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The Graduate
- Anne Bancroft

Overview - Director Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. In the mid-1960s, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends, and associates just days after receiving his degree.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. In the mid-1960s, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends, and associates just days after receiving his degree. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), an older friend of the family, Ben carries on an affair with the married woman even as he falls for her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). However, Ben and Elaine's attempts at romance are threatened by the spiteful rage of Mrs. Robinson, who proceeds to hastily arrange Elaine's marriage to someone else, leading up to one of the most memorable endings in cinema history. With its striking photography and clever editing, THE GRADUATE established Nichols as a major director. The film also made a star out of young Hoffman, who gives an understated portrayal of the perplexed Ben--the actor's first role in a Hollywood film, which he almost didn't get because he wasn't Waspy enough. Outstanding performances by the rest of the cast are highlighted by Bancroft's sexy, embittered turn as Mrs. Robinson and Ross's endearing presence as the gorgeous yet innocent Elaine. The film's impact on popular culture is immeasurable: "Plastics" will live on eternally as depressing but solid career advice, and older women will never eye younger men without fear of becoming a "Mrs. Robinson." Buck Henry (who appears briefly in the film) cowrote the influential screenplay, based on the novel by Charles Webb, and the soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel remains a movie classic.

Awards:
1967 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner

Cast List

Dave Grusin - Composer, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
David Grusin - Composer, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Sam O'Steen - American Editor/Director, THE GRADUATE (1967)
Buck Henry - Comic, Writer, Actor, Director
Buck Henry Zuckerman - Comic, Writer, Actor, Director
Lawrence Turman
Richard Sylbert - Production designer, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Richard Dreyfuss - American actor, JAWS
Murray Hamilton - American Character Actor
Walter Brooke - Actor
Marion Lorne - American actress
Dustin Hoffman - American actor
Calder Willingham
Brian Avery
Lainie Miller
Charles Webb - Author, "The Graduate" (novel)
Harry Maret
Elisabeth Fraser - American Actress
Elizabeth Fraser - American Actress
Anne Bancroft - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anna Maria Louise Italiano - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anne Marno - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Alice Ghostley - Comedic actress, DESIGNING WOMEN, GREASE, BEWITCHED
Alice Ghostly - Comedic actress, DESIGNING WOMEN, GREASE, BEWITCHED
Elizabeth Wilson - American actress
Jonathan Hole
Simon and Garfunkel - Popular folk band of the 1960s and '70s.
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography and father of Bruce Surtees
Mike Nichols - Director of THE GRADUATE (1967)
Michael Igor Peschkowsky - Director of THE GRADUATE (1967)
George Robert Nelson - Set Decorator
George R. Nelson - Set Decorator
Harry Holcombe
Katharine Ross - American Actress
Norman Fell - American Film and TV Actor, THREE'S COMPANY
William Daniels - Emmy winning actor
Eddra Gale - Actress/Somewhere In Time
Edra Gale - Actress/Somewhere In Time
Patricia Zipprodt

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 106
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616921925
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Coming Of Age
Classic
Love Story
Recommended
Theatrical Release
1960s
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Dustin Hoffman is the college graduate who has an affair with a married woman (Anne Bancroft) but falls in love with her daughter (Katharine Ross).

Notes:
Theatrical Release: December 21, 1967 THE GRADUATE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996. Features bit parts by actors Richard Dreyfuss and Mike Farell, as well as co-screenwriter Buck Henry. The soundtrack for THE GRADUATE includes Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" and "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme." The film is the first Hollywood production to use already established hit songs in the soundtrack. Charles Grodin was originally cast to play the lead in THE GRADUATE.

Reviews:
"...A wonderful comedy of manners..." -- 4 out of 5 Stars - 06/01/2000 Total Film, p.104


"...[Bancroft] is a great beauty....To watch it today is like opening a time capsule..." - 03/28/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.31


"...[A] mellowed-out great movie..." - 11/13/1992 USA Today, p.3D


"[T]hanks to the perfectly cast Bancroft, Mrs. Robinson not only became the archetype for the older woman as seductress, but also the source of distraction for many an adolescent male." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.64


"Mike Nichols' classic is as fresh, perceptive and witty as it was in 1967." - 08/01/2000 Uncut, p.124


"The hit ages like wine and should speak just as eloquently to disaffected grads in the 21st century." -- Grade: A- - 05/12/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.64


5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] breakthrough....Nichols's stylishly constructed film still feels fresh today..." - 11/23/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.111


"The high point of Mike Nichols's landmark comedy is the seduction scene in which Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson brings Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock into the adult world." - 08/01/2013 Wall Street Journal


"THE GRADUATE has always been distinctly acid-tinged. That’s its particular and enduring genius." - 02/20/2016 A.V. Club

 
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