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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Dustin Hoffman , Meryl Streep , Robert Benton  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry, Howard Duff
  • Directors: Robert Benton
  • Writers: Robert Benton, Avery Corman
  • Producers: Richard Fischoff, Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MEOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kramer vs. Kramer" on IMDb

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  • Exclusive Documentary: "Finding the Truth: The Making of Kramer vs. Kramer"

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Winner of 5 Academy Awards®, Kramer vs. Kramer is a ground- breaking drama about the heartbreak of divorce and the struggle between work and family. Young husband and father Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) loves his family - and his job, which is where he spends most of his time. When he returns home late one evening from work, his wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) confronts him and then leaves him, forcing Ted to become the sole caregiver to their six-year-old son. Now, Ted must learn to be a father while balancing the demands of his high-pressure career. But just as Ted adapts to his new role and begins to feel like a fulfilled parent, Joanna returns. And now she wants her son back.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Divorce In The 70's January 6, 2003
Format:DVD
1979's Kramer vs. Kramer mirrored a trend that was becoming more and more prevalent in America in the 1970's, the breakup of marriages. Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep star as Ted & Joanna Kramer. Ted is the prototypical yuppie. His job in an advertising company is really accelerating and it is taking up most of his time from his family that also includes eight-year old Billy (Justin Henry). Ted is so involved in his career, he knows little of the day-to day routine of his own household. One day, Ted's world is shattered when Joanna leaves him and Billy in order to find herself. Ted must learn how to raise his son, juggle his work and home life and go through a divorce trial. The film is both poignant and touching as Ted & Billy bond and form a loving relationship. Mr. Hoffman is excellent as is Ms. Streep and Jane Alexander gives a strong turn as the Kramer's woman's libber neighbor who Ted feels egged Joanna on and caused the breakup of his marriage. But the true find is young Justin Henry. He gives one of the finest performances by a preteen in movie history. The film was much lauded and praised and come Oscar time, Mr. Hoffman finally took home the Best Actor award after several failed nominations. Ms. Streep won Best Supporting Actress, director Robert Benton took home the Best Director award and the film won Best Picture.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching portrait of father and son January 7, 2006
Format:DVD
A career-driven man, insensitive to his wife and son's needs, is suddenly immersed in parenting when his wife (Meryl Streep) leaves him and their son to find herself. Throughout the film, as Ted adjusts to the demands of parenting, his career suffers, but his relationship with his young son grows. Over a year later, when his wife returns and tries to regain custody of the boy, Ted fights to retain custody.

The movie presents a well-done portrait of a family - the conflicting demands of a relationship, parenting and personal growth. It also tells the touching story of a father and son, and the sacrifices the father is willing to make in the name of love. A classic as powerful today as 25 years ago.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
"Kramer vs. Kramer" was released in theaters back in 1979 and is about the Kramer family. The film starts off with Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) with her 7-year-old son Billy (Justin Henry) and watching him go to sleep at night. Ted Kramer is a busy advertising designer who works his tail off to provide for his family and is eventually recognized by the advertising firm he works for and selecting him to take on a major account.

Excited about the new developments for his work, you realize that Ted is a workaholic and dedicated to his job. Once he gets home, Joanna tells him that she is leaving him and Billy. She doesn't where she's going but she's leaving and not coming back. She also tells him that she doesn't love him anymore.

Ted doesn't understand what is going on. He just got this major account, an account that could bring more income to the family but now he's faced with a wife that left him and now having to raise his son by himself.

We watch the transformation of Ted Kramer within a 18-month period, as he struggles and becomes a good father for his son while trying to maintain his job.

Then out of nowhere, 18-months later, his ex-wife Joanna returns. After leaving Ted and Billy, Joanna has sorted her life and got herself a new job. But most of all, she wants custody of Billy.

This sets up a legal battle between both Kramers for custody of Billy.

"Kramer vs. Kramer" is not only a moving film but it really hits the nail on where cultural society was going during that time. Women wanting a bigger presence in their careers and not wanting to be just housewives and also how divorce can change the family dynamics and how one would face becoming a single parent.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman at best. July 11, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
I could watch this movie a million times and never get bored because everything is so real. The acting is flawless; so flawless that it doesn't even appear that they are acting. Dustin Hoffman is simply a joy in this movie. He's superb, and the love that grows between him (Ted) and his son (Billy) is so moving and sincere. It's just as powerful, if not more, than any romantic storyline out there in the movies. This is love. A love between a boy and his father. It's deep love. The type of man which Ted grows to be is a beautiful human being, and this is all due to love. He becomes a perfect role model for what a parent should be. Hoffman is excellent. The boy actor is perfect. Another reason why I like this film is because it shows that a person is capable of change, afterall. If you're moved by great actors and real storylines, then watch this film!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances July 15, 2002
Format:DVD
This is a very good movie with three extraordinary leading performances. Much has been said about the work of Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Justin Henry (who plays their son) in this film. 23 years later, these peformances remain great. Everyone knows what powerful actors Hoffman and Streep are at their best. So what really stood out to me was Justin Henry. He is absolutely natural; not a "phony" moment in his performance.
I do wonder if the film would've been even better if Streep's character had been fleshed out a bit more. It's extremely hard to relate to her. We don't see anything particularly bad or intolerable in Hoffman's character, so her abandoning of their son seems unconscionable. She had to go "find herself?" I had no sympathy for her, simply because it seemed she walked away from a loving and devoted husband. I understand he was very busy with work, but he was putting food on their table. When raising kids, sacrifices must be made. Hoffman's character sacrificed most of his leisure time in order to work hard. Based on what we see in the film, Streep's character didn't want to make those kinds of sacrifices.
Anyway, if a movie can spark conversations, or even debates, it must've done something right. The DVD features an insightful 50 minute documentary, loaded with interviews of all the principal participants in this well-made movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, solid film
Some films you walk away from and, after giving yourself a period of time to digest them, you realize that it really ripened in your mind as a genuinely worthwhile film. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K.T. May
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A sad story of how our efforts to succeed at work can have costs in our personal lives.
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I watch this movie because of my class Domestic Relations Law. I find very emotional both of this parents has to fight for a son custody. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another of my favorite movies with great artist
Another of my favorite movies with great artist. It allows you to see what the other partner goes through to make a relationship matter with your child.
Published 2 months ago by Shirley Maldonado
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by terry brinker
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie that I would recommend to anyone with divorced parents
I just watched this movie last night on the DVR and the ending had me in tears. Even The Gordian Knot Uty'd incidental music, Z 59. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Kramer vs Kramer
A lovely and sweet movie that can make you cry. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by Kathyp
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing film with great performances
Sure this film probably isn't as accurate today as it was when it was made in the 70s. But you have to appreciate how spot on the film portrays the cultural movement in the 1970s... Read more
Published 3 months ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hoffman work
One of Dustin Hoffman's better roles.....a film about a family, the troubles and the untimely split of the parents..... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joshua W
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