Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep play the divorced couple fighting for custody of their child (Justin Henry). This simple, emotionally-charged premise provided one of the biggest earning movies of the year and Oscars for Best Picture and the two stars (plus a nod for Henry, making him the youngest Oscar nominee before Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild). Touching entertainment of the highest order.
A searingly affecting weepie about a tug-of-love situation, this became one of the big money-spinners of its year and walked off with the Academy Award for Best Picture.
There were Oscars too for Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, as the warring parents and for director Robert Benton.
Streep and Hoffman both give heartfelt performances, with the aid of some mordant and perceptive dialogue; but spare a thought for Jane Alexander, who is simply faultless as the woman perhaps waiting in the wings.
Full of scorching scenes, this is riveting, touching entertainment of the highest quality.