The Graduate

The Graduate

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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. 

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1967Rating: M106 minsUSA
ComedyDramaRomanceClassic
Director:
Mike Nichols ('Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf', 'Catch-22', 'Carnel Knowledge', 'Closer', 'The Birdcage')
Writer:
Calder WillinghamBuck Henry
Cast:
Dustin HoffmanAnne BancroftKatharine RossWilliam DanielsMurray HamiltonElizabeth Wilson

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The Graduate | Awards

Award Winner
Best Director (Mike Nichols) at the 1967 Academy Awards. Best Film, BAFTA Awards 1967.

The Graduate | Reviews

87%85 reviews

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Time Out

Time Out

Nichols’s near-flawless class satire still feels as sly, modern and bracing as it must have in 1967.

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Total Film

Total Film

The dialogue’s a joy and Nichols furnishes impeccable comic timing. Utterly of its period, yet timeless.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The excellence of Katherine Ross as Mrs Robinson’s daughter, Elaine, is often overlooked.

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The Times

The Times

The cinematography is flat-out fantastic, like David Hockney’s pool paintings made live.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The film (has) a sense of freewheeling freshness, a sheen of visual inventiveness that hasn’t dimmed over the years.

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Salon

Salon

Passively misogynistic and emotionally muddled...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Cruel comedy with a delicious light touch.

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BBC

BBC

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

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The Graduate | Release Details

The Graduate is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV and Academy On Demand and AroVision.