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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Dustin Hoffman
Meryl Streep
Jane Alexander
Justin Henry.
Directors
Robert Benton.
Screenwriters
Avery Corman
Robert Benton.
Running Time
105 minutes

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Kramer vs. Kramer
Streep vs Hoffman


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Plot
Exhausted and frustrated by her husband's career priorities, Joanna (Streep) ups and leaves him holding the baby. But by the time she's back in the picture and wants custody of her son, Ted (Hoffman) has learnt to fend for himself and little Billy and actually quite likes it.


Review
Ad-exec Dustin Hoffman learns how to be a better father when wife Meryl Streep departs to "find herself", lumbering him with their little brat, whereupon Dustin goes to extreme lengths to be a wonderful, caring kind of dad, sacrificing all for the kid, even though you can't help thinking that someone on his Madison Avenue salary could surely afford a child minder two mornings a week.

Some nice chemistry between the warring spouses though and an upsetting, memorable scene when Billy wants ice-cream for dinner.


Verdict
Hugely popular on its initial release, this looks, in retrospect, like nothing much more than a glossy soap passed off as serious drama


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One of the most emotional movies ever made

A true classic. And you should know that, Empire. That's one of the most disgraceful reviews I've ever read. It's still ridiculous that this won over Apocalypse Now at the oscars, but the performances are flawless, the direction superb, and the editing sublime. Definitely not a 3 star film. So, Empire, I implore you to re-review this classic. ... More

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well, well, well Empire. First Fantasia, then Fight Club, then Late Spring and now Kramer... another classic shunned by your poor reviewing... ... More

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