in about 100 words or less
US 105m, Colour
Director: Mike Nichols; Cast: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson
Based on the 1963 Charles Webb novel of the same name, The Graduate is a comedic drama which launched Hoffman as a film star in a story about his seduction as a recent college graduate by Mrs. Robinson – an older woman and family friend whose boredom is only surpassed by her ability to chain smoke and drink alcohol. As the inexperienced 20-year-old Benjamin Braddock, Hoffman is delightfully anxious and confused by his lewd affair, at least until he falls in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine. Set to original music by Simon & Garfunkel, The Graduate’s best-selling soundtrack is one of the most iconic in film history and a fitting accompaniment to one of the most memorable films of the 1960s (Klaus Ming June 2011).