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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Movie Information

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Robert Benton


Dustin Hoffman
Justin Henry
Jane Alexander
Meryl Streep
JoBeth Williams
Howard Duff





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A divorced couple cope with caring and not caring for their son as the man must battle in court to try to keep him.

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A pretty simple plot (court custody battle between two bitter parents) becomes something more with believable and moving performances from the two leads and one precocious child actor. The interesting thing is that Justin Henry (the son) never acted again after this star-making performance.

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Allison 12/22/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I love Robert Benton, saw it when I was a kid, and studied it in film school (all one classes). It's classic, emotional, and has good actors.

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Alex 03/17/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the first movies out that deals with divorce seriously. Hoffman deserves more praise and Streep plays her role like usual. I felt for the boy and the family the entire time - especially during court. It puts you in their shoes.

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09/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Definitely one of the best movies about matrimonial discord and self assessment. From the leads conflicts, courtroom scenes up-to the touching conclusion, this film shines. Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) is a focused workaholic married to Joanna (Meryl Streep). Joanna leaves Ted and their son Billy (Justin Henry). A legal custody ensues while Ted becomes a responsible father. Performances and screenplay was realistic. One of the really good quotes: Joanna - "I'm not taking him with me. I'm no good for him. I'm terrible with him. I have no patience. He's better off without me." Ted - "But I wasn't listening. I was too busy, too wrapped up... just thinking about myself. And I thought that anytime I was happy, she was happy. But I think underneath she was very sad. Mommy stayed here lon...

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  Ichabod Crane
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11/05/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Great family drama film

A family drama film that I liked a lot more than I expected to. I thought it turned out to be quite effective and did not fail and fall into some standard melodramatic scenes it could have thought it was very good and the relationships in the films were very well done and could have faltered very easily in any of its scenes. Instead it only has one scene I found unnecessary it is what causes the film to have an R rating. The scene just is not really needed overall in the film.

Oscar Win Best Actor Dustin Hoffman- Hoffman is great as the father who must take care of his son alone. He stays great throughout the whole film and keeps the emotional levels of the film correctly. He does well and seems completely realistic and great in every scene. It is a very good performance that is one t...

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09/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Sad and touching movie and a Must See!

'Kramer vs. Kramer' succeeds so tremendously, not because it shows us something that we've never seen before, but because it shows us life as we know it. The relationship between Ted Kramer and his young son Billy is really nothing remarkable almost every father in the world shares a similar bond with his own son and yet, paradoxically, this is what makes the film such a remarkable achievement: it is a window into real-life. That year, though 'Apocalypse Now (1979)' was undoubtedly the more impressive piece of cinema, the Academy decided to award the top honors to a film that was more intimate and closer-to-home {perhaps they were also hesitant, after 'The Deer Hunter (1978),' to reward a war picture two years in a row}. 'Kramer vs. Kramer' received, not only Best Picture, but also a ...

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