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Director:
Writers:
Calder Willingham (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
22 December 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Movie That Became A Legend [Video Australia] See more »
Plot:
Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 20 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"The Graduate" is a Tale of the Sixties. You Had to be There or you Won't Understand. See more (575 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)

Elaine May ... Girl with Note for Benjamin (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 ... Extra (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

David Westberg ... Valet Parker (uncredited)
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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 by
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)
 
Stunts
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)
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)
 
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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:MG6 (re-rating) | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12 | West Germany:16 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Grayson Hall was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the "What are you so scared of" scene towards the beginning, Mrs. Robinson has her shoulders slouching to the left. In the next shot, from the reverse, they are slouching to the right.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.187" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Big Bright Green Pleasure MachineSee more »

FAQ

Is "The Graduate" based on a book?
Did Mrs. Robinson really accuse Ben of raping her?
Why didn't Mrs Robinson allow Ben to date Elaine?
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45 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
"The Graduate" is a Tale of the Sixties. You Had to be There or you Won't Understand., 13 June 2005
Author: writerasfilmcritic from western US

Many of the remarks which are critical of this film are coming from people who are too young to have fully understood the mood of the sixties. Young people today embrace the goals of career advancement and material success as all-important, and in that respect, they are much like the older generation of the sixties. The younger generation of that era are, of course, today's older generation. At the time (though it may be hard to tell now), they rejected the values of their parents and were idealistic and Utopian in their approach to life. The generation gap was the biggest issue of the day (aside from the Vietnam War) and it was a recurrent theme in this film. The shallow, cynical, and corrupt older generation were wonderfully depicted by the boozing Robinsons. They wallowed in bourgeois elitism and hypocrisy, an apt theme the extravagant, big band lounge music that Mrs. Robinson puts on after Ben drives her home from the party. Recall, as well, the seemingly off-the-wall advice given to Ben by a man at the party: "One word, son -- plastics!" Actually, it might have been good advice, considering the way things have developed, but it sure didn't seem so at the time. The older generation were "plastic" (artificial and phony), whereas the younger generation strove to be honest and natural, though obviously, few succeeded at it for long. In any case, you had to have been there to fully appreciate and understand these references, which at the time were anything but subtle.

Even though Mrs. Robinson is undeniably a far more sophisticated and sexy woman than her pretty, naive daughter, Elaine represents the unapologetic and uncompromising idealism of the younger generation. Ben, who more than anything wanted his life to be "different" and grew tired of his purely physical relationship with Elaine's mother, just naturally shifted his romantic attachment to her daughter. The movie's score began to play a more important role as he courted her. I don't necessarily agree with those who claim the second part of the movie wasn't as good as the first. Although Ben indeed may have been kidding himself about just how much he loved and needed Elaine, he nevertheless fervently pursued her, and his love for the girl, whether real or imagined, represented what he considered most important in life. This was a real parting of the ways from the values of the older generation, who appeared to place romantic love fairly low on their list of priorities. In fact, without so many examples of their cynical and oft-nauseating attitudes continually in evidence, the movie changed into something else, just as it did in real life when the relatively innocent younger generation tried to experience life on their own terms (which few of them ever succeeded at doing for very long).

"The Graduate" was thus a classic movie that spoke for an entire generation. It is easy to understand why many members of the younger generation of today would be turned off by this movie. They are like the older generation of yesterday (only more so)-- boozing at an early age, driven by a desire to achieve material success above all else, obsessed with gadgets and other ephemeral distractions, and terrified that they might be perceived as "losers," which not coincidentally is the biggest insult they can apply to one another or to members of the older generation of today. Benjamin Braddock would be, to them, "a loser" who didn't know what was important or what he ought to want. When their own kids reach maturity and begin to seek greater meaning and purpose than the emphasis on money and position that is obviously so important to their parents, watch them reject almost everything Generation X stands for. It will be "The Graduate" all over again.

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