My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Kramer Vs. Kramer

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(out of 5)


 decides she can no longer stand the confines of her life and leaves her son () and husband ().  Hoffman’s life is thrown for a loop as he has to resurrect his flagging advertising career and become a full-time parent with very little help except for a kindly neighbour () who was also close with his wife. Soon, however, he catches on to the rhythm of things and discovers a new relationship with his son that he never had before, all of which threatens to be taken away when Streep returns and announces that she is housed and employed and wants Henry to come and live with her. The court case that ensues is the nail-biting conclusion to this satisfying and honest film that never makes a false move and is memorable for some very real performances. Credit director Robert Benton, whose love of collaboration led him to invite screenplay input from the other actors (Streep wrote her own speech in the witness stand, as she felt the original script was too biased against her character’s motivations), and as a result the film intelligently avoids picking sides and feels incredibly honest.


Columbia Pictures Corporation, Stanley Jaffe Production

USA, 1979

Directed by

Screenplay by Robert Benton, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1979

Golden Globe Awards 1979

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