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Kramer Vs. Kramer (Bilingual)

Dustin Hoffman , Meryl Streep , Robert Benton    DVD
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Winner of five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay, Kramer vs. Kramer remains as powerfully moving today as it was when released in 1979, simply because its drama will remain relevant for couples of any generation. Adapted by director Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, this is perhaps the finest, most evenly balanced film ever made about the failure of marriage and the tumultuous shift of parental roles. It begins when Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) bluntly informs her husband Ted (Dustin Hoffman) that she's leaving him, just as his advertising career is advancing and demanding most of his waking hours. Self-involvement is just one of the film's underlying themes, along with the search for identity that prompts Joanna to leave Ted with their first-grade son (Justin Henry), who now finds himself living with a workaholic parent he barely knows. Juggling his domestic challenge with professional deadlines, Ted is further pressured when his wife files for custody of their son. This legal battle forms the dramatic spine of the film, but its power is derived from Benton's flawlessly observant script and the superlative performances of his entire cast. Because Benton refuses to assign blame and deals fairly with both sides of a devastating dilemma, the film arrives at equal levels of pain, growth, and integrity under emotionally stressful circumstances. That gives virtually every scene the unmistakable ring of truth--a quality of dramatic honestly that makes Kramer vs. Kramer not merely a classic tearjerker, but one of the finest American dramas of its decade. --Jeff Shannon

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dad is a parent too! June 12 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When the mom had to find herself, the dad took on a role he wasn't familiar with. He became involved in his son's life.
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By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
We live in a world in which people watch movies to be thrilled and excited. It's difficult enough to pry someone away from their cell phone, tablet or PC for long enough to watch an entire movie. In order to cater to this trend, Hollywood has largely moved away from emotional dramas like Kramer vs. Kramer, replacing them with CGI-loaded blockbusters. If this movie had been made in 2014, there's an 87 percent chance that Ted would be a shape-shifting vampire with telekinetic powers.

That's a huge shame.

I watch my fair share of action, science fiction, and adventure movies, but most of my favorites are serious dramas. I like being made to feel something other than amazement at the visuals. Kramer vs. Kramer won five Oscars; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Watching the film in 2014, those awards still seem thoroughly deserved.

This is a great story because it's so real and believable. It opens with a scene in which Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) is given a major promotion at work. He's thrilled at his success and eventually makes his way home to deliver the news to wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep). Unfortunately, Joanna is just finishing the task of packing her bags, and announces that she is leaving him. Ted can't believe her poor timing, but it's clear to us that work is his main priority.

The mood changes as the reality of Ted's situation sets in. Most of the events are told from his perspective, so it's easy to empathize with his problems. His boss wants him to be available 24/7, but that's impossible if you are responsible for an 8-year-old child. Ted has relied on Joanna to take care of his son, Billy (Justin Henry), and despite his false optimism, Ted has little idea of what is involved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars American life in the late 70s April 5 2013
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The movie is about a woman (Meryl Streep) who had emotional problems and suddenly leaves her son to her husband Dustin Hoffman to take care of him. The father did his best, but it had an negative impact on his career. Meryl Streep decides later in the film to take back her son, and Hoffman refuses so the matter is taken to court. The legal battle starts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emballante comédie Nov. 7 2012
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Dans cette délicieuse comédie, Dustin Hoffman interprète un publicitaire qui se retrouve seul avec son fils lorque sa femme le quitte.

On assiste alors à la transformation, pas toujours évidente, d'un homme qui devient peu à peu un vrai papa.

Amusant, léger, désopilant.

Scénario plein de fraîcheur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special film, even 30+ years later Jan. 28 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
friendship, and above all parenthood. This is the film where Robert
Benton's complex humanism really comes to full flower.

In a situation that almost demands taking sides ' a sudden divorce
leading to an unprepared father taking over childcare only to be
challenged for custody when the mother returns 18 months later ' Benton
manages to make everyone a complex human being, with strengths and
weaknesses, trying their best to do the right thing in a painful, messy
situation.

Hoffman, who has been brilliant so many times playing characters far
from himself is perhaps the most moving he's ever been playing a
character that director Benton described as really, honestly playing
himself ' perhaps the hardest character of all. Streep takes a woman
who could have easily come off as the villain of the piece, and makes
you understand her actions - - even abandoning her little boy. Jane
Alexander is wonderful and subtle as the slowly developing friend
Hoffman makes as a single father, and young Justin Henry is utterly
real in a way few child actors are as the 7 year old stuck in the
middle. It's also beautifully, if understatedly shot by Nestor
Almendros.

It's flaws are minor. Some of the supporting roles, while played by
terrific character actors, are a bit more one note and characturish
than they need be. And some of the courtroom theatrics feel just a tiny
bit' well, theatrical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special film, even 30+ years later Jan. 28 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
friendship, and above all parenthood. This is the film where Robert
Benton's complex humanism really comes to full flower.

In a situation that almost demands taking sides ' a sudden divorce
leading to an unprepared father taking over childcare only to be
challenged for custody when the mother returns 18 months later ' Benton
manages to make everyone a complex human being, with strengths and
weaknesses, trying their best to do the right thing in a painful, messy
situation.

Hoffman, who has been brilliant so many times playing characters far
from himself is perhaps the most moving he's ever been playing a
character that director Benton described as really, honestly playing
himself ' perhaps the hardest character of all. Streep takes a woman
who could have easily come off as the villain of the piece, and makes
you understand her actions - - even abandoning her little boy. Jane
Alexander is wonderful and subtle as the slowly developing friend
Hoffman makes as a single father, and young Justin Henry is utterly
real in a way few child actors are as the 7 year old stuck in the
middle. It's also beautifully, if understatedly shot by Nestor
Almendros.

It's flaws are minor. Some of the supporting roles, while played by
terrific character actors, are a bit more one note and characturish
than they need be. And some of the courtroom theatrics feel just a tiny
bit' well, theatrical.
Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kramer Vs. Kramer
Excellent movie, very touching and well-acted. This movie deserved all the awards and accolades it received, in my opinion. Still works today.
Published on Sept. 18 2011 by PMoffat
3.0 out of 5 stars Cry More vs. Cry More
MAD MAGAZINE named the movie "Cry More Vs.Cry More" for the parody of the film. KRAMER VS. KRAMER is an effective tearjerker with somewhat of an unrealistic ending. Read more
Published on May 24 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Scenes From A Divorce
Those's who are familiar with the Ingmar Bergman film "Scenes From A Marriage" might get a kick out of my heading for the movie and my think of it as nothing more than a silly pun,... Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Alex Udvary
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star NOT for the movie
Is there any chance the movie studio will get a clue and reduce their list price?! DVDs are cheaper now...wake up already. This DVD has been out going on 3 years now. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful casting, beautiful acting, beautiful movie
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep don't make a single mistake in this movie, and neither does Justin Henry, the kid actor who plays the child torn between two parents. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Peggy Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars HOFFMAN ON THE ROCKS
A harried husband (Dustin Hoffman) finds out what it's like to raise a child as a single parent after his wife (Meryl Streep) just packs up and walks out on their lives. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by Nix Pix
3.0 out of 5 stars kramer vs. kramer
I have this on VHS, so I was really looking forward to getting this title on DVD. It was a let-down! The Video was fair, the audio could have been remastered for 5.1! Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by Dr. Edilberto Gozo Jr.
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