Kramer Vs Kramer

Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) is an advertising executive for whom work definitely comes before his family.  The final straw for his wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) is his appointment to a new and very large account.   At this point, she takes the decision to leave him.

Ted now has to come to terms with his new role as housekeeper and carer for himself and their young son Billy (Justin Henry).  In addition to all of the practical issues, Ted and Billy have to learn to get along with each other.  There is resentment from Ted that he has been forced effectively to give up work; resentment from Billy that Ted is not Joanna.  However, this passes as the two develop a mutual bond of trust and love.

Fifteen months after she departed, Joanna resurfaces and she wants Billy back. Ted has no intention of giving him up though so a court battle ensues, obviously listed as Kramer vs Kramer…

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