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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)
Contact:
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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:
An Intelligent and Solid Film About Divorce See more (165 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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Language:
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:
Dustin Hoffman planned the moment when he throws his wine glass against the wall during the restaurant scene with Meryl Streep. The only person he warned in advance was the cameraman, to make sure that it got in the shot. Streep's shocked reaction is real, but she stayed in character long enough for the director to yell cut. In the documentary on the DVD, she recalls yelling at Hoffman as soon as the shot was over for scaring her so badly.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Mr. Kramer's lawyer tells him that, if he wishes to appeal the decision granting custody to his ex-wife, his son would have to take the stand. On an appeal, no new evidence is called, and therefore the son would not be called as a witness.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Joanna Kramer:I love you, Billy.
Billy Kramer:I love you too, Mommy.
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Soundtrack:
The Gordian Knot Untied 3. Rondo MinuetSee more »

FAQ

How does it end?
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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
An Intelligent and Solid Film About Divorce, 9 November 2007
Author: evanston_dad from United States

After a decade of turbulent unrest, American movies began to switch gears and turn their cameras away from war-torn battlefields, political corruption, and general social unease to the more intimate world of family dysfunction. The toll the selfish Baby Boomers began to take on the American family as they grew up and had kids of their own was making itself felt.

"Kramer vs. Kramer" is one of the first of these dysfunctional family dramas that would continue to be so popular throughout the 1980s, and it's one of the best. It gets a rather bum rap now, because it's known as the film that beat "Apocalypse Now" for the 1979 Best Picture Academy Award, but comparing these two films is like comparing a banana to a marinated chicken breast: they're not remotely the same, but can't we enjoy them both? Director/writer Robert Benton doesn't try to do anything fancy with his movie; its strength lies in its performances, those of Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep particularly, playing a divorced couple fighting childishly and selfishly over their son. The courtroom scene in which they duke it out for custody, and in which each is forced to hurt the other in terrible ways, is devastating, and feels authentic. The movie doesn't present Hoffman's solid dad as a hero, or Streep's straying mom as a villain. They're neither good or bad as people -- they're simply bad at being married.

The film is tear-jerky at the finale, but not in a manipulative way. It earns its right to elicit sobs.

Grade: A

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