• Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Kramer vs. Kramer

Release Date: 1979

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2001

PG |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

On the same day Manhattan advertising executive Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) lands the biggest account of his career, he learns that his wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep), is leaving him and their young son, Billy (Justin Henry). Forced to raise his son alone, Ted loses his job but gains a stronger relationship with the child with the help of another single parent, Margaret (Jane Alexander). When Joanna returns to claim custody of Billy, the ensuing court battle takes a toll on everyone concerned.

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander, Howard Duff, George Coe, JoBeth Williams, Howland Chamberlain

Director: Robert Benton

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Quest, Son, Emotional, Father, Friend, Transformation, Mother, Office, New York City, Judge, Heartwarming, Intense, 1970s, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Ethan AlterTV Guide Magazine

    Kramer vs. Kramer is, essentially, a television movie that was raised into the feature category by the excellence of the execution. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Kramer vs. Kramer is a movie of good performances, and it had to be, because the performances can't rest on conventional melodrama. show more

  • 100
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Kramer vs. Kramer is one of the most sensitive and least judgmental film about relationships ever made in the United States.... One of the important films. [15 Dec 1979]

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Nominated Cinematography
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
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