Robert Benton's moving and well-observed adaptation of Avery Corman's novel about the aftermath of divorce stars Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep as the separating couple, Ted and Joanna Kramer. When dutiful wife and mother Joanna decides to leave Ted, an advertising executive, she also leaves him with the responsibility of caring for their young son, Billy (Justin Henry). The situation proves to be especially difficult since the workaholic father has never really taken care of the boy and, in truth, barely knows him. Things are rough at first, but as the two become accustomed to life without Joanna and Ted's caretaking skills improve, father and son finally develop a relationship. As Ted devotes more time to his son and less to his work, however, the latter suffers, and Ted's subsequent firing coincides with the return of Joanna, who wants her son back.
Despite the titular framing of a custody trial, KRAMER VS. KRAMER steps lightly around the complex issue, essentially concerning itself with the father's discovery of the joys and travails of being a parent. Hoffman and Streep turn in exceptional Academy Award-winning performances, and Benton crafts a memorable exploration of parenthood by wisely focusing on the tiny dramas of everyday life--such as the classic, heartbreaking scene in which Ted, on his first morning as a single father, tries (and miserably fails) to make french toast for his son--to capture the essence of a precious relationship.
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
Paul Sylbert - Art Director/Screenwriter
Meryl Streep - American Actress
Mary Louise Streep - American Actress
Bill Moor - Actor\"Kramer Vs. Kramer"
Jane Alexander - American Actress
Jane Quigley - American Actress
Robert Benton - American director/screenwriter
Stanley R. Jaffe - American Producer
Stanley Jaffe - American Producer
Howard Duff - American Actor
Dustin Hoffman - American actor
Justin Henry - American Actor/"Kramer...
JoBeth Williams - American actress, ON HOPE, POLTERGEIST
Jerry Greenberg - American Editor
Gerald Greenberg - American Editor
Gerald B. Greenberg - American Editor
Henry Purcell - English Composer
Antonio Vivaldi - Italian Composer\D. 1741
George Coe - Actor/"Bestseller"
Nestor Almendros - Director Of Photography/International
John Nestor - Director Of Photography/International
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 105
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 043396048584
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: October 2012
A selfish New York advertising executive is left to take care of his young son when his wife leaves him in this poignant adaptation of Avery Corman's novel.
The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80743 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts. JoBeth Williams and Justin Henry made their screen debuts with "Kramer vs. Kramer." A Stanley Jaffe production.
"...Fine, witty, moving, most intelligent....Hoffman is splendid..." - 12/19/1979 New York Times, p.C23
Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1979" - 12/30/1979 New York Times, p.II:1
"...Dustin Hoffman is perfectly cast..." - 03/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.64