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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:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Benton's greatest Writing and Directing, his achievement in film winning all the top major Oscars of 1979 See more (161 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 (casting)
 
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)
 
Casting Department
Joy Todd .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Craine .... costumer
Marilyn Putnam .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ray Hubley .... apprentice editor
Bill Pankow .... assistant editor
 
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)
Brooke Kennedy .... location coordinator
Noni Rock .... location coordinator
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor
Pamela Ann Weisberger .... assistant to producer
Henry Wolf .... title designer
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 (1992 re-release) | Argentina:16 (original rating) | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:S | Indonesia:Dewasa | Japan:G (2010) | Netherlands:AL | Norway:12 (1980) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #25723) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
JoBeth Williams's funny nude scene was optically darkened for the film's theatrical run, to avoid an R rating. The un-darkened version frequently appears in some television prints.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Ted throws the wine glass at the wall, Joanna goes from having one hand at her jaw to having both hands.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:
Sonata for Trumpet and Strings: 2. Adagio 3. PrestoSee more »

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How does it end?
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Benton's greatest Writing and Directing, his achievement in film winning all the top major Oscars of 1979, 27 February 2010
Author: Cihan Sean Victorydawn Vercan (CihanVercan) from Ottawa, Canada

Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer is a character based story just like his "Human Stain(2003)" and "The Late Show(1977)". 2 of his 3 Oscar awards are belong to Kramer vs. Kramer, for his success on directing and writing; thus making his film bringing a real life drama with the real life characters so close to us. It's all about ordinary people with our problems. What's different and catchy about Robert Benton's film-making was here we are not trying to put ourselves in the actors' shoes, the actors are trying to put themselves in our shoes.

The story is about the Kramer family which is broken, father and mother are separated, and they have to fight for their son's custody in court against each other. After his wife walks out on him, Ted Kramer's life completely turns upside down. He has to take care of his son, Billy; but at the same time he's very busy with his position in an advertising company. Soon, he loses his job; Billy has an accident; his wife wants Billy to live with her. Against all the problems Ted is facing, he always fought with his heart. Ted's a very emotional and sensitive man, but a strong person at the same time.

Ted Kramer character was a new model for Dustin Hoffman. But since the late 1950s' Elia Kazan's pioneer approach of modern drama making on film, with the basic instalment of the leading actor into a conflict, Ted Kramer's strong character raised Dustin Hoffman's acting to become a legend ; just like it did to Marlon Brando, Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson with 1970s'.

Something more about the movie; the linear cut has been 43 minutes longer than the theatrical release. Most of this cut has included Meryl Streep's deleted scenes. Also Meryl Streep has been originally cast in the role of Ted's one night stand, eventually played by second supporting actress Jobeth Williams. Meryl Streep's role as Joanna Kramer has been primarily offered to Kate Jackson; but due to her contract rules with the TV-series Charlie's Angels, she hasn't been able to accept this role. Joanna Kramer character has been designed to be the leading actress and subject to have more scenes, before director Benton making the last decision of the plot's focus point.

Both Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman today have splendid fame on movie career, and Kramer vs. Kramer was an important milestone for both of their careers. Dustin Hoffman's Oscar speech winning the best actor at the 1979 Academy Awards ceremony is one of the best Oscar speeches of all Academy Awards history; like the movie Hoffman's Oscar speech is also available to watch on Youtube.

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