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Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer | SPLIT DECISION Father Hoffman and son Henry await a painful verdict
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SPLIT DECISION Father Hoffman and son Henry await a painful verdict

Why ''Kramer vs. Kramer'' is a top tearjerker

It defined ''yuppie angst'' before the term was even invented. After wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) abandons her family to ''find herself'' (give her a break -- it was 1979), Manhattan adman Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) raises their young son (Justin Henry). The emotional struggle that occurs when Joanna decides she wants her boy back packs a more potent punch since the subtle performances avoid the obvious hero/villain stereotypes.

KLEENEX MOMENT At the custody hearing, Ted pleads with his ex-wife not to take their son: ''We built a life together.... If you destroy that, it may be irreparable. Joanna, don't do that, please.'' Snff.

Originally posted Nov 20, 2003
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