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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future. See more »


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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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Anne Bancroft loved Mike Nichols' description of Mrs. Robinson as someone who was angry with herself for giving up who she really was for wealth and security, the moment in the book that really captured his interest. When they shot the scene of Mrs. Robinson and Ben discussing art in the hotel room, Bancroft had forgotten Nichols' initial revelation about the character but managed to capture that anger and regret on subsequent takes. Nichols thought this was very important because he really wanted to drive home the point about the character having bargained away her life. "That seems to me the great American danger we're all in, that we'll bargain away the experience of being alive for the appearance of it." See more »


On Benjamin's driving trips from Berkeley to LA, he goes through a tunnel. This tunnel, north of Santa Barbara, is actually a northbound tunnel. There is no southbound tunnel, contrary to the scenes in the movie. 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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