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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The funniest American comedy of the year. show more

  • 100
    Clayton DillardSlant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A brutally funny look at contemporary youth, encrusted with status symbols and guilt for gilt rejecting the weights of privilege to rail against the tides of society they would rather reject than succumb to, rather question than attend to. Both tuned and attuned to its subject and on target for most of its course, this second film from director Nichols will benefit from enthusiastic word of mouth, winning a large audience and corresponding profits from both sides of the 30 year demarcation line. show more

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Awards

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