Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

THE GRADUATE

 

Year: 1967
Country: USA
Run Time: 105 minutes

THE GRADUATE

Newcomer Dustin Hoffman plays youthful Benjamin Braddock, a confused and restless product of the affluent California suburbs. Recipient of unwanted career and personal advice ("One word: plastics!") from all corners, Benjamin is seduced by his 'respectable' neighbor, Mrs. Robinson, a woman old enough to be his mother, and in turn falls in love with her already-engaged adult daughter. Why call attention to THE GRADUATE on its 30th anniversary? Perhaps Mike Nichols has put together a 'special edition' that showcases what he couldn't depict in 1967: Norman Fell's furious light-sabre fight with a computer-generated T. Rex, or an early Richard Dreyfuss blowing up the Empire's third Death Star? No, to the contrary, THE GRADUATE was and remains a high water mark in the maturation of American movies, a barbed and sophisticated social satire that defied all formulas to become a popular hit and - temporarily - rescued audiences from escapist fantasies and assembly-line sequels. And then there's that immortal Simon & Garfunkel score, plus the fact that this was a breakout smash for an independent production company, signifying the freedom and vitality that still thrives outside the Hollywood studio system. - Charles Cassady

Screenplay
Calder Willingham, Buck Henry (based on the novel by Charles Black)

Director
Mike Nichols

Producer
Lawrence Turman

Cinematography
Robert Surtees

Editing
Sam O'Steen

Principal Cast
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

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