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A 1967 movie starring Dustin Hoffman.

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"Hello Benjamin"......................................

  • May 29, 2006
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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 this film.
The second party is on Ben's birthday. His must show his present which gives us a hilarious scene. Considering the first party he finds his peace at last, although probably not the way he wanted it.

Little things like this make this movie entertaining. The strong acting from both Hoffman and Bancroft also help. Especially the early scenes from Bancroft are terrific. They make us understand why Ben just has to do what he does, also telling us that Ben is not the strongest person in the world. Ross is quite nice too, although her character is pretty forgettable. If Ben would have chosen for Mrs. Robinson instead of the daughter it would probably have been more believable.

The music from Simon & Garfunkel is good, although it does not add something to the film really. Because three well known songs ('Mrs. Robinson', 'The Sound of Silence' and 'Scarborough Fair') play over and over again some people will get tired of it after a while. I liked the songs enough to not have that problem.

Overall I think this is a great film, with only the ending as really implausible, although I must admit I liked it this way. Even if it has flaws, even if it is a little dated at times, it feels fresh and is more entertaining than most films today.

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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, …
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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

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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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