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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.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 2226143
- Director : Robert Benton
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : August 28, 2001
- Actors : Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry, Howard Duff
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Thai
- Producers : Stanley R. Jaffe, Stanley Jaffe
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00005MEOU
- Number of discs : 1
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A lesson I've learned watching David Lynch movies is that things are so much better when they are juxtaposed to something else. If you want a funny scene you can make a joke. If you want a really funny scene make the same joke sandwiched between two dramatic scenes. The big laugh of "Kramer VS Kramer" got a harder laugh out of me than "1941" could have ever dreamed of. Spielberg said what he loves about "1941" is what critics disliked: that it was busy and loud - sensory overload. I would suggest that the critics were right and it's too bad Spielberg didn't learn a lesson from that. "Kramer vs. Kramer" makes you invest in a relationship between a father and a son and when a comedic moment happens it is not just hilarious it's a relief. Although far from a comedy this movie had me in the palm of its hand, they could make me laugh any time they wanted.
Mark of a story teller that respects their audience's intelligence: The father, Ted Kramer, is advised to make a list of pros and cons to decide if it's worth it to spend more money than he has to fight for custody of his child. The scene shows nothing but cons and the pros list was blank. If this had been a Hallmark Christmas special one can only image the corny words that would have appeared in the pros list. As it was it was indeed blank and it was left to Hofman's acting to make the point. Excellent!
Today so much is made out of connections people make in film school then have few real life experiences. They create caricatures of humans to score political points. This movie could not get funding today, it's way too real, it's about real humans.
I liked the ending. I also wonder what it would have been like to end it not knowing the outcome of the court case. I just don't need conclusive answers to be happy with a story. This is a powerful film and timeless. It has enriched me having seen it. I'm greatful it was made.
Yes, it's plenty sad. But there's also a lot of humor, warmth, and courtroom drama. Powerhouse acting by everybody. Cannot imagine anyone else playing the Meryl Streep role. (Dustin Hoffman and Justin Henry are pretty amazing too.)
Does the film hold up 40 years later? Absolutely, positively. And this Blu-ray edition is just perfect -- colors are just right, crisp and clear video without any "digital" look. Great audio quality, too.
Glad to have added this to my Blu-ray collection. It's a textbook example of how a talented writer/director (in this case, Robert Benton) can craft a compelling film without a giant budget or special effects.
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It does look a little dated now – as one would expect. – the clothes, the décor etc. Today of course a custody battle is hardly news. The film is not long at 105 minutes and the finale in some ways leaves you guessing as to what may eventually transpire – which is always a nice way to leave a film?
Any ‘tug of love’ film is always going to be a bit mushy and full of sentimentality. But whilst it’s certainly present here, it’s not overly done as to bring on the sick bag at regular intervals! Both main protagonists do a fine job, as do the rest of the cast. An 'AA' nomination for the child - Justin Henry, was quite ridiculous - he was good but not outstandingly good.
The film won 5 AA’s, as well turning an $8 million budget into a gross taking of $65 million. I found it a reasonable film to watch considering that the content these days is rather run of the mill and hardly anything out of the ordinary? I’m glad that I’ve covered it but it won’t stay on the memory for too long.