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Kramer Vs. Kramer (Bilingual)

Dustin Hoffman , Meryl Streep , Robert Benton    DVD
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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.


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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fine acting .... BUT Feb. 14 2002
By William
I had only seen snippets of this movie over the years. I bought it on DVD the other day and the latest version of it includes a 50 min documentary (worth having for that alone). So, I watched the movie, enjoyed the acting, but wondered how it even won a single oscar, let alone five! Ok, this is where it is important to remember that it was made in 1979 where divorce battles were very much highlighted, and women's careers were just starting to take off. The film is also quite short, and I imagine that if it was made today, it would be much longer - particularly the courtroom scenes which are very short in the movie. The title to me indicates a battle between husband and wife, but I found Meryl Streep to be tame and accommodating. I love Dustin Hoffman in any movie, so pleased to own it for that reason - I might add that in parts he reminded me of his role in Tootsie. To finish off, I would have to say that there are some classic scenes in the movie, but I still believe it is a highly over-rated film. People must have been easy to please back in 1979, because this is more of a 'Made-for-TV' movie in my opinion. Only buy it if you see it on sale.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star NOT for the movie Feb. 28 2004
By A Customer
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. It's time to slash and burn the prices.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cry More vs. Cry More May 24 2004
By A Customer
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. The movie is manipulative but somehow manages to be a riveting divorce drama with clearly defined characters to care about. The standout character being young Justin Henry as Billy Kramer. The other issue here is the telling of a single father's trials and tribulations of suddenly taking on the responsibilities of single handedly rearing a child. The film shows the evolution Ted Kramer (Hoffman) with the relationship of his son and the definition of being a father. The film seems to be in two parts. The first being the set up of establishing the relationship of father and son, the second part is when the mother Joanna Kramer(Streep) "finds herself" (remember that catch phrase from the 70's?), has established a career, and decides that she wants her son back. She suddenly appears out of nowhere to get her son back. This is when the movie becomes a cut-throat custody courtroom battle between the Kramer's. Actor Howard Duff is excellent as Ted Kramer's/Hoffman lawyer John Shaunessy. The other standout performance is Jane Alexander as best friend (Margaret Phelps) to both the Kramer's who suddenly finds herself torn between the two sides of the custody battle. Overall, a movie that has captured a moment of time, showing some conventional if not sugarcoated problems of a bitter divorce. The film is notched up a bit because of the casting and oustanding performances of the leads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scenes From A Divorce March 7 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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, but think about it. "Kramer vs Kramer" does for divorce what Bergman's film did for marriage. Okay, I'll stop the jokes.
Robert Benton's "Kramer vs Kramer" is really a well made, powerful, semi-heart tugging movie. Based on a novel written by Avery Corman, Benton (who wrote the film also) takes a clos look at what happens when a couple gets a divorce when children are involved. "Kramer ect" offers us a twist. Here it is the woman (Meryl Streep) who leaves her husband (Hoffman) and now Hoffman has to raise their 6 year old son by himself. Yes, the film goes for some quirky, funny shots in the beginning, and it's done with some realism, we might expect the characters to behave this way, but then the film goes for more heart.
As much as I enjoyed this film, I do think it's odd that this won the Oscar for best picture. 1979 had some strong movies, "Apocalypse Now", "All That Jazz", and although it wasn't nominated for best picture that year, one of my favorites Woody Allen's "Manhattan". But still "Kramer vs Kramer" was nominated for 9 Oscars, and walked away with 5. Also, something I want to point it is the nominated camerawork by Nestor Almendros, who many know for his work with Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer.
Bottom-line: Heartfelt, powerful and sometimes realistic look at what happens during a divorce. Very good performances by Hoffman and Streep (both won Oscars) and strong directing by Benton.
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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. Hoffman plays a workaholic dad who is stunned (when his wife abruptly leaves him) to find himself the single parent of a child he barely knows. The film is beautifully book-ended between two telling events: getting breakfast for himself and his son at the beginning, we watch Hoffman hilariously, angrily, and ineptly screw it up, while by the end father and son have a quiet dance of cooperation and guy-ness all worked out. There are so many similar pivotal moments, such as a playground accident that sends Hoffman, child in arms, racing the streets of NY to the emergency room. Hoffman finds he cannot balance the demands of parenting with the high-pressure demands of his job in the advertising industry - and he chooses parenting. Then, like multitudes of single MOMS before him, he discovers how difficult it is to make ends meet.
Meanwhile, his wife, freed of parenting responsibilities, is on her own trajectory, is 'finding herself,' and becomes financially successful. Also, she watches how husband and son are doing, spying on them from a distance, and we sense her loss and her pain - yet also her pride that Ted (husband/father) is actually coming thru for the kid.
Then comes the custody battle at the end, the wrenching scene in the elevator - and Streep's final comments to the judge. Wow. Kramer vs. Kramer won 5 Academy Awards. Filmed in 1979, it is just as relevant today as it was 25 yrs ago.
People who declare this film is one of the finest movies ever made aren't lying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dad is a parent too!
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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4.0 out of 5 stars American life in the late 70s
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Published 18 months ago by Moe Hosny
5.0 out of 5 stars Emballante comédie
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Published 23 months ago by CINEVORE
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special film, even 30+ years later
A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
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Published on Jan. 28 2012 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special film, even 30+ years later
A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
friendship, and above all parenthood. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2012 by K. Gordon
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
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 9 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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