celebrate the role of babies in film let's take a look at some of our favourite babies in movie history.
Something definitely isn't right in Rosemary's world. After meeting some strange neighbours she has a scary dream where the devil thrust himself upon her and co-incidentally she becomes pregnant. Then her husband starts to behave strangely insisting she rejects her friends and see a strange doctor, even though she is having terrible pains. But in Roman Polanski's occult thriller the real shock comes when the baby is born....
Three Men and a Baby
I seem to remember enjoying this light hearted 80's hit at the time but it seem awfully naff in retrospect. Ted Dawson is playing his usual lothario role and having time of his life until he is left holding the baby by an old flame. Cue plenty of slack stick comedy and soul searching.
The Godfather is one of the greatest films ever made and is a timeless story of the power struggles in a new York Mafia family. In a pivotal scene in the film Michael Corleone, the new boss of the Corleone clan arranges for all his enemies to be disposed of while is having his daughter baptised.
The baby is played by the director's daughter, Sophia Coppola, who went onto direct films such as Lost in Translation and the Bling Ring.
Meet the Fockers
In my opinion, Robert De Niro's greatest roll was not in Raging Bull, but in Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers. He plays the humourless, suspicious father is to deadpan perfection. Oh, and there is a baby in it as well.