Ted Kramer, 'Kramer vs. Kramer'
Dustin Hoffman plays Ted Kramer in this ground-breaking film. Ted
Kramer is not even sure what class his child is in discovers what it
means to be a father after his wife (Meryl Streep) leaves them. And
then he discovers how much it matters to him when she returns and he
has to fight for custody. Highlights of his Oscar-winning performance
are the three different breakfast scenes at the beginning, middle, and
end of the story. In the first one, a harried Ted has no idea of how to
care for or communicate with his son. In the second, they sit in
companionable silence, their routines a comfortable reminder of the
familiarity of their life together. And in the third, when it seems
they may be separated by the custody ruling, the connection between
them is heartbreakingly tender.