Rent The Graduate (1967)

3.9 of 5 from 379 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
Deep in the suburbs of Pasadena, a bored, confused and alienated twenty-one year old graduate named Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) awkwardly drifts from moment to moment, in constant turmoil over his lack of direction and the uncertain, impending future. Driven by a desire for experience and desperate to avoid the corporate, deluded and mediocre world of his affluent parents, Benjamin succumbs to the advances of an older woman and begins an affair with the persuasive and enigmatic Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) the wife of one of his father's business partners. But what starts as a farcical fling becomes painfully complicated when Ben finds himself falling in love with her daughter.
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Directors:
Producers:
Lawrence Turman
Writers:
Calder Willingham, Buck Henry, Charles Webb
Others:
Catherine Deneuve, Sam O'Steen, Robert Surtees
Studio:
Studio Canal (Optimum)
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards:

1969 BAFTA Best Screen Play

1969 BAFTA Best Direction

1969 BAFTA Best Editing

1969 BAFTA Best Film

1968 Oscar Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
14/08/2017
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh
  • Audio Commentary with Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross
  • Audio Commentary by Professor Thomas Koebner
  • 'The Graduate': Looking Back
  • Students of 'The Graduate'
  • Mike Nichols: An American Master
  • Analysis of Seduction Scene
  • About the Music
  • Screen Tests
  • Meeting with Author Charles Webb
  • Interview with Dustin Hoffman
  • Interview with Producer Lawrence Turman
  • 'The Graduate' at 25
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/09/2010
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'The graduate at 25' featurette
  • 'The graduate - Looking back' featurette
  • Interview of the author - Charles Webb
  • Analysis of the seduction sequence
  • About the music
  • Jump to song "Mrs. Robinson"
  • Jump to song "The sound of silence"
  • Jump to song "April come she will"
  • Jump to song "Scarborough fair / Canticle"
  • Original trailer

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Reviews (3) of The Graduate

Very sixties, Very good. - The Graduate review by Steve Mason

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26/06/2012

Funny and influential landmark comedy still feels fresh and very innovative. And amazing soundtrack of course.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

One of the classics of 1960s cinema - amusing and enjoyable even after 45+ years - The Graduate review by RP

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24/10/2014

I remember seeing 'The Graduate' in the cinema way back in 1968. I enjoyed it, but what I remember most was the introduction it gave me to the music of Simon & Garfunkel.

I've just watched it again after a gap of over 45 years - and I can now appreciate it as one of the classics of 1960s cinema. It tells the tale of new college graduate Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) who returns home for the summer vacation, uncertain of his future.

Up steps an older married woman (Mrs Robinson, played by Anne Bancroft. We never learns Mrs Robinson's first name) who seduces young Ben - leaving him even more uncertain of his future. His unsuspecting parents push Ben into a date with Elaine (Katherine Ross), Mrs Robinson's daughter. Ben falls for her, rousing Mrs Robinson's wrath. Elaine returns to college, Ben pursues her, but Elaine is persuaded by her parents into a hastily arranged marriage with another student. Ben arrives at the church too late to stop the ceremony, but elopes (if that is the right word, since she's already married to another) with Elaine, making good their escape on the rear seat of a bus.

The film is in two clear halves: the first is a comedy of manners, in which an experienced older woman introduces Ben to sex (although given the age of the film, nothing is explicit). The second half of the film is a romance, where Ben (slightly creepily?) stalks Elaine and finally tracks her down.

The film is set in a peaceful, perfect, white, middle class America - a world soon to vanish. None of the troubles soon to come (Vietnam, the civil rights movement etc) are visible. Is it too pretentious to imagine that the final scene is taking the two young people away from their parents' lives towards an uncertain future?

The storyline is somewhat hackneyed, the acting is good (Anne Bancroft is excellent) even though the age of the actors doesn't quite match with the characters, and the film is amusing and enjoyable even after 40 years.

It's an iconic 1960s film so I feel I must give it 5/5 stars - but that does seem a little high...

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Boring! - The Graduate review by HAP

Spoiler Alert
14/12/2008

Past it's sell by date...

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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