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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

PG | | Drama | 19 December 1979 (USA)
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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

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Jim O'Connor
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Phyllis Bernard (as Jobeth Williams)
Bill Moor ...
Gressen
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Judge Atkins
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Carol Nadell ...
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Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy. When he has learned to adjust his life to these new responsibilities, Joanna resurfaces and wants Billy back. Ted, however, refuses to give him up, so they go to court to fight for the custody of their son. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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There are three sides to this love story!

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19 December 1979 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$106,260,000
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The date that Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) and Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) were married was 4th April 1969. See more »

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Ted gets mad at Billy for eating ice cream instead of dinner, he lifts him from the chair and the ice cream on the spoon in Billy's hand is missing, while a second before Billy was about to have a giant bite. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joanna Kramer: I love you, Billy.
Billy Kramer: I love you too, Mommy.
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Sonata for Trumpet and Strings: 2. Adagio 3. Presto
Henry Purcell
Adapted by John Kander
Conducted by Paul Gemignani
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One of Hoffman's bests
14 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Kramer vs. Kramer is one film to hold on too and not forget. It isn't one of the most popular films ever made and is certainly one of the weakest best picture films, but it does not mean it still isn't important. I thought the movie was well done and made you just want to watch more and more of it. The performances were the best positive for the film and Dustin Hoffman played one of his best roles he's ever done as the lonely workaholic who has to take care of his son, as his wife separates from him. Billy, who is Hoffman's son, played another great performance along with Meryl Streep, playing the depressed mother of Billy. Kramer vs. Kramer is not one of the greatest films and is not a perfect 10, but it succeeds in making the film worth watching and worth caring about it. Certainly, one of Hoffman's best films he's ever done. I highly recommend it.

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