The Graduate (1967)

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: In arguably the most iconic movie of the "Hollywood New Wave" of the 1960's, Dustin Hoffman plays Benjamin Braddock, promising academic and track star, who returns to Los Angeles after graduation. At a party thrown by his parents, he his lured by old family friend Mrs. Robinson into taking her home. He first flees from her advances, but shortly thereafter begins an affair with her. Later on, Ben's unwitting parents goad him into taking the Robinson's daughter, Elaine, on a date. Ben falls in love with Elaine, which transforms Mrs. Robinson into a vindictive adversary.


  • Anne Bancroft
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Katharine Ross
  • William Daniels
  • Murray Hamilton
  • Elizabeth Wilson
  • Buck Henry
  • Brian Avery
  • Walter Brooke
  • Norman Fell

Did You Know?


  • Lee Stanley screen tested for the role of Benjamin and was seriously considered for the part.
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  • When Ben is seen crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge on his way to Berkeley he is driving on the upper of the two decks of the Bridge which only carries traffic westbound from Oakland to San Francisco and thus would be taking him away from Berkeley. The only way to get to Berkeley by way of the Bay Bridge is to drive Eastbound, and all such traffic is carried only on the lower deck of the Bridge.
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    • [Offering Mrs. Robinson a coat hanger]
    • Benjamin: Wood?
    • Mrs. Robinson: What?
    • Benjamin: Wood or wire? They have both.
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Director Mike Nichols exploits rather than interrogates Ben’s anxieties, so that his ennui is reducible to his accomplishments, which keep getting repeated by the adults as badges of vicarious honor. Nichols also plays Ben’s socially awkward tics for laughs, whether Ben’s literally whimpering in Mrs. Robinson’s presence or in a cold sweat as he arranges what appears to be his first sexual encounter.

Metacritic review by Clayton Dillard
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

The funniest American comedy of the year.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times