Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, 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.
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>
Kate Jackson was the original choice for Joanna Kramer. She had to decline due to her commitment to Charlie's Angels (1976), although an alternative reason has also been reported. According to the book "The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History", Sherry Lansing of Columbia Pictures "insisted on her (Streep) over Kate Jackson". See more »
During the court scenes, Ted's ex-boss Jim should had taken the stand and explained why he fired Ted as well answering other questions about Ted. See more »
This was one movie that I always wanted to watch but never got around to it. I have just finished it, and the main thing that caught my attention was how neutral and unjudgmental this movie was, because it would have been very easy, and I would say easier, for the director to give us a more biased view of the happenings on the screen. However, I strongly am sided with one of the parents, but the inner dialogues I had with myself during the movie were very interesting to observe.
Overall, nice story, beautifully scripted and superbly acted. A must watch.
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