Kramer vs. Kramer ()

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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.

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Ted Kramer
Joanna Kramer
Margaret Phelps
Billy Kramer
John Shaunessy
Jim O'Connor
Phyllis Bernard (as Jobeth Williams)
Bill Moor ...
Judge Atkins
Jack Ramage ...
Ellen Parker ...
Shelby Brammer ...
Ted's Secretary
Carol Nadell ...
Mrs. Kline
Donald Gantry ...
Judith Calder ...
Peter Lownds ...
Kathleen Keller ...
Ingeborg Sørensen ...
Woman at Christmas Party (as Ingeborg Sorensen)
Partygoer (as Iris Alhanti)
Richard Barris ...
Evelyn Hope Bunn ...
Joann Friedman ...
Quentin J. Hruska ...
Dan Tyra ...
Court Clerk
David Golden ...
Petra King ...
Petie Phelps
Melissa Morell ...
Kim Phelps
Frederick W. Hand ...
Street Musician
Scott Kuney ...
Street Musician
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boy in Hospital (uncredited)
Matteo Cafiso ...
Schoolmate; Boy in Park (uncredited)
Llewellyn Lafford ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Museum Attendee (uncredited)
Conrad Pomerleau ...
Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Benton

Written by

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)

Editorial Department

Ray Hubley ... apprentice editor
Bill Pankow ... assistant editor
Richard Garibaldi ... home video mastering colorist (uncredited)

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
Philip Gips ... graphic designer (uncredited)

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)
William S. Scharf ... sound effects editor (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 Prate ... best boy grip-key grip additional filming
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

Location Management

Brooke Kennedy ... location coordinator
Noni Rock ... location coordinator

Music Department

Erma E. Levin ... music editor
Roy B. Yokelson ... music recording engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Renata Stoia ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Tom O'Brien ... teamster captain

Additional Crew

Marion Billings ... publicist
Stanley Bogest ... auditor (as Stan Bogest)
Ann Guerin ... unit publicist
Daniel J. Heffner ... production assistant (as Dan Heffner)
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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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Kramer Versus Kramer (United States)
  • Kramer contre Kramer (France)
  • Kramer gegen Kramer (Germany)
  • Kramer contra Kramer (Spain)
  • Kramer mot Kramer (Finland, Swedish title)
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  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $14,658,467

Did You Know?

Trivia The famous ice cream scene, where Billy challenges his father by skipping dinner and going straight for dessert, was completely improvised by Dustin Hoffman and Justin Henry. Writer and director Robert Benton liked the scene so much that he decided to keep it in the film. See more »
Goofs The trees are green in scenes which supposedly take place in New York at Halloween and Christmas. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Take 2: Love Stories (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Sonata for Trumpet and Strings: 2. Adagio 3. Presto See more »
Quotes Billy Kramer: Daddy?
Ted Kramer: Yeah?
Billy Kramer: I'm sorry.
Ted Kramer: I'm sorry too. I want you to go to sleep because it's really late.
Billy Kramer: Daddy?
Ted Kramer: Now what is it?
Billy Kramer: Are you going away?
Ted Kramer: No. I'm staying here with you. You can't get rid of me that easy.
Billy Kramer: That's why Mommy left, isn't it? Because I was bad?
Ted Kramer: Is that what you think? No. That's not it, Billy. Your mom loves you very much... and the reason she left has nothing to do with you. I don't know if this will make sense, but I'll try to explain it to you. I think the reason why Mommy left... was because for a long time... I kept trying to make her be a certain kind of person. A certain kind of wife that I thought she was supposed to be. And she just wasn't like that. She was... She just wasn't like that. I think that she tried for so long to make me happy... and when she couldn't, she tried to talk to me about it. But I wasn't listening. I was too busy, too wrapped up... just thinking about myself. And I thought that anytime I was happy, she was happy. But I think underneath she was very sad. Mommy stayed here longer than she wanted because she loves you so much. And the reason why Mommy couldn't stay anymore... was because she couldn't stand me. She didn't leave because of you. She left because of me. Go to sleep now because it's really late, okay? Good night. Sleep tight.
Billy Kramer: Don't let the bedbugs bite.
Ted Kramer: See you in the morning light.
Billy Kramer: Daddy?
Ted Kramer: Yeah?
Billy Kramer: I love you.
Ted Kramer: I love you too.
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