Kramer vs. Kramer Special

Teruko Okabe 1980/09/23



The year was 1979, and the “Kramer vs. Kramer” had just hit theaters. Directed by Robert Benton, this movie would go on to win five Academy Awards and become a classic in American cinema.

The story follows Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman), a workaholic advertising executive who is so focused on his career that he doesn’t pay much attention to his wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) or their six-year-old son Billy (Justin Henry). That all changes one day when Joanna announces that she is leaving Ted to pursue her own life.

Suddenly, Ted is thrust into the role of single fatherhood. He struggles at first but eventually becomes devoted to raising Billy and even starts to enjoy spending time with him. However, just as he’s getting the hang of it, Joanna returns and demands custody of Billy.

Ted fights back, hiring a lawyer and taking Joanna to court. The ensuing legal battle is painful for both parents as they each try to prove that they are the better caregiver for Billy. Along the way, we see how their marriage fell apart and how both parents have made mistakes.

Despite the heart-wrenching scenes in court, there are also moments of tenderness between Ted and Billy that show how much they love each other. For example, there’s a scene where Ted teaches Billy how to make French toast ? something he had never done before ? and they bond over their shared love for it.

In the end, the judge rules in favor of Ted and grants him custody of Billy. While this victory is bittersweet because it means that Joanna will no longer be part of their lives on a daily basis, it also shows how far Ted has come as a father.

The final scene shows Ted and Billy walking hand-in-hand through New York City as they start their new life together. It’s a powerful moment that captures the essence of the movie: family, love, and redemption.

“Kramer vs. Kramer” is a timeless story that still resonates with audiences today. It’s a reminder that even when life throws us curveballs, we can find a way to overcome them with love and determination.




Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Justin Henry. The movie is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Avery Corman.

The plot revolves around Ted Kramer (Hoffman), a workaholic advertising executive, and his wife Joanna (Streep), who leaves him to pursue her own goals in life. Ted is left to raise their son Billy (Henry) on his own, which proves to be a daunting task as he struggles to balance his demanding job with his new role as a single father.

The film explores themes of parenthood, divorce, and gender roles in a sensitive and thought-provoking way. Hoffman delivers one of the best performances of his career as Ted, portraying him as a flawed but sympathetic character who undergoes a powerful transformation over the course of the film. Streep’s performance as Joanna is equally impressive, capturing the emotional turmoil of a woman torn between her desire for personal fulfillment and her responsibilities as a mother.

Perhaps most remarkable about Kramer vs. Kramer is its nuanced portrayal of gender roles and parenting. The film challenges traditional notions of motherhood and fatherhood, depicting Ted’s struggles with childcare as both realistic and relatable. The scenes in which he learns how to take care of Billy are heartwarming and humorous all at once.

In addition to its strong performances, Kramer vs. Kramer boasts excellent cinematography and editing that capture the mood and emotions of each scene perfectly. The music score composed by French composer Paul Misraki adds depth to the characters’ feelings.

Overall, Kramer vs. Kramer is an emotionally powerful movie that still resonates today with its poignant exploration of family dynamics amidst social change. It deservedly won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director for Benton, Best Actor for Hoffman, Best Supporting Actress for Streep, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is a timeless classic that will continue to move and inspire audiences for generations to come.



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As a child, I was moved by the movie “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan” where Japanese professional baseball players and American actors performed in front of a large audience. This made me fall in love with the movie. This blog is my review of the movie that I actually saw. Please use it as a reference when renting movies.

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For a long time, in between housework,
I would go to the movie theater to watch films and then write reviews of the movies in a diary which I stored away in a closet.
When I showed these reviews to Azesan, he suggested turning them into a website.
I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I may be nearing the end of my life, but if reading my reviews can move the hearts of younger people,
I think that would be wonderful.
It may even become a catalyst for various realizations and changes in their lives moving forward.

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