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Micki & Maude is a 1984 romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Dudley Moore, Ann Reinking, Amy Irving, Richard Mulligan, George Gaynes, and Wallace Shawn.

When television reporter Rob Salinger (Moore) feels stuck in his marriage to Micki (Reinking), he falls for Maude (Irving) during an interview. Maude tells Rob that she is pregnant, and he prepares to divorce Micki and start a new life with Maude. But Rob has a problem: Micki is pregnant too. Now a bigamist, Rob must balance his career, his two separate wives and his new responsibilities as a father while hiding the two women from each other.

Nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, with Moore winning for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.


  • Accidental Truth: Rob tells Micki that Nurse Verbeck and Doctor Fibel are having an illicit affair. When Verbeck decides to reveal the bigamy, Micki (who is heavily medicated) laughs that she knows all about the affair Verbeck and Fibel are having. Verbeck goes to Fibel and tells him that the Salingers know about their affair, and they both agree that if the Salingers can keep quiet about their affair, they can remain silent about the bigamy.
    Verbeck: They know.
    Fibel: They know what? Who?
    Verbeck: The Salingers. They know I worship your body like a French cathedral.
    Fibel: I don't care who knows, Mary. You're my woman and I'm your man! (Big Damn Kiss) Nevertheless, if they can keep a secret, so can I!
  • Babies Ever After: Micki and Maude both go into labor and deliver their babies, but they both forbid Rob from seeing them and their babies, but he reconciles with them both and enjoys life with the babies. And Rob has at least a dozen kids with them.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Rob desperately wants to be a dad, but Micki is intent on her law career and obsessed with being a judge. Rob falls in love with Maude, who does want kids.
  • The Cameo: Maude's father is a wrestler, and his friends include Real Life wrestlers André the Giant, Jack "Wildman" Armstrong, Big John Studd, and Chief Jay Strongbow.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Rob is shown to be pretty sarcastic at times.
    • Leo gets a few lines as well.
    • Maude can be a snarker at times too.
    Maude: Oh, without me, right? So you can look wise and condescending the way you guys always do?
  • Didn't Think This Through: Rob didn't realize that being married to two women meant they would eventually find out about each other, which they did in the near end.
  • Happily Married: Rob and Micki are happy with their marriage and Rob wants a child, but Micki refuses due to a previous miscarriage. He soon marries Maude and seems to be happy with her, but it soon leads to Rob's downfall when they both find out about each other.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Rob's interview is with nudist male models who are a part of the NRA, who insist that guns and nudity are gifts from God. Rob's sanity breaks and calls them "major morons".
  • Mama Bear: Both women are protective of their newborn babies, especially Micki who attacks Rob (who was disguised as a burglar) who broke in her house to see his baby.
  • Morning Sickness: Maude experiences nausea twice while pregnant at the time.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Maude wears a big black dress at the concert when Rob came to see her.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Leo seems to be this to Rob as he tries to tell him that he's married to two wives and that's a big problem and it won't work out.
    • Nurse Verbeck is the only nurse who sees through Rob's act that he's married to two wives.
  • Papa Wolf: Maude's dad is a pro wrestler (H.B. Haggerty), and her father makes it quite clear that not only will Rob be bent into a pretzel shape if he hurts Maude, but all of his wrestler friends will help.
  • Screaming Birth: Both women reduce to this when they go into labor.
  • Secret-Keeper: Leo is the only one Rob lets in on his secret bigamy.
    Maid of Honor: (after catching the bouquet) I guess I'm next.
    Leo: Oh, I don't think he has the time.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Both Micki and Maude announce they're pregnant to Rob which was unexpected.
  • Wrong Song Gag: Micki and Maude are both in third stage labor with Rob Salinger's babies in the same delivery room. Already mortified that Rob has been two-timing them, Rob tries to calm the women with some Lamaze relaxation music. The tune that plays, however, is Paul Anka's 1974 tune "(You're) Having My Baby." This does not make things better; quite the opposite.