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The Graduate (1967)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 22, 1998
 R2: 26 Mar 2001

Budget USD 3,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA

Studio Avco Embassy Pictures

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• The Graduate

• Il Laureato (1967)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Love, Coming Of Age, Black Comedy, Satire, Infidelity, Cult Classic, Surreal, Suspense, Racy, Love Triangle, Law, Marriage, Melodrama

Tagline: This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future.

Plot: Director Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. In the mid-1960s, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends, and associates just days after receiving his degree. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), an older friend of the family, Ben carries on an affair with the married woman even as he falls for her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). However, Ben and Elaine's attempts at romance are threatened by the spiteful rage of Mrs. Robinson, who proceeds to hastily arrange Elaine's marriage to someone else, leading up to one of the most memorable endings in cinema history.

With its striking photography and clever editing, THE GRADUATE established Nichols as a major director. The film also made a star out of young Hoffman, who gives an understated portrayal of the perplexed Ben--the actor's first role in a Hollywood film, which he almost didn't get because he wasn't Waspy enough. Outstanding performances by the rest of the cast are highlighted by Bancroft's sexy, embittered turn as Mrs. Robinson and Ross's endearing presence as the gorgeous yet innocent Elaine. The film's impact on popular culture is immeasurable:

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