At the end of the very last scene of Kramer vs. Kramer, Meryl Streep believing that the scene had ended, asked Dustin Hoffman if her eye make-up was messed up from crying. The director kept it in the movie.
Dustin Hoffman planned the moment when he throws his wine glass against the wall during the restaurant scene with Meryl Streep. The only person he warned in advance was the cameraman, to make sure that it got in the shot. Streep’s shocked reaction is real, but she stayed in character long enough for the director to yell cut. In the documentary on the DVD, she recalls yelling at Hoffman as soon as the shot was over for scaring her so badly.
Ted Kramer:Come on now, what about Billy? Joanna Kramer:I’m not taking him with me. I’m no good for him. I’m terrible with him. I have no patience. He’s better off without me. Ted Kramer:Joanna, please. Joanna Kramer:And I don’t love you anymore. Ted Kramer:Where are you going? Joanna Kramer: I don’t know.
Billy has a home with me. I’ve made it the best I could. It’s not perfect. I’m not a perfect parent. Sometimes I don’t have enough patience because I forget that he’s a little kid. But I’m there. We get up in the morning and then we eat breakfast, and he talks to me and then we go to school. And at night, we have dinner together and we talk then and I read to him. And, and we built a life together and we love each other. If you destroy that, it may be irreparable. Joanna, don’t do that, please. Don’t do it twice to him.