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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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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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Susan Hayward was the first choice for Mrs. Braddock. See more »


When Ben is in the hotel bar waiting for Mrs. Robinson he takes a sip of his drink and the glass has ice in it, when he sets the glass down and there is a reflection of Mrs. Robinson on the glass table there is no ice in the glass. See more »


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"Hello, Benjamin."
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What a wonderful time capsule. Not being old enough to grasp the entire "Swinging 60's" movement, I can't help but think this was pretty true to form to what was going on back then. Dustin Hoffman is of course great, but Ann Bancroft steals the movie, dominating every scene even when she's not in it. It must have been quite a risk for her to not only play an "older woman," especially in age conscious Hollywood, but also to play so much against "type." The music, the clothes, the houses all harken back to when America was discovering not every one lived like Ozzie and Harriet, and that a stiff martini could certainly loosen ones morals. The sexual energy this movie projects oozes across the screen and makes one feel like a voyeur.

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