A unique collaboration between writer/director Robert Benton, producer Stanley Jaffe and lead actor Dustin Hoffman led to an unusually authentic story of a man suddenly thrust into the primary caretaker role who must learn to care for his five-year-old son. When he is forced into a custody battle with his ex-wife, the viewer is forced to engage with larger questions of gender expectations in parenting. Ted Kramer, a fighter and a winner in the corporate environment, must ultimately move beyond his habitual way of being and give up his custody fight to do what’s best for his son, and thereby prove his worth as a true parent.
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