Kramer vs. Kramer

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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, 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.


  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Meryl Streep
  • Jane Alexander
  • Justin Henry
  • Howard Duff
  • George Coe
  • JoBeth Williams
  • Bill Moor
  • Howland Chamberlain
  • Jack Ramage

Did You Know?


  • JoBeth Williams's funny nude scene was optically darkened for the film's theatrical run, to avoid an R rating. The un-darkened version frequently appears in some television prints.
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  • When Billy is waiting for Ted to fetch him after the birthday party, he sits on the chair with his left leg tucked under the right leg. In the next shot, his right leg is tucked under his left leg.
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    • Ted Kramer: Margaret, I just need to know something. Did you put Joanna up to this?
    • Margaret Phelps: No, I did not put Joanna up to this.
    • Ted Kramer: Give her a little pep talk, maybe?
    • Margaret Phelps: Joanna is a very unhappy woman and it took a lot of courage to walk out this door.
    • Ted Kramer: How much courage does it take to walk out on your kid?
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Kramer vs. Kramer is a movie of good performances, and it had to be, because the performances can't rest on conventional melodrama.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

Metacritic review by Ethan Alter
Ethan Alter
TV Guide Magazine

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]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)