In this very contemporary story, a young couple cannot have children, so they hire a young woman, Hershey, to bear the child for them. She holds up her end of the bargain, but it destroys her relationshop with her boy friend, Glenn, who is a member of the Love Generation but draws the line at what she's done. Father-to-be Groom and Hershey find they cannot make this just a business arrangement, and their relationship gets much deeper than either had wanted. In the end, Groom and wife Wilcox-Horne leave with the child. This was Bridges' first film as a director, and his writing made up for his shortcomings as a helmsman. Several years later he came to the fore with THE CHINA SYNDROME and realized his potential. Hershey (born Barbara Herzstine) changed her name to Seagull and then back to Hershey again. She has a son, Free, by David Carradine. Jeannie Berlin made five films in 1970, but not until THE HEARTBREAK KID was she recognized for her comic talent. Fred Karlin and Tylwyth Kymry received Oscar nominations for their song score.