The Graduate (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
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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!
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Mike Nichols
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Multiple Formats
- Run time : 1 hour and 46 minutes
- Release date : June 2, 2009
- Actors : Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Buck Henry, Murray Hamilton
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : MGM (Video & DVD)
- ASIN : B0024F08EC
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.
One of the themes is laid out right at the start. Benjamin returns home after graduating from college. He sits in bed looking lost when his father comes in. Ben tells his dad he doesn’t know what to do with his future, he just wants it to be different. Ben represents the Baby Boomers who were born after World War II. They had a new level of affluence never seen in the world. They were supposed to go to college and do better than their parents. Many in the 60s generation however were not satisfied with that. They did not want to do what their parents expected of them. The absurdity of the situation is shown when Ben talks to one of his parents’ friends who tells him he should get involved with plastics because they were going to change the world. That sounds ridiculous and it’s meant to be. Things go to another level when another one of his parents’ acquaintances Mrs. Robinson(Anne Bancroft) seduces him. Both were meant to call the times a farce.
Ben is completely lost until he sees Elaine. Finally he finds a kindred spirit. They both feel trapped in the same middle class expectations. He has to have her. It’s the first time he’s made his own decision and he becomes obsessed with her. Of course his affair with Mrs. Robinson complicates everything. This is the rebellious part of the story as Ben is doing what he wants to do rather than what he is supposed to do.
The irony of the entire story is that Ben and Elaine both know what they don’t want to do, but they have no idea about what to do instead.
The Graduate really captured a time and place in American society. Someone who’s not as aware of those issues can still enjoy the film as an eccentric and romantic love story, but there is so much more to it.
Mediocre acting, thin plot-line, and WAY too much Simon and Garfunkle. I really felt the music made the movie worse.
There are some classics that I recommend to my kids, this will not be one of them.
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.
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It has been cut in this version and spoiled it for me.
Only fit for the bin now.