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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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
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
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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When this came out, it was remarkable for telling the story of divorce from the man's point of view. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Clear Thinker
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.Published on June 12 2014 by Wilma Joustra
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Steven Aldersley
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. Read morePublished on April 5 2013 by Moe Hosny
Dans cette délicieuse comédie, Dustin Hoffman interprète un publicitaire qui se retrouve seul avec son fils lorque sa femme le quitte. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2012 by CINEVORE
A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
friendship, and above all parenthood. Read more
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
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 morePublished on May 24 2004