The Graduate (1967)

 


 

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Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father\’s business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine. Full summary »

Genre: Comedy,Drama,Romance

The Graduate (1967)
   
Release Date: 22 December 1967 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Mike Nichols
Cast:
  • Anne Bancroft
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Katharine Ross
  • William Daniels
  • Murray Hamilton
  • Elizabeth Wilson
  • Buck Henry
  • Brian Avery
  • Walter Brooke
  • Norman Fell
  • Alice Ghostley
  • Marion Lorne
  • Eddra Gale


33 Responses to The Graduate (1967)

  1. oh9
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    I didn’t believe he was 20 for a minute….he looked every bit of his 30 years. Did anyone else think so or did you buy it?

  2. hnewstadt
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    Every time I watch a film for the Nth time, I see new things. What impressed me this time about The Graduate was how smart the editing and directing was. They allowed many scenes to carry on well past where they would have been cut by other directors/editors. Instead of cutting at a climactic moment, the scenes rolled on into a denouement which often conveyed the vulnerability of the characters. Also, it seems that as I get older, Anne Bancroft gets hotter.

  3. alicia-angel92
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    I personally like the ending. I get sick of these typical Hollywood "happy endings"- because in real life there isn’t always a happy ending. The ending makes you wonder what’s going to happen next…like where are they going to stay? Are they going to last? What’s going to happen to their relationships with their parents? What’s Ben actually going to do with his life? etc. I like movies that leave an open mind for the audience. Does anyone else agree? Or would you have rather seen a happy ending?

    [Marcia and Charlie kiss]

    Charlie:"Marcia I gotta go…something suddenly came up!" ;)

  4. samthemagicman
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    dicuss.

  5. j-curl
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    This is way better than The Dark Knight.

  6. kylewagn
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    I have it in my head that the famed end scene from The Graduate is shown briefly near the end of a recent movie, but I can’t think of which one. I am talking about the scene with Elaine and Ben in the back of the bus when Ben bursts into joy and then looks confused. I only recently saw The Graduate in its entirety, but I feel like that scene was lifted into a recent movie.

    I looked through the movie connections section on IMDB and nothing rang a bell; it’s driving me nuts. Did I just make this up in my head? Or was there actually a recent movie that has this clip? Dear internet, please help me. Thanks.

  7. oh9
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    this movie is cool. i like the style and the music and stuff. what other movies from the late 60s are like this?

  8. dcavalli
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    It took a great, new film, "(500) Days of Summer" to make me see something in the ending of "The Graduate" I never picked up despite having enjoyed it for decades.

    In "(500) Days," the narrator explains Tom’s misunderstanding of the ending of "The Graduate" led him to conclude that he will never be happy until he found "The One." Tom takes Summer to see the film, and she cries at the end. I didn’t understand why she cried. Maybe Summer was just wierd. But a post on the "(500) Days" board notes that the characters’ expressions change when they’re on the bus. They go from happy to maybe neutral or uncertain. I saw a clip of the ending on YouTube and finally noticed the change in their faces.

    So what do you think happens to Ben and Elaine?

    I don’t think Ben’s parents would be supportive of his choice to elope with a married woman, who is the daughter of two of their good friends. Maybe they realize that they have little or no money, nowhere to stay, and unsure of where to go.

    So do they go their separate ways? Would Elaine go back to her husband? Would he take her back after what she did?

    Or do they try to make it work? (Since the marriage was never consumated, Elaine can have it legally annulled.) Charles Webb, the author of the original 1963 novel, just published a sequel, "Home School" to years ago. He has Ben and Elaine married and living in the suburbs during the 1970s.

  9. curlywurly32
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    I’m surprised to see there was only 6 years between Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman when they made this. I assumed he was in his early to mid 20’s and she was nearing 40.

  10. oh9
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    Man, it sure looked like fun.

  11. ChristopherMoltisanti89
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    I’m looking to update from the 1999 edition, but I only want it if it’s anamorphic.

    …You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.

  12. anni_boo
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    my god if a woman was older than 29 40 years ago they looked like old ladies.

    anne bancroft was only 35, not sure what age she was supposed to be in the movie, but if you thought about a 35 year old actress playing the part now, who would you find that would look old enough to actually have a college age daughter?

  13. perhaps1234
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    I just saw this with my girlfriend she was in tears by the end. The movie is great, but what was the overarching theme or message?

  14. smileyfacesteph9182
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    I always thought this movie was made in the 80’s or something. I still picture Dustin Hoffman as a younger guy. The first movie I saw him in was Rain man and didn’t he play the younger brother of Tom Cruise?? Even though Dustin Hoffman was a younger guy in Rain man, he was actually 50. So that’s why I thought this movie was made in the 80’s because I still view Hoffman as a younger guy. Anyways, what’s this movie like?? I’ve never seen it before?? Although there was a scene of it in the 1999 movie "The Other Sister" about a mentally handicapped woman who falls in love with another mentally handicapped man and they watch "The Graduate" in one scene.

  15. rparkercody
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    I don’t know if it was on purpose or just happened but when Elaine first realizes what’s going on and she turns to Ben, it’s all blurry and then gets clear. symbolism for Elaine going from confused to understanding what’s happening.

    I don’t know I just thought that was fantastic if it was done purposely. And if not it, it’s possibly the best unintentional shot ever.

  16. thrillhouse210
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    My best friend and I are on a mission to watch every movie on the IMDB Top 250 list. We’re down to about 180.

    We’re tracking our progress at http://www.250rundown.blogspot.com.

    Never before have I met an on screen character that annoyed me and aggravated me like Dustin Hoffman’s Ben. He’s like Napoleon Dynamite without the comedy. He’s like an early, unfunny version of Michael Cera. And here’s a comment that will gain some groans – I think if they made a remake with Michael Cera, it might actually be watchable. He goes from a lazy, mopey whiner to an unlikable co-dependent, no personality punk to a creepy stalker. The girl isn’t much better. One date (one date that didn’t go well at all) and all of a sudden they’re in love! How very believable.

    By the end of the movie, I was rooting against Ben more than I’ve ever rooted against a character before, although I knew that being an old movie, it would end up with ‘the good guy’ winning.

    I wouldn’t ever watch this movie again. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone. I wish I didn’t waste an hour and a half of my life on it, and I only did so because I had to because of this IMDB 250 goal. I have no idea how this movie ‘launched Dustin Hoffman’s career’. I really don’t.

    There are two redeeming qualities of this movie. One, Dustin Hoffman’s Alfa Romero, and Simon & Garfunkel’s soundtrack (although I could have done without hearing the song about spices over and over and over and over and over and over and over and o…)

  17. hollzy
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    Firstly, i think this film is amazing. i wasn’t sure i would at first but i can honestly say it is now one of my favourites. I was reading the disscussion borads below on how revolutionary it was when ‘The Graduate’ was first relased in 1967 and how it refects the values of that time(being 18 i couldn’t tell you(why were all the good films released before my time :/)), but how do u think it is relevant to today’s society?

  18. gobias
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    i’m a big fan of the movie and i’m not trying to slag it but 3/4 of this movie consists around sex between a kid barely out of his teens and a peer’s mother and going about stalking her daughter. add the boob flash, some language, using a cross at a weapon in a church. i’ve seen a couple R’s that are probably tamer than this. what happened there

  19. miguelropu
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    Someone else would like to join the club?

  20. CalvinValjean
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    Seems interesting to award the film for its direction but none of its other features. Normally when a movie wins one of the major Oscars, it wins something else as well. I can’t think of a single other movie to win just Best Director and no other Oscars.

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  21. johnsmith0987654321
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    Seems a little strange doesn’t it?

  22. snowy_658
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    They are sitting on that bus, then they boy have a look of sadness/let down. What is that about? Did they realize what they did was stupid or….what am I missing here?

  23. banshee282001
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    I don’t know if this has ever been suggested before, but did anyone notice the similarities, particularly the hairstyle between Mrs. Robinson and Benjamin’s mother? I noticed this the first time I saw the movie many years ago and it still stands out to me now.

    Am I reading too much in to this or did all "well to do" women in California during the late sixties look like this?

    "Ever since my nervous breakdown I’ve been extremely psychic."—The Ghost Goes West

  24. spliffzhappen
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    I really REALLY hope there isn’t a remake because I can’t stand them…but who do you think would be good as Ben, Elaine and Mrs Robinson?

    I can only think of who I’d cast for Elaine…that’s Elisha Cuthbert, not just that she’s gorgeous but I can just (for some reason) imagine her as Elaine…

    "Psst…it’s me, Death…I’ll see you soon…ok?"-Manny Calavera

  25. makeuplover69
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    was it because he really didn’t want to take her out on a date?

    " Benny, you silly great fat article"

  26. kch110
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    when ben took elaine to the strip joint, the shot of her crying.

  27. Drboboosh2
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    Dude I was watching this movie, and I was like Dustin Hoffman’s dad sounds vaguely familiar. Then I realized it was Feeney! I didn’t realize he was that old, but I guess like all the parents in this movie he was like 28.

    ~Management

  28. artmania90
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    would you consider her a film "villain?" or was she just a woman seeking attention any way she could and couldn’t stand to see her daughter steal "her" man away?

    i think technically speaking, she IS considered a villain – she stands as an obtacle for the protagonist to overcome. while watching the film – i DO hate her a bit!

    but honestly – i kinda feel sorry for her too….

    what do you all think?

  29. tlyel37
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    While watching this movie I noticed a lot of similarities between it and Garden State, most notably the awkward and understated performances of Dustin Hoffman and Zach Braff. Also, The Graduate had a few of those awkward shots in it that Garden State was filled with, such as Dustin Hoffman in the middle of the frame in the scuba shot. I wouldn’t be surprised if Zach Braff was somewhat inspired by this film.



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  30. DBrabes
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    stated publicly that he could not understand how the youth of America could idolize and make a hero out of Benjamin Braddock, "a bumbling, selfish, aimless, little fool". That statement infuriated me at the time. Now, looking back 40 years later, I kind of have to agree that the President was right. What do you think?

    P.S. I still do love the movie, though.

  31. justlev
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    Why didn’t Mrs. Robinson want Ben dating Elaine? Was it because she wanted Ben for herself or that she didn’t think he was good enough for her daughter? If he wasn’t good enough for Elaine, why was he good enough for her?

  32. simmonschmi
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    Seeing that this movie has a rather high rating and stands as a classic, i was intrigued and watched it, and couldn’t understand why that was so. I guess it has a nostalgic flavour to it and i admit that being 20 i can’t fully appreciate that, but as a work of art, i don’t see the value of this movie.

    First of all, a lot of time in this movie is being wasted with uninspired events. At the beginning, several people congratulate Ben with words that can’t be of any importance. Shortly after, Mrs. Robinson has a long sequence of keeping Ben from leaving the house. Everything that happens here is that Ben grows more and more uneasy, the dialogue doesn’t seem to reveal much else. Later on, when Ben is meeting Mrs. Robinson at the hotel for the first time, there are minutes (!) spent showing Ben’s inexperience and uncertainty checking the room. What is the content and meaning of that? For me, every minute of a film should contain something valuable, these moments condemn you to wait.

    Then, the characters are not convincing to me. Ben does follow a development, as expected from a main character, but it seems like you could sum it up in a single paragraph. Elayne only has a function for the other characters, being hollow herself. And what’s even to be said about Mrs. Robinson? She has an unhappy marriage, finds satisfaction in rejuvenating herself with Ben and is afraid of loosing him to her daughter.

    Now, as i said, this might have been an epochal movie of the 60s, have some revolutionary camera work not only for its time (which shouldn’t define a movie in my opinion) and good acting, but i can’t find much of value in this movie for myself.

    What do you think?

  33. justlev
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    Was it Ben’s first time when he had sex with Mrs. Robinson at the hotel? He seemed to get so angry when she remarked that it must be his first time.

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