Video Release: August 28, 2001
Theatrical Release: 1979
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 105 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Advertising exec Ted Kramer and his son Billy are dealt a serious blow when their dutiful wife and mom Joanna abruptly leaves them. Ted, who hardly knows his own child, now has to take over all the parenting and household duties. Things are a bit rough at first, but as Ted's fathering skills develop, the two come to know each other, and form a strong bond. Then Joanna suddenly re-enters their lives... announcing that she wants custody of Billy. Ted loves his son too much to hand him over so easily, prompting a bitter court battle that will affect the lives of all three.
A selfish New York advertising executive is left to take care of his young son when his wife leaves him in this poignant adaptation of Avery Corman's novel. A heart-rending custody battle ensues upon the now-ex-wife's return. Academy Award Nominations: 8. Academy Awards: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director--Robert Benton, Best Actor--Dustin Hoffman, Best (Adapted) Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress--Meryl Streep.
The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80743 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts. JoBeth Williams and Justin Henry made their screen debuts with "Kramer vs. Kramer." A Stanley Jaffe production.