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The Graduate

A 1967 movie starring Dustin Hoffman.

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A classic film about youth angst and manhood

  • Oct 3, 2009
There's been so much written about this classic movie that I won't bother to write too much more. The movie looks surprisingly fresh for being over 40 years old (especially the blu-ray version). It doesn't look old.

With that said, the movie isn't as funny as I had expected or hoped. Some of it might be Dustin Hoffman's acting - I like him in other movies, but he comes off pretty annoying here. Part of it might be that the movie pushed cultural boundaries and spoke to issues in the 1960s that don't have as much resonance today. Some scenes were just too over the top - like Hoffman's parents forcing him to go scuba-diving in the pool. I just don't get the humor there.

The movie made great use of Simon and Garfunkel songs for the soundtrack! It really becomes part of the film and tells the story. Frankly, it's probably the best part of the movie. It would be nice if more movies weaved pop music in their films.

Bottom line: if you liked The Catcher in the Rye (or stories like it), you'll like The Graduate. If you're like me and hated that book, you won't find the movie that exciting either.

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review by . December 12, 2008
This is one of my all time favorite movies.  I can watch it over and over again and it seems every time I notice something new, some clever camera angle or funny comment I missed before.  The film is both poignant and funny, wrapped around a charming love story.  All of the characters feel real and represent the kaleidoscope of opinions and emotions of the late '60s, and its this contrast that delivers the humorous situations and dialogue so persistent throughout the film.    Oh, …
review by . May 29, 2006
This classic film from director Mike Nichols, his second movie after the great 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf', may have lost its strength in some scenes but other great moments make up for that. The first time we meet Ben, just graduated on a party, every single one wants to speak to him and he is getting really tired of them all. He tries to lose them all and that ends up with having the first encounter with Mrs. Robinson. This leads up to the best known scene with the most memorable line from …
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The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb, who wrote the piece shortly after graduating from Williams College. The screenplay is by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, who makes a cameo appearance as the hotel clerk. The film tells the story of Ben Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman), a recent university graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then falls in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

In 1996, The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It ranked as the seventh greatest film of all time on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies, and placed #18 on the list of highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada, adjusted for inflation.

New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott's Video Review


Dustin Hoffman’s first major film (directed by Mike Nichols) in which he plays Benjamin Braddock who has just graduated from college and is adrift (literally, in his parents’ swimming pool in LA). He is seduced by the devious Mrs. Robinson (wife of his father’s law partner and immortalized by the soundtrack song by Simon and Garfunkel). Mr. Robinson encourages Ben to go out with ...
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Director: Mike Nichols
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 21, 1967
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
Runtime: 105 minutes
Studio: Embassy Pictures Corporation
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