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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.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Calder Willingham (screenplay), Buck Henry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

What'll you do after you graduate? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Like the "Please don't tease" sign on the chimpanzee cage, earlier in the film there's a subliminal message on a sign. At the conclusion of the title sequence and during the first rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence," the camera smoothly tracks Benjamin's suitcase along a baggage conveyor. Just before it drops into the carousel, a sign flashes by: "Do They Match?"--a potential question about several couples in the movie and perhaps even Benjamin and his entire world. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: When 'The Graduate' was first released in Portugal, the ending was cut; the movie ended with a helpless Ben behind the glass of the church watching Elaine getting married. The reason why the film suffered such a major cut was that the erstwhile military regime had a solid basis in Catholic doctrine and family values, and the censorship was given orders not to let any bad example pass to the youth. So it was decided that the movie should end with the lesson that nothing ever should oppose the church, the state and the parents. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Says Bye! (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
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"Hello, Benjamin."
7 December 2004 | by BumpyRideSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,948, 17 February 1997

Gross USA:

$104,945,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,015,008
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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