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Kramer vs. Kramer -- Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep shine in this contemporary tale of family values and difficult choices. Winner of the 1979 Oscar(r) for Best Picture.
Kramer vs. Kramer -- A just-divorced man must learn to care for his son on his own, and then must fight in court to keep custody of him.

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Director:
Writers:
Avery Corman (from the novel by)
Robert Benton (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
19 December 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There are three sides to this love story!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Great End to a Great Decade of Best Picture Winners. See more (176 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Ted Kramer

Meryl Streep ... Joanna Kramer

Jane Alexander ... Margaret Phelps

Justin Henry ... Billy Kramer

Howard Duff ... John Shaunessy

George Coe ... Jim O'Connor

JoBeth Williams ... Phyllis Bernard (as Jobeth Williams)
Bill Moor ... Gressen
Howland Chamberlain ... Judge Atkins
Jack Ramage ... Spencer
Jess Osuna ... Ackerman

Nicholas Hormann ... Interviewer
Ellen Parker ... Teacher
Shelby Brammer ... Ted's Secretary
Carol Nadell ... Mrs. Kline
Donald Gantry ... Surgeon
Judith Calder ... Receptionist
Peter Lownds ... Norman
Kathleen Keller ... Waitress
Ingeborg Sørensen ... Woman at Christmas Party (as Ingeborg Sorensen)

Iris Klein ... Partygoer (as Iris Alhanti)
Richard Barris ... Partygoer
Evelyn Hope Bunn ... Partygoer
Joann Friedman ... Partygoer
Quentin J. Hruska ... Partygoer

Joe Seneca ... Partygoer
Dan Tyra ... Court Clerk
David Golden ... Grocer
Petra King ... Petie Phelps
Melissa Morell ... Kim Phelps
Frederick W. Hand ... Street Musician
Scott Kuney ... Street Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sean Albertson ... Boy in Hospital (uncredited)
Matteo Cafiso ... Schoolmate; Boy in Park (uncredited)
Llewellyn Lafford ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Conrad Pomerleau ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Benton 
 
Writing credits
Avery Corman (from the novel by)

Robert Benton (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Richard Fischoff .... associate producer (as Richard C. Fischoff)
Stanley R. Jaffe .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros (director of photography) (as Nestor Almendros)
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
 
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
 
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
 
Set Decoration by
Alan Hicks 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist (as Joe Coscia)
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist (as Alan Weisinger)
Craig Lyman .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David Golden .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yudi Bennett .... second assistant director
Ira Halberstadt .... dga trainee
Thomas John Kane .... first assistant director
Lewis Gould .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Merle Eckert .... construction coordinator
Edward Garzero .... scenic artist (as Ed Garzero)
Thomas Saccio .... property master (as Tom Saccio)
Lohr Wilson .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Arthur Bloom .... boom (as Art Bloom)
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound mixer (as Jack Jacobsen)
James Perdue .... recorder (as Jim Perdue)
Sanford Rackow .... supervising sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording supervisor: Trans Audio, Inc.
Katherine Wenning .... dubbing editor
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
Joseph F. Coffey .... associate director of photography (as Joe Coffey)
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy (as Jerry De Blau)
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant cameraman (as William Gerardo)
Vinnie Gerardo .... first assistant cameraman
Kenneth Goss .... key grip (as Ken Goss)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Frank Schulz .... gaffer (as Frank Schultz)
Robert M. Volpe .... dolly grip (as Bob Volpe)
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Craine .... costumer
Marilyn Putnam .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ray Hubley .... apprentice editor
Bill Pankow .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Brooke Kennedy .... location coordinator
Noni Rock .... location coordinator
 
Music Department
Erma E. Levin .... music editor
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tom O'Brien .... teamster captain
 
Other crew
Marion Billings .... publicist
Stanley Bogest .... auditor (as Stan Bogest)
Ann Guerin .... unit publicist
Daniel J. Heffner .... production assistant (as Dan Heffner)
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor
Pamela Ann Weisberger .... assistant to the producer
Henry Wolf .... titles designed by
Dianne E. Collins .... publicist: M/S Billings Publicity Ltd. (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 (1992 re-release) | Argentina:16 (original rating) | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Québec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:S | Hong Kong:I | Indonesia:Dewasa | Italy:T | Japan:G (2010) | Mexico:A | Netherlands:AL | Norway:12 (1980) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC16 (DVD rating) (Netflix) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1990) (1999) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #25723) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #25723) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
From the minute that producer Stanley R. Jaffe and writer-director Robert Benton first read Avery Corman's source novel, the only actor envisioned in the lead was Dustin Hoffman.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The trees are green in scenes which supposedly take place in New York at Halloween and Christmas.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Joanna Kramer:I love you, Billy.
Billy Kramer:I love you too, Mommy.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Gordian Knot Untied 3. Rondo MinuetSee more »

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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Great End to a Great Decade of Best Picture Winners., 15 March 2002
Author: tfrizzell from United States

"Kramer vs. Kramer" is probably the weakest winner of the Best Picture Oscar in the 1970s, but that does not mean that this it is not an excellent film that more than delivers. The film deals with a career man (Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman) who must rear his young son (Justin Henry, the youngest Oscar-nominee ever) after his wife (Oscar-winner Meryl Streep) leaves them with no real explanation. What follows is a heart-touching story about the man who finally learns what it means to be a father and a boy who learns who his father really is. Of course the film becomes heart-rending later as Streep returns after a long absence and wants to take Hoffman to court for custody of their son. "Kramer vs. Kramer" then becomes an intense courtroom drama that has few equals. Robert Benton's Oscar-winning direction and screenplay could have fallen flat several times, but he stays focused throughout and his plan works to near perfection. Of course the aforementioned performances and the performance of Oscar-nominee Jane Alexander are the primary calling cards of the film. Hoffman and Streep are at the top of their careers here and their acts are electric and thunderous from start to finish. All in all, "Kramer vs. Kramer" could have been unintentionally funny or even down-right dull, but the film is so well-made and acted that it succeeds with stunning results. 5 stars out of 5.

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