Synopsis: In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby, breaks the rules and gets in a lot of trouble. (Z.P.G. stands for Zero Population Growth.)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
97 min

Attention all citizens...

attention all citizens...

stand by for

an important announcement...

...from the president

of the society.

This announcement

will bring you the result...

...of the deliberations of the

world federation council.

Attention all citizens.

How much time do I have?

Uh, six seconds, sir.

My fellow citizens. Ahem.

My fellow citizens,

It is with a heavy heart...

...that I bring you

the findings of the council.

After deliberating

in continuous session...

...for the last four months...

...in unceasing efforts

to find a solution...

...to the devastating problem

of overpopulation...

...threatening to destroy

what remains of our planet,

the world federation council...

...has considered and rejected...

...all half-Way measures


...by the various regional

scientific congresses.

We have also rejected proposals...

...for selective euthanasia

and mass sterilization.

Knowing the sacrifices that

our decision will entail,

the world council

has nevertheless...

...reached a unanimous decision.

I quote...

"because it has been agreed

"By the nations of the world

"That the earth

can no longer sustain

"A continuously

increasing population,

"As of today,

"The 1st of January,

"We join with all other

nations of the world

"In the following edict...


is herewith forbidden."


The conception of a child

Shall be the gravest of crimes,

Punishable by death.

Women now pregnant

Will report to local

hospitals for registration.

I earnestly request your

cooperation in this effort

To assure

the last hope for survival

Of the human race.

B.E... Before edict.

Electronic imprint is fine.

John graham,


John graham,


Handle her gently.

You won't be seeing any

more of these for 30 years.

Welcome to babyland.

This is the first day

of the rest of your lives

And only the beginning

of the happiness

We know awaits you.

When the ever-Open doors

welcome you to babyland,

We promise you fulfillment.

You come to us

as a man and a woman,

You'll leave as a family,

The proud parents of your own

little boy or little girl.

After all, we've had eight years

To improve on

the original model.

At the time of the edict,

They were hardly more than toys,

But since then,

what enormous progress we've made.

They're all designed to

be either playful or cranky.

Real tears.

Body temperature

Except when illness strikes.

Ah, they're design

to go throughed.

The whole range of

childhood diseases.

Nothing serious,

Just enough to keep mother

Constantly on her toes.

She's darling.

Don't you have a younger one?

Sorry, we're... We"

're out of infants.

They just can't make them fast enough,

And trade-Ins

have been sluggish.

Some mothers can't stand

To see their

little ones grow up.

Come on, lady.

Make up your mind.

We've been waiting here all day.

Well, we'll take her.

Do you have a name for her?

We need a name so

we can program her.

Bonnie, after my mother.

Also, make sure you visit

your unit housing council

To put your name

on the waiting list

For your new and more

spacious living quarters,

Just two of the many advantages

That each babyland child

brings to you.

You can call her now.







You're my mummy...

and that's my daddy.

My name is bonnie,

And I love my mummy.

I love you, too, bonnie.

Get me out of here.

Get me out of here.

Next couple, please.

You come to us

as a man and a woman,

You'll leave as a family.

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Max Ehrlich

Max Michaelis Ehrlich (7 December 1892, Berlin – 1 October 1944, Auschwitz concentration camp) was a German actor, screenwriter, and director on the German theater, comedy and cabaret scene of the 1930s. Ehrlich began his career in the 1920s at various theatres, including leading roles in Max Reinhardt productions and revues. He appeared in 42 films, ten of which he directed, and on eight records. He wrote several books, including From Adelbert to Zilzer, his best-selling humorous collection of stories and anecdotes about sixty-two of his best known show business friends and colleagues. more…

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