Kramer vs. Kramer
|Kramer vs. Kramer|
Original film poster
|Produced by||Richard Fischoff|
|Screenplay by||Robert Benton|
|Based on||Kramer vs. Kramer|
Erma E. Levin
Roy B. Yokelson
|Box office||$106.3 million|
Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American
The film upon release received critical acclaim with particular praise for the performances of its cast. The film also became a major commercial success grossing $106.3 million against a budget of $8 million, becoming the
Ted Kramer (
Ted befriends his neighbor Margaret (
Fifteen months after she walked out, Joanna returns to New York to claim Billy, and a
The court awards custody to Joanna, a decision mostly based on the assumption that a child is best raised by his mother. Ted discusses appealing the case, but his lawyer warns that Billy himself would have to take the stand in the resulting trial. Ted cannot bear the thought of submitting his child to such an ordeal, and decides not to contest custody.
On the morning that Billy is to move in with Joanna, Ted and Billy make breakfast together, mirroring the meal that Ted tried to cook the first morning after Joanna left. They share a tender hug, knowing that this is their last daily breakfast together. Joanna calls on the intercom, asking Ted to come down to the lobby. She tells Ted how much she loves and wants Billy, but she knows that his true home is with Ted, and therefore will not take custody of him. She asks Ted if she can see Billy, and Ted says that would be fine. As they are about to enter the elevator together, Ted tells Joanna that he will stay downstairs to allow Joanna to see Billy in private. After she enters the elevator, Joanna wipes tears from her face and asks her former husband "How do I look?" As the elevator doors start to close on Joanna, Ted answers, "You look terrific."