#9 Kramer vs. Kramer

16 Nov

In Kramer vs. Kramer, we see two of this generations best actors at their finest. Meryl Streep plays Joanna Kramer, a Smith College graduate, who has been a stay at home mom and now decides she wants to venture out of the house and find herself. Being neglected by her husband Ted, played by Dustin Hoffman doesn’t help matters at home. He is shocked at his wife’s decision and is left to raise Billy, their son by himself. With the help of his neighbor and Joanna’s friend, Margaret, played excellently by Jane Alexander. Ted becomes more invested in raising Billy than in his job (which he eventually loses).
About a year and a half after leaving, Joanna returns and decides to claim Billy and a custody battle ensues.

The passion and the emotion in this film is wrenching. Dustin Hoffman is most powerful as he states to the court his reasons of wanting custody of the child. Streep is at her finest portraying a mother that needs and wants her son in her life as well as a career.

Released in 1979, it won five Academy Awards in 1980, Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress.

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Posted by on November 16, 2006 in 70's, Drama, Top 20 Movies of the 70's


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