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The Graduate (1967)

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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

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Mike Nichols

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Calder Willingham (screenplay), Buck Henry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Bancroft ... Mrs. Robinson
Dustin Hoffman ... Ben Braddock
Katharine Ross ... Elaine Robinson
William Daniels ... Mr. Braddock
Murray Hamilton ... Mr. Robinson
Elizabeth Wilson ... Mrs. Braddock
Buck Henry ... Room Clerk
Brian Avery ... Carl Smith
Walter Brooke ... Mr. McGuire
Norman Fell ... Mr. McCleery
Alice Ghostley ... Mrs. Singleman
Marion Lorne ... Miss DeWitte
Eddra Gale ... Woman on Bus
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Storyline

Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his "Homecoming" party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter. Written by Zac Abrams

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This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Graduate See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,948, 17 February 1997

Gross USA:

$104,945,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,982,118
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lawrence Turman See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

As Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson drive and run through the "rain" near the Robinson house, the lawns and shrubbery in the background are lit by bright sunshine. See more »

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[first lines]
Pilot: Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin our descent into Los Angeles. The sound you just heard is the landing gear locking into place. Los Angeles weather is clear; temperature is 72. We expect to make our 4 hour and 18 minute flight on schedule. We have enjoyed having you on board, and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: When 'The Graduate' was first released in Portugal, the ending was cut; the movie ended with a helpless Ben behind the glass of the church watching Elaine getting married. The reason why the film suffered such a major cut was that the erstwhile military regime had a solid basis in Catholic doctrine and family values, and the censorship was given orders not to let any bad example pass to the youth. So it was decided that the movie should end with the lesson that nothing ever should oppose the church, the state and the parents. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Freakazoid!: The Chip: Part 2/Freakazoid Is History (1995) See more »

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Mrs. Robinson
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Unforgettable Movie for People of My Generation
10 February 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After graduating in college, the twenty-year old Benjamin "Ben" Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home and his parents give a party for him. The uptight and clumsy Ben feels uncomfortable and the wife of his father's business partner Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) asks a ride home to him. Soon she seduces the unexperienced Ben and they have a love affair. When Mrs. Robinson's daughter Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross) returns home, Mrs. Robinson makes Ben to promise that will never date her. But soon Ben and Elaine fall in love with each other affecting the Robinson family.

"The Graduate" is an unforgettable movie for people of my generation. The story is dramatic and funny and Anne Bancroft is perfect in the role of the unbalanced Mrs. Robinson. Despite his actual age (30), Dustin Hoffman is hilarious and convinces in the role of an unexperienced young man seduced by the alcoholic wife of his father's partner. And Katharine Ross is extremely beautiful in the role of Elaine. The wonderful soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel fits perfectly to this great movie. The rushed conclusion is silly but adequate for those years, with the couple in a bus without knowing their destination in the bus and in life. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Primeira Noite de um Homem" ("The First Night of a Man")


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