Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Selected by the Actors Branch. Free for Museum Members. Introduction by Bill Kramer, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Selected by the Actors Branch.
Free for Museum Members.

The film version of Avery Corman’s novel about a self-absorbed Manhattanite who has to learn how to be a good father to his young son after his wife leaves him became a surprise box office smash and the winner of five Oscars including Best Picture. Robert Benton (Places in the Heart) won Oscars for his screenplay and directing, leading Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep (as the warring Kramers) to their first Oscars, while Jane Alexander (as a supportive friend) and Justin Henry (making his film debut at age 7 as the couple’s child) received nominations for their naturalistic and moving performances.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Robert Benton. WITH: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry. 1979. 105 min. USA. Color. English. Rated PG. 4k DCP. Restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment. 4K wet-gate scanning of the 35mm Original Picture Negative, plus digital image restoration, at Cineric, Inc., New York. Audio restoration at Deluxe Audio Services, Hollywood from the original 35mm Magnetic Track masters. Color grading, conforming, 4K DCP completed at Motion Picture Imaging in Burbank with colorist Sheri Eisenberg. Restoration supervised by Grover Crisp.


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