Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy. When he has learned to adjust his life to these new responsibilities, Joanna resurfaces and wants Billy back. Ted, however, refuses to give him up, so they go to court to fight for the custody of their son. Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
Ted is talking to his son after the first hearing to determine custody, and in so doing is speaking as if he grew up in the 1920's. Presumably, given Ted's age and the age when he was his son's (Billy) age, in the 1950's, Ted tells billy they didn't have television, Burger King or McDonalds, or diet soda, which is all false. Diet Rite Soda came out in the 1950's, the first McDonalds was in 1938 and they were prolific by the 1950's, Most affluent families had television in the 1950's and the first Burger King was in 1954. "Mostly we just listened to the radio," Ted tells Billy, which is more akin to living in the 1920's, so Ted's exaggerations are flagrant. See more »
Although credit should have been given to Dr. Seuess for stealing the story-line of "Horton Hatches The Egg", this was a fine film. It touched both the emotions and the intellect. Due especially to the incredible performance of seven year old Justin Henry and a script that was sympathetic to each character (and each one's predicament), the thought provoking elements linger long after the tear jerking ones are over. Overall, superior acting from a solid cast, excellent directing, and a very powerful script. The right touches of humor throughout help keep a "heavy" subject from becoming tedious or difficult to sit through. Lastly, this film stands the test of time and seems in no way dated, decades after it was released.
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