Rent The Graduate (1967)

3.9 of 5 from 359 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is inexperienced in the ways of the world. On graduating he resolves to redress this imbalance and his rebellious quest challenges the ideals and morals of his parents' generation. In an ironic twist he is seduced by the dazzling Mrs.Robinson, wife of his father's best friend. Their union is electrifying but the affair takes an unexpected turn when, much to Mrs.Robinson's disgust, Ben falls in love with her daughter.
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Directors:
Writers:
Calder Willingham, Buck Henry
Others:
Catherine Deneuve, Sam O'Steen, Robert Surtees
Studio:
Momentum
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:
26/03/2001
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • One on one with Dustin Hoffman
  • The Graduate at 25
  • Photo gallery
  • Trailer
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

Spoiler Alert
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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