The Graduate

Release Date: July 14th, 1997

DVD Release Date: December 22nd, 1998

PG |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from, her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Brian Avery, Walter Brooke

Director: Mike Nichols

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Lawrence Turman Inc., Embassy Pictures Corporation

Keywords: 1960s , Growing up , Hotel , Witty , Love , Amusing , Temptation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle

    Hoffman and Bancroft are phenomenally cast in a script co-written by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham that is by turns sly, touching, and amazingly fresh 30 years later. [Review of re-release] show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The funniest American comedy of the year. show more

  • 50
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    The Graduate is not subtle in its writing off of the parental generation as hopelessly corrupt. [Review of re-release]

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Awards

Winner Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Actress
Winner Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actor
Winner Directing