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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.
Genre: Drama
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 23 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Metacritic:
77
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
PG
Year:
1979
105 min
1,435 Views


O'CONNOR

Hey, what's the rush? C'mon,

walk me a couple of blocks.

TED:

Jim, I've got to go. I'm

already late--

O'CONNOR

Listen, Ted...I just want to tell

you, when old man Schmidt retires

next year, I've got a pretty

good feeling they'll kick me

upstairs...

He turns and starts to walk off down the street, Ted,

of course, follows.

O'CONNOR

...and when they do, I just want

you to know I'm takin' you along

with me.

CUT TO:

10 INT. BEDROOM, KRAMER APT. - NIGHT

CLOSE ON JOANNA--as she goes through her jewelry case,

taking some things, leaving others. In the B.G. we

SEE a framed photograph of Billy, smiling, looking

into the camera.

CUT TO:

11 EXT. STREET - NIGHT

ON TED AND O'CONNOR--tracking with them as they walk.

O'CONNOR

(feeling no pain)

Y'know, Ted, I mean what I said

back there. You did a hell of a

job on this and I want you to

know I'm turning the whole

show over to you.

TED:

(thrilled)

Wow!

O'CONNOR

I mean it Ted, you're running

this one.

CUT TO:

12 INT. BEDROOM, KRAMER APT. - NIGHT

WIDE SHOT--The suitcase is now full. Joanna zips it

shut and looks around to make sure that she hasn't

forgotten anything.

Then, she hefts her suitcase and starts out of the room.

CUT TO:

13 INT. FOYER - NIGHT

WIDE SHOT--Joanna carries in the suitcase, sets it by

the front door, then she crosses to the living room and

sits down at the dining table.

CLOSER IN ON HER--She takes out a list made on the back

of an old envelope. As she begins to review it, check-

ing off some items:

O.S. Sound:
A key turning in the lock.

As Joanna looks up,

CUT TO:

HER P.O.V.:
as the door swings open to reveal Ted Kramer,

an enormous grin on his face, a bottle of champagne in

his hand. He is so full of himself that he doesn't

notice there is anything wrong.

Note:
Throughout the entire scene he carries the bottle

of champagne, never putting it down.

TED:

I thought you might just like to

know that at five-fifteen this

afternoon we were officially

handed the Fire and Ice account

by Revlon.

CROSS-CUTTING BETWEEN THEM:

JOANNA:

(she takes a deep

breath, then:
)

Ted, I'm leaving you.

TED:

That represents a gross billing

in excess of two million--

(hearing her)

What?!

Joanna opens her purse, takes out her keys and wallet.

JOANNA:

Here are my keys. I won't be

needing them any more.

Note:
Ted does not for a moment believe that his wife

will really leave him. All he can think of right now

is that he will have to spend the rest of the evening

coping with one of her moods.

TED:

(sardonic)

I'm sorry I'm late, all right?

I'm sorry I didn't call--I was

busy making a living.

CROSS-CUTTING BETWEEN THEM: Joanna doesn't even bother

to look up at him. She opens her purse, takes out her

wallet and begins removing credit cards.

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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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