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The Graduate (1967)

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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.



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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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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie's line "Plastics." was voted as the #42 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). 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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One of the best photographed films in history!
6 February 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time in September 1968, after working for just one year as a professional cinematographer. I rapidly saw it five more times, in order to observe technical details of the photography of the film, but every time I completely forgot to look at those details, since I became so absorbed by the film every time. Now, after more than 35 years as a cinematographer and film teacher, I still marvel at Mike Nichols' and Robert Surtees' work every time I see the film. Almost everything you can do with a camera can be seen in this film, and everything is perfectly right for the story. The Graduate is groundbreaking in more areas than the photography. The casting, writing, acting, picture and sound editing are all exceptionally good, and have influenced film-making ever since. I was very happy when I saw that The Graduate reached the 7th position in the American Film Institute's voting of the best American films in history.

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