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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Church Member (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Buddy Douglas ...
Bellhop in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Boarding House Resident (uncredited)
Newlyweds Game Host (uncredited) (voice)
Bellhop in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
College Student (uncredited)
Laurence Haddon ...
Mr. Carlson (uncredited)
The Minister (uncredited)
Mr. Singleman (uncredited)
Robert P. Lieb ...
Mr. Loomis - Party Guest (uncredited)
Girl with Note for Benjamin (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ...
Mrs. Carlson - Party Guest (uncredited)
Night Club Stripper (uncredited)
Shaving Student (uncredited)
Stuart Nisbet ...
Birthday part guest in yellow shirt (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Sam O'Steen ...
Man on Bus (uncredited)
Robert Perry ...
College Student (uncredited)
Noam Pitlik ...
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Clark Ross ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Showering Student (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Valet Parker (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

Mike Nichols

Written by

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

Editorial Department

Bob Wyman ... assistant film editor

Production Design by

Richard Sylbert

Set Decoration by

George R. Nelson ... (as George Nelson)

Costume Design by

Patricia Zipprodt

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)

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)
Joyce Lilley ... production secretary (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd ... advisor: final sequence (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Le lauréat (France)
  • Die Reifeprüfung (Germany)
  • El graduat (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El graduado (Spain)
  • Manndomsprøven (Norway)
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  • 106 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $873, 18 May 2012
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $114,945,305

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Trivia During rehearsals of Dustin Hoffman's and Anne Bancroft's first encounter in the hotel room, Bancroft did not know that Hoffman was going to grab her breast. Hoffman decided to do it because it reminded him of schoolboys trying to nonchalantly grab girls' breasts in the hall by pretending to put their jackets on. When Hoffman did it, Director Mike Nichols began laughing loudly. Hoffman began to laugh as well, so rather than stop the scene, he turned away and walked to the wall. Hoffman banged his head on the wall, trying to stop laughing, and Nichols thought it was so funny, it stayed in the finished film. See more »
Goofs When Ben is seen crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge on his way to Berkeley he is driving on the upper of the two decks of the Bridge which only carries traffic westbound from Oakland to San Francisco and thus would be taking him away from Berkeley. The only way to get to Berkeley by way of the Bay Bridge is to drive Eastbound, and all such traffic is carried only on the lower deck of the Bridge. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Comic Relief (1997). See more »
Soundtracks The Sounds of Silence See more »
Quotes Benjamin: Oh, my God!
Mrs. Robinson: Pardon?
Benjamin: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. Oh no.
Mrs. Robinson: What's wrong?
Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, you didn't... I mean, you didn't expect...
Mrs. Robinson: What?
Benjamin: I mean, you didn't really think I'd do something like THAT.
Mrs. Robinson: Like what?
Benjamin: What do you think?
Mrs. Robinson: Well, I don't know.
Benjamin: For God's sake, Mrs. Robinson. Here we are. You got me into your house. You give me a drink. You... put on music. Now, you start opening up your personal life to me and tell me your husband won't be home for hours.
Mrs. Robinson: So?
Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me!
Mrs. Robinson: [laughs] Huh?
Benjamin: Aren't you?
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