Kramer vs. Kramer
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Excellent movie, you can well understand both sides of the parental struggle. Excellent acting, moving performance by the child also. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
this 1979 classic aged well, Streep is beautiful and her wardrobe is amazingPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie! I had to watch it for my grad program and it well written and worth the watch.Published 26 days ago by Amanda M Thibodeaux
TOUR DE FORCE PERFORMANCE BY MERYL STREEP AND DUSTIN HOFFMAN..AND THE YOUNG CHILD WHO PLAYED THEIR CHILD IN THE FILM...GO FOR IT! A GEM!!Published 1 month ago by CHRISTINA HIGGINS
These days, we think nothing of what one might call untraditional families, but in 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer was really quite groundbreaking in depiction of an unconventional family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Griswold
Fine Blu-ray of this Academy Award winning film contains all the old extras from the DVD and looks good in HD.Published 1 month ago by Quiet Knight