Kramer vs Kramer

Kramer vs Kramer

Robert Benton (1979)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This runaway success won the Oscar for best picture and scooped best actor and supporting actress statuettes for Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. It now looks a little overwrought in places, but remains an involving, moving and discerning study of the suffering endured by all embroiled in a divorce. You could cut the tension in the courtroom sequences with a knife, but writer/director Robert Benton deserves greatest credit for the scenes in which Hoffman tries to win over his six-year-old son, Justin Henry. What could so easily have become something false and tacky is handled with truth and restraint.


Ted Kramer takes stock of his life and decides to devote all his time and energy to raising his seven-year-old boy after his wife walks out on them. Things go well for the pair - until she makes an unexpected reappearance and demands sole custody of the child, a move that threatens to tear father and son apart. Oscar-winning drama, starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander, JoBeth Williams and Howard Duff.

Cast & Crew

Ted Kramer Dustin Hoffman
Joanna Kramer Meryl Streep
Margaret Phelps Jane Alexander
Billy Kramer Justin Henry
John Shaunessy Howard Duff
Jim O'Connor George Coe
Phyllis Bernard JoBeth Williams
Gressen Bill Moor
Judge Atkins Howland Chamberlin
Spencer Jack Ramage
Ackerman Jess Osuna
Interviewer Nicholas Hormann
Teacher Ellen Parker
Ted's secretary Shelby Brammer
Director Robert Benton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray