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Nominated* for seven Academy Awards® and winner for Best Director, this ground breaking and "wildly hilarious" (The Boston Globe) social satire launched the career of two-time Oscar®-winner** Dustin Hoffman and cemented the reputation of acclaimed director Mike Nichols. Pulsating with the rebellious spirit of the '60s and a haunting score sung by Simon and Garfunkel, The Graduate is truly a "landmark film" (Leonard Maltin). Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katharine Ross). But there's one problem: she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!
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This film was shot probably around the same time Dustin Hoffman appeared on that Volkswagon ad so you could tell by his resemblance then yet this film was his breakthrough role and his character's nervous tick in the film was based on how Hoffman's brother acted when letting out a breath trying to remain calm. I had this previously on an expanded VHS copy when Hoffman was interviewed for its silver anniversary edition plus it also featured Katherine Ross' screen test.
This classic won't let you disappointed and you could never be tired of it. Really.
The actual affair part of the movie is so besides the point. These rich, white, well-to-do Californians are entrapped in a living performance -- even poor, naive Ben realizes this when he sees all the signs of Mrs. Robinson's seduction and his entire body literally shakes as he realizes he can't escape it. It's a pretty darn clever movie that uses adultery as a metaphor for post-college angst.
But it is the end of the movie that seals the deal for me. Shots of lips moving but no words -- Elaine screaming to not hear the truth over a pleasant/unpleasant lie -- Simon and Garfunkel providing the soundtrack to life. Even if the film drags or is a tad too predictable here or there, it is consistently interesting to watch and listen to.
Great StudioCanal release of a great film with excellent picture and sound qualities makes this an easy review.
In my experience, most "great" 60's movies don't hold up anymore. This one does!