The Graduate

The Graduate

(1967)

This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future

Mike Nichols' Oscar-winning coming-of-age comedy about a college graduate (Dustin Hoffman) caught in a romantic rut between the love of the woman he adores (Katharine Ross) and the shallow affair he had with her mother, Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). ... More

Having finished college, Ben Braddock returns home to a family that expects great things from him. But after his welcome-home party, he gets caught in an affair with the wife of his father’s business partner, Mrs "you're trying to seduce me" Robinson. However, after the fling passes, Ben is pushed by his father to take Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, out on a date. As their romantic involvement deepens, so do the consequences of Ben’s taboo affair.

Hoffman's deadpan performance, Simon & Garfunkel's soundtrack and the film's cynical malaise have made the film a generation-defining classic. Hide

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    Nichols provides a masterclass in using the widescreen frame to elucidate complex emotional situations with ease and understatement. Full Review

  • To know that the movie once spoke strongly to a generation is to understand how deep the generation gap ran during that extraordinary time in the late 1960s. Full Review

  • Funny, outrageous, and touching, The Graduate is a sophisticated film that puts Mr. Nichols and his associates on a level with any of the best satirists working abroad today. Full Review

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