The Graduate

The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman
Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
, Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
, Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
Mike Nichols

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Overview

"Just one word: plastic." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons' daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben -- but to what? Directing his second feature film after Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nichols matched the story's satire of suffocating middle-class shallowness with an anti-Hollywood style influenced by the then-voguish French New Wave. Using odd angles, jittery editing, and evocative widescreen photography, Nichols welded a hip New Wave style and a generation-gap theme to a fairly traditional screwball comedy script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham from Charles Webb's novel. Adding to the European art film sensibility, the movie offers an unsettling and ambiguous ending with no firm closure. And rather than Robert Redford, Nichols opted for a less glamorous unknown for the pivotal role of Ben, turning Hoffman into a star and opening the door for unconventional leading men throughout the 1970s. With a pop-song score written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel bolstering its contemporary appeal, The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director. Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late '60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic "renaissance" of the early '70s.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2005
UPC: 0027616921925
Original Release: 1967
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 9,444

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Benjamin Braddock
Anne Bancroft Mrs. Robinson
Katharine Ross Elaine Robinson
William Daniels Mr. Braddock
Elizabeth Wilson Mrs. Braddock
Murray Hamilton Mr. Robinson
Brian Avery Carl Smith
Walter Brooke Mr. Maguire
Norman Fell Mr. McLeeiry
Alice Ghostley Mrs. Singleman
Elisabeth Fraser Second Lady
Marion Lorne Miss DeWitt
Buck Henry Hotel Clerk
Mike Farrell Actor
Jonathan Hole Mr. DeWitt
Richard Dreyfuss Hotel resident (uncredited)
Eddra Gale Woman on Bus
Harry Holcombe Minister
John Neilson Actor

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Milt Hamerman Casting
Buck Henry Screenwriter
Harry Maret Makeup
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Sam O'Steen Editor
Paul Simon Songwriter
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Lawrence Turman Producer
Calder Willingham Screenwriter
Patricia Zipprodt Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [2:57]
2. One Word: "Plastics" [1:19]
3. Strange Seduction [4:30]
4. Nightcap/Wild Oats [2:24]
5. Taking a Dive [5:23]
6. "Here for an Affair" [4:01]
7. Fear & Lust [:15]
8. The Sound of Silence [3:31]
9. "Just Drifting" [3:16]
10. "A Taboo Subject" [5:26]
11. Pressuring Parents [4:42]
12. The Date From Hell [2:20]
13. Scarborough Fair [2:30]
14. Half-Baked Plans [2:50]
15. Berkeley "Agitator" [2:14]
16. Multiple Proposals [7:02]
17. Surprise Visit [1:10]
18. Mrs. Robinson [2:17]
19. Unusual Elopement [6:03]

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