Kramer vs. Kramer script
Synopsis: On the same day Manhattan advertising executive Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) lands the biggest account of his career, he learns that his wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep), is leaving him and their young son, Billy (Justin Henry). Forced to raise his son alone, Ted loses his job but gains a stronger relationship with the child with the help of another single parent, Margaret (Jane Alexander). When Joanna returns to claim custody of Billy, the ensuing court battle takes a toll on everyone concerned.

CUT TO:

6INT. BATHROOM, KRAMER APT. - EVENING

Joanna stands at the medicine cabinet, going through

it, packing things in a travel kit: rollers,

deodorant, makeup, birth control pills. She starts

to take a small bottle of perfume that has only an

eighth of an inch of fluid left inside, hesitates,

then puts it back.

CUT TO:

7INT. O'CONNOR'S OFFICE - EVENING

Now some time has passed, most of the crowd has gone

and only the regulars are left.

TED:

(in the middle of

a story)

So anyway Jim and I are making

the pitch, right? And all of

a sudden this old guy starts to

cough and I keep on going and

he keeps on coughing and I

keep on going and he keeps on

coughing and--

Murray Fisher leans over, shakes Ted's hand.

MURRAY:

(interrupting)

Congratulations, Ted. That was

a hell of a job.

TED:

(surprised)

Where you goin' Murray, it's

early?

MURRAY:

Got to get home.

TED:

(glancing at his

watch)

Oh, Christ, I'm late...I gotta

get out of here.

(however, instead

of going, he

settles back and

resumes his story)

So anyway, I look over and this

old geezer is starting to turn

blue and I swear to God the only

thing I can think about is that

this poor sonofabitch is gonna

die on me and screw up the pitch.

CUT TO:

8INT. KITCHEN, KRAMER APT. - EVENING

INSERT:
A long and meticulous list that Joanna is making

out of the phone numbers and addresses of doctors and

hospitals, of what the various medicines are for, and

of the foods that Billy is and isn't permitted to eat.

WIDER ANGLE--as Joanna puts the finishing touches on

the list and carefully arranges it on top of the kitchen

counter next to a box of unsweetened, whole grain cereal

and a jar of honey.

Note:
It is this same set of notes that Ted will later

unthinkingly throw away.

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Robert Benton

Robert Douglas Benton is an American screenwriter and film director. He won the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer and won a third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart. more…

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