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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Mrs. Robinson
... Ben Braddock
... Elaine Robinson
... Mr. Braddock
... Mr. Robinson
... Mrs. Braddock
... Room Clerk
... Carl Smith
... Mr. McGuire
... Mr. McCleery
... Mrs. Singleman
... Miss DeWitte
... Woman on Bus
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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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This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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22 December 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El graduado  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$873, 18 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,945,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,945,305
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(Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm optical prints)

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2.35 : 1
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The cast was not shown any of the dailies during production. Since Dustin Hoffman had never been in a film before this project, the first time he saw himself on screen, ever, was at an early screening of the finished film in southern California. See more »

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As Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson drive and run through the "rain" near the Robinson house, the lawns and shrubbery in the background are lit by bright sunshine. 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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I have one word for you : PLASTICS
7 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

What a ride....This is a perfect example of what art can generate if one puts soul and wit into it. Firstly, I find human emotions and life issues depicted in a bitter-comic manner to be a charming combination.Love,sex,insecurity,family relationships,shyness,deception are treated with great humor and witty dialog in this movie.Long and elaborated shots,incredible story-telling creativity (like 1-st person camera views,long still frames,distance frames),video-clip like sequences (beautifully sustained by Simon and Garfunkel's heart-warming poetry and sad irony).There is enough creative film work in The Graduate to suffice for 10 movies.The dialog is excellent and the acting pure genius.And, oh...the time frame...the sixties...don't get me started.The 2000's are like an insurance seminar compared to that... No need to praise this movie anymore, it speaks for itself.It is not,however,a movie for the masses.This is no Ben-Hur type of flick,with spectacular imagery and epic storyline.It is an epic of the inner soul.It requires a bit of meditation, it is only entertaining if you get in touch with your inner self and not expect to watch the screen and BE entertained. Despite its comic appearance,I always felt that it touched a sensitive somehow sad chord in me.It's kinda like:"Haha very funny, but I felt those type of emotions and they didn't seem funny then."It's also so easy to laugh at other people's feelings,torments and emotions, but when you realize that you are also part of that old human comedy and drama, your laughing becomes more restrained.More mature.I always connected with this movie, and with Mike Nichols.Too bad they don't make'em like this anymore.We live in an era where people like John Woo and Michael Bay are starting to dictate what we will be watching more and more.What a shame....


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