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"Just one word: plastic." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons' daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben -- but to what? Directing his second feature film after Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nichols matched the story's satire of suffocating middle-class shallowness with an anti-Hollywood style influenced by the then-voguish French New Wave. Using odd angles, jittery editing, and evocative widescreen photography, Nichols welded a hip New Wave style and a generation-gap theme to a fairly traditional screwball comedy script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham from Charles Webb's novel. Adding to the European art film sensibility, the movie offers an unsettling and ambiguous ending with no firm closure. And rather than Robert Redford, Nichols opted for a less glamorous unknown for the pivotal role of Ben, turning Hoffman into a star and opening the door for unconventional leading men throughout the 1970s. With a pop-song score written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel bolstering its contemporary appeal, The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director. Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late '60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic "renaissance" of the early '70s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Buck Henry Best Screenplay 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Buck Henry Best Adapted Screenplay 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Buck Henry Best Screenplay 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dustin Hoffman New Star of the Year - Male 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dustin Hoffman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dustin Hoffman Best Actor 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dustin Hoffman Most Promising Newcomer 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mike Nichols Best Director 1967 Winner
Directors Guild of America Mike Nichols Best Director 1967 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mike Nichols Best Director 1967 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Mike Nichols Best Director 1967 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mike Nichols Best Director 1968 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mike Nichols Best Picture 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Surtees Best Cinematography 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Katharine Ross New Star of the Year - Female 1967 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Katharine Ross Best Supporting Actress 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anne Bancroft Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1967 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne Bancroft Best Actress 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Calder Willingham Best Screenplay 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Calder Willingham Best Adapted Screenplay 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Calder Willingham Best Screenplay 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lawrence Turman Best Picture 1967 Nominee

Cast

Dustin Hoffman
as Benjamin Braddock
Anne Bancroft
as Mrs. Robinson
Katharine Ross
as Elaine Robinson
William Daniels
as Mr. Braddock
Elizabeth Wilson
as Mrs. Braddock
Murray Hamilton
as Mr. Robinson
Brian Avery
as Carl Smith
Norman Fell
as Mr. McLeeiry
Walter Brooke
as Mr. Maguire
Alice Ghostley
as Mrs. Singleman
Buck Henry
as Hotel Clerk
Richard Dreyfuss
as Hotel resident (uncredited)
Eddra Gale
as Woman on Bus
Jonathan Hole
as Mr. DeWitt
Mike Farrell
John Neilson

Crew

Mike Nichols
Director
Lawrence Turman
Producer
Calder Willingham
Screenwriter
Buck Henry
Screenwriter
Robert Surtees
Cinematographer
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Simon
Songwriter
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
George R. Nelson
Set Designer
Patricia Zipprodt
Costume Designer
Lynn Stalmaster
Casting
Milt Hamerman
Casting
Harold Michelson
Storyboard
George Justin
Production Supervisor
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