Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer is an American film drama from the year 1979. Staged by Robert Benton film adaptation based on the 1977 novel, Kramer vs.. Kramer by Avery Corman.


The advertising manager Ted Kramer, married and father of a five year-old son, working in a prestigious New York advertising agency and is in his job indisputably one of the best. Especially his boss he has transferred the largest project with the announcement that Ted should be vice president of the agency. His work does not become less, but he goes on in his career and says that his wife is happy with it.

When he comes home at night, his wife Joanna is completely unexpected with her ​​suitcase packed in their apartment. She is in a deep identity crisis and feels overwhelmed with her role as wife and mother. She suffers from the fact that Ted in recent years had little time for them. Although she loves their child Billy intimately, she lets Billy and Ted alone. When leaving she admits Ted that she does not love him anymore. Because she felt like a failure in her mother role, she says it's the best for Billy, if they leave him too.

Ted has to prove his time-consuming career out as a single father now. After initial conflicts with his first somewhat stubborn son both fight together and overcome the difficult situation for both. Ted's father role but at the cost of his career. Soon noted his boss that Ted can not afford more total commitment in advertising agency. Although he is friendly disposed towards Ted, his understanding of Ted's plight has quickly an end.

Shortly after he has been canceled by Ted pressure of impatient investors, Joanna returns to psychotherapy in California back to New York in order to gain custody of the now seven -year-old Billy after the divorce filed. Ted learns from his lawyer that he had no chance of maintaining the custody of no fixed job. Determined to fight for custody, succeeds Ted to get a new job within 24 hours - albeit at the price that the new job means a professional descent.

Joanna and Ted arguing in the family process, " Kramer vs. Kramer " bitterly over custody. Always connected to each other even though both are emotional about the rude methods of their lawyers shocked when Ted and Joanna will be heard from them on the witness stand. Finally, Joanna wins the custody proceedings. Ted is devastated, but begins again. A retrial rejects Ted, since the child would have to be called in this case, according to the lawyer with the stand.

When Joanna reports on the agreed delivery date on the house phone system, asks Ted to come alone down into the lobby. There she tells him tearfully that, although everything about love Billy, but have come to see for themselves that Billy should not be again separated from an important caregiver. Ted takes a load off my mind. He hugs Joanna and suggests she to tell Billy in private self. Something disturbed Joanna runs the elevator up after their Ted replied to her question out, they look dazzling. It follows the credits.


Encyclopedia of the International film: sealing and nuanced staged, but not sufficiently differentiated in the representation of the position of women. A film that can stimulate discussion of the social context.


  • Best Picture
  • Best Director: Robert Benton
  • Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman
  • Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Robert Benton
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actor: Justin Henry
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actress: Jane Alexander
  • Nomination: Camera: Néstor Almendros
  • Nominations: Editor: Gerald B. Greenberg
  • Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Best Actor - Drama: Dustin Hoffman
  • Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep
  • Best Screenplay: Robert Benton
  • Nomination: Best Director: Robert Benton
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actor: Justin Henry
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actress: Jane Alexander
  • Nomination: Best Young Actor: Justin Henry