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Country: United States
Run Time: 105 minutes
"Mrs. Robinson, you are trying to seduce me." The unforgettable line immediately evokes the iconic image of a squirming, awkward Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) framed through the slender, nylon-clad leg of Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Benjamin, a recent college graduate, has returned to his parents' Southern California suburban home for the summer with no plans or aspirations. Bored by the claustrophobic existence of his wealthy parents and their friends but unable to envision a way out, Benjamin soon finds himself orchestrating romantic rendezvous with Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner. The affair reinvigorates Benjamin, but he still remains aimless. When his parents and Mr. Robinson force Benjamin to date the Robinsons' daughter Elaine, his future suddenly becomes clear. But Mrs. Robinson will do anything to keep Benjamin away from her daughter. Mike Nichols' THE GRADUATE - along with its equally remarkable soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel-marked a new era of artistically and socially provocative films in Hollywood, earned unprecedented box office success, and, to this day, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and recognized films of all time. – E.J.B.
This film is part of the From The Page To The Projector program.
Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM
Calder Willingham, Buck Henry
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (1966), THE GRADUATE (1967), "Silkwood" (1983), "Postcards From the Edge" (1990), "The Birdcage" (1996), "Angels in America (2003), "Closer" (2004), "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007)
Joseph E. Levine, Lawrence Turman
Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson