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The Graduate -- Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winner for Best Director, this groundbreaking and "wildly hilarious" (The Boston Globe) social satire launched the career of two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman and cemented the reputation of acclaimed director Mike Nichols. Pulsating with the rebellious spirit of the '60s and a haunting score sung by Simon and Garfunkel, The Graduate is truly a "landmark film" (Leonard Maltin). Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katharine Ross). But there's one problem: she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!
The Graduate -- Trailer for the Oscar-winning film The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross.


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22 December 1967 (USA) See more »
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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anne Bancroft ... Mrs. Robinson

Dustin Hoffman ... Ben Braddock

Katharine Ross ... Elaine Robinson

William Daniels ... Mr. Braddock

Murray Hamilton ... Mr. Robinson

Elizabeth Wilson ... Mrs. Braddock

Buck Henry ... Room Clerk

Brian Avery ... Carl Smith
Walter Brooke ... Mr. McGuire

Norman Fell ... Mr. McCleery

Alice Ghostley ... Mrs. Singleman

Marion Lorne ... Miss DeWitte
Eddra Gale ... Woman on Bus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Church Member (uncredited)
Buddy Douglas ... Bellhop in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Boarding House Resident (uncredited)

Mike Farrell ... Bellhop in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Elisabeth Fraser ... Second Lady (uncredited)
Donald F. Glut ... College Student (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... The Minister (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Mr. Singleman (uncredited)
Robert P. Lieb ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Elaine May ... Girl with Note for Benjamin (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Lainie Miller ... Night Club Stripper (uncredited)

Ben Murphy ... Shaving Student (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Noam Pitlik ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Kevin Tighe ... Showering Student (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

David Westberg ... Valet Parker (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Calder Willingham (screenplay) and
Buck Henry (screenplay)

Charles Webb (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Lawrence Turman .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen (film editor)
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson  (as George Nelson)
Costume Design by
Patricia Zipprodt (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Harry Maret .... makeup artist
Sherry Wilson .... hair dresser
Production Management
George Justin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Kranze .... assistant director
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Marum .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Joel Schiller .... assistant production designer
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack Solomon .... sound
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner .... stunt double (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator
Richard Borland .... grip
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (as George Nogle)
Emillo Calori .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Cowan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom May .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lynn Stalmaster .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Phyllis Garr .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Donald MacDonald .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bob Wyman .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... additional music
Simon & Garfunkel .... songs: sung by (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Paul Simon .... songs by
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
William H. Cannon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
J. David Jones .... pilot: picture helicopter (uncredited)
Jeff Kanew .... trailer (uncredited) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Joyce Lilley .... production secretary (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd .... advisor: final sequence (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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106 min
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Although Calder Willingham and Buck Henry share screen writing credit, Buck Henry wrote the shooting version of the screenplay without assistance, and Henry was not even aware of Willingham's draft. Henry was the fourth screenwriter asked to try to adapt Charles Webb's novel, however, and Willingham filed a challenge with the Writer's Guild for screen credit after the movie was completed. Because Webb's novel consists of large passages of dialogue, and both writers lifted various lines that appeared in each version, Willingham's challenge was successful.See more »
Continuity: When Ben tells his parents he is going to Berkley to see Elaine he is wearing a black collared shirt under a brown jacket. When he is sitting on the fountain at Berkley waiting for Elaine it switches to a white collared shirt, then back to black in the next scene when he is getting a room.See more »
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Pilot:Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin our descent into Los Angeles. The sound you just heard is the landing gear locking into place. Los Angeles weather is clear; temperature is 72. We expect to make our 4 hour and 18 minute flight on schedule. We have enjoyed having you on board, and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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61 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Rebelliousness and reality..., 8 October 2005
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

I'm not sure why evil, decadent Mrs. Robinson sets her sights on dazed and shy college grad Benjamin Braddock, son of the middle-aged couple she and her husband socialize with; it's never really explained, and neither is Benjamin's sexual past (it's hinted that he's a virgin when they end up in a hotel room together). It's also not explained why Mrs. Robinson definitely does not want Benjamin to get to know her daughter (she's angrily adamant about it, even willing to expose her own affair to prevent the two kids from going out for a drive!). Despite the gaps in the narrative and the lapses in logic (and taste, some might say), "The Graduate" is still a landmark film, crystallizing the helplessness of the '60s. Surprisingly, the ultimate theme of the movie is love--an impulsive, rebellious kind of love, but still the rather old-fashioned notion of love conquering all. And yet this brings up another question: is Benjamin really in love with sweet college girl Elaine or is she just a conquest? Or maybe the best thorn he can stick in Mrs. Robinson's side? Benjmain is told he cannot see her, he cannot have her, and that surely fuels his desire to marry her. The film presents love as the answer, but then (with an amusing, sobering final shot) second-guesses itself. "The Graduate" doesn't dig too deeply, it's lightweight (even with Dustin Hoffman's outburst in the church--the only time the movie gets some fury going), but it does take chances; it wasn't ahead of its time, it just came along at the right time and is still a relevant, glossy modern comedy. ***1/2 from ****

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