KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979) C widescreen 105m dir: Robert Benton
w/Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry, Howard Duff, George Coe, JoBeth Williams, Bill Moor, Howland Chamberlin, Jack Ramage
Drama about an advertising man who discovers what child-raising means after his wife leaves him. Benton's direction is fluid, and he elicits extraordinary performances from the cast.
From The Movie Guide: "It's the old wash, but so well done that we can overlook Benton's manipulation of our emotions and let our feelings flow. Movies about divorce and the wrenching apart of families have been part of the motion picture scene since the silents. They will always work, however, if the writing is honest and if the acting is sincere."
KRAMER VS. KRAMER won five Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Hoffman), Supporting Actress (Streep), and Adapted Screenplay (Robert Benton, based on the novel by Avery Corman). It was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Henry), Supporting Actress (Alexander), and Editing (Jerry Greenberg).