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The Graduate (1967)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 December 1967 (USA)
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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.



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Walter Brooke ...
Mrs. Singleman
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Woman on Bus


Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his "Homecoming" party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter. Written by Zac Abrams

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 December 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El graduado  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$873 (USA) (18 May 2012)


$104,397,102 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The room clerk (writer Buck Henry) directs Benjamin to the "Singleman party, in the main ball". Upon entering, he is greeted by Mrs. Singleman, played by Alice Ghostley, and her sister, Miss Dewitte, played by Marion Lorne. Alice Ghostly and Marion Lorne both had recurring roles on Bewitched (1964) at that time as Samantha's nanny, Esmeralda, and Samantha's aunt, Aunt Clara, respectively. See more »


During the "plastics" speech, we see a shot of Mr. McGuire and Ben from the middle of the living room. In the next shot, they are by the sliding door. See more »


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A true classic
8 August 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I love this film. I mean I really loved "The Graduate". After all the high reviews, I finally watched it. And may I say it lived up to it's reviews and even higher for me. "The Graduate" is a great film that should be watched by everyone. And Dustin Hoffman is a great performer in the film. I loved the whole seduction scene with him and Mrs. Robbinson. They were both brilliant together. The way Ben reacted to her was very funny. And the marriage scene, how many parodies have I seen? This is a film that should be watched by everyone. I'm not kidding. I would highly recommend it to anyone. One of the best films to come out of the 60's.


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