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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.
Several comments on the movie: I was stunned to see how well this movie still hold up. Dustin Hoffman is just terrific, and what can you say about Meryl Streep, then just about to break really big after some earlier small successes. She looks just stunningly beautiful in this film. But Justin Henry as the little boy may have stolen the film from the both of them, he brings one of the all-time amazing children's screen debuts. Also revealing to me is how timeless this theme of divorce and custody battle remains to this day, I mean, has it all changed that much in today's society compared to the late 70s? Last but not least, I found myself welling up AGAIN multiple times in the movie, just like I did way back when.
As to the DVD bonus materials, there is first and foremost a fantastic 50 min. documentary called "Finding the Truth: The Making of Kramer vs. Kramer" (shot specifically for the 2001 DVD release). It features interviews with all of the principals involved in the movie, none more so than Dustin Hoffman, who as it turns out had a huge hand in how the screenplay evolved, so much so that writer-director Benton offered Hoffman a co-screenwriting credit (Hoffman: "I foolishly said no, what was I thinking then?", ha!). Even more revealing is the interview with the grown-up Justin Henry, now about 30 years old. I can't say enough about this documentary, it is a MUST SEE for any fan of the movie. The other bonus materials (trailers, etc.) are nice but non-essential.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They don't make them like they use to! I watched this film with my wife a few days ago and we both agreed that this movie is a masterpiece! Read morePublished 27 days ago by C
Awesome movie; I saw it when it was out in theaters, and had to rent it for a college class--still as great today as it was then.Published 29 days ago by Linda
A great and emotional movie that gives us a great idea of family law, custody, and divorce.Published 1 month ago by Anna Scherbitova
Re-watched this movie after reading an article in Vanity Fair. It holds up to time. Good movie about tough subject matter.Published 1 month ago by Maria Morrison-Barr
Excellent film which holds its position as a psychodrama focused on how a career obsessed, insensitive person grows up to a caring, thoughtful, nurturing father.Published 4 months ago by Cap'n Dan