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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 (138 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, Subtitled, Color, Dubbed
  • 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)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • 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 (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MEOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kramer vs. Kramer" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander. When his wife suddenly leaves him, a father struggles to maintain a stable home life for his young son in this moving contemporary story. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Actor for Hoffman. 1979/color/105 min/PG/widescreen.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Divorce In The 70's January 6, 2003
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
"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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching portrait of father and son January 7, 2006
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffman at best. July 11, 2001
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Little victory. August 27, 2001
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1970's reconsideration of *The Champ* that is somehow more dated than that Thirties movie. Yes, I said dated: this movie hardly resonates today as much as might be supposed. Meryl Streep's housewife, searching for Personal Space and Inner Growth, belongs firmly to the early period of women's lib. Today, many mothers work: young women, watching this movie, might not understand what the fuss is all about. "Why doesn't she just get a job, if she's so bored?" they might ask. "Why quit on the marriage?" Granted, Dustin Hoffman's Kramer has insufferably chauvinistic assumptions early on in the movie, but as seen today, even that seems quaint, from another era. The whole of *Kramer vs. Kramer* is probably not equal to the sum of its parts, but those parts are pretty remarkable on their own, in particular the scene where Dustin Hoffman attempts to make breakfast for his son. (Although I think most kids would love French toast prepared in a coffee mug.) The charting of a father's growing acquaintanceship and engagement with his son has probably never been better demonstrated.
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1.0 out of 5 stars YUCK.
There were no "difficult" choices here. The relentlessly selfish adults had no difficulty making choices that were catastrophically self serving. Read more
Published 16 days ago by deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was made in 70's but was not at all dorky watching it now-
I absolutely LOVE this movie, also enjoyed the documentary that was added. Such a well made movie and the acting is outstanding
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3.0 out of 5 stars A No-Win Situation
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Published 1 month ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing movie Meryl Streep and D Hoffman are so natural The little kid is so cute! Different times the 70's!
Published 2 months ago by sejal parikh
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Treasure
Excellent acting, emotional story line which has stood the test of time. Watching all of the Academy Award winning movies with my teenage daughter who loved this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I had this on DVD but on Blu-ray it is exceptional. A great performance by all involved especially Dustin Hoffman.
Published 3 months ago by R. Ortega
5.0 out of 5 stars Developing Ted Kramer
Not only was it a great film and the quality of the DVD was perfect as was the price, but I learned a lot about the Ted Kramer Character that has helped me greatly in developing my... Read more
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