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The Graduate (1967)

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).

2 comments on “The Graduate (1967)

  1. joem18b
    06/29/2011

    Hi, Klaus. Were you revisiting The Graduate? How do you pick the movies that you watch, and the order that you watch them in.

    As you probably know, Hoffman was 30 when he made the movie (or almost 30?) and Bancroft was, what, 37? 39? Hoffman played young very well, though.

    • Klaus
      06/30/2011

      Surprisingly, this was my first ever viewing of The Graduate. I’m not sure how I never got around to watching this before now.

      As for how I pick the movies and their order – besides the 1001 film list – that’s a great question, and one I think I’ll answer in my next non-film review post. Thanks for the idea!

      And yeah, crazy how young Hoffman was able to play the character. I hadn’t realized that Bancroft was so young.

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