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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.



(from the novel by), (written for the screen by)
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Bernard (as Jobeth Williams)
Bill Moor ...
Howland Chamberlain ...
Jack Ramage ...
Jess Osuna ...
Ellen Parker ...
Shelby Brammer ...
Ted's Secretary
Carol Nadell ...
Mrs. Kline


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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Release Date:

19 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kramer Versus Kramer  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$106,300,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dustin Hoffman offered the part of Ted's one-night-stand to Joan Lunden, who was a news reporter at the time, after seeing her on WABC Eyewitness News. Lunden turned the part down when she learned that the role required some nudity. See more »


Dustin Hoffman pours raw egg & milk mixture into the pan while making the french toast. Later the pan contents burn. The close-up shows it all as browning. After that close-up Hoffman drops the pan on the floor. The egg and milk mixture flies out, and it is raw again. See more »


[first lines]
Joanna Kramer: I love you, Billy.
Billy Kramer: I love you too, Mommy.
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Referenced in Puddle Cruiser (1996) See more »


The Gordian Knot Untied 3. Rondo Minuet
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Adapted by John Kander
Conducted by Paul Gemignani
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The whole cast was simply brilliant
20 June 1999 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This outstanding film has about the best acting that you'll ever see, and that alone makes this a must-see. The entire cast is excellent, but then again, it had to be in order to keep up with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. It didn't take me long to get hooked on this film, and aside from a courtroom scene that is merely good, this is top-notch entertainment. This is a rare film that actually deserved all the Oscar recognition that it received. See it for yourself and you will definitely not be disappointed.

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