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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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Mike Nichols

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Calder Willingham (screenplay), Buck Henry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM | Official Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Graduate See more »

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Box Office

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lawrence Turman See more »
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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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Trivia

Mike Nichols said that the scene of Ben's (Dustin Hoffman's) seduction by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) "was all about him being stalked. We talked about it being a jungle, and it was a jungle. There were all these plants and the Beverly Hills garden behind the glass that surrounded the sun porch. And we talked about her being the tiger in the jungle and she had a tiger-striped dress on and it was all built to be a trap, a tender trap. We wanted to find a way to express the fact that she was being provocative. And there was her leg and it was up and it seemed logical." See more »

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The University of California at Berkeley has no electric bells announcing the beginning or end of classes. See more »

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[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

There are two versions of the first encounter between Ben and Mrs Robinson. When Ben turns around after Mrs Robinson locks the door to her daughter's bedroom to make a proposition to him. In one, Ben says "Jesus Christ," and "Oh, my Christ" as he views Mrs Robinson in the nude. In another version the words Ben says have been dubbed to "Jesus God" and Oh, my God". See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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Rebelliousness and reality...
8 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

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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