The Graduate

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  • Comedy
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Modish, calculated, but hugely popular film which, with the help of an irrelevant but diverting Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack, proved one of the biggest hits of the '60s. Hoffman, looking for the most part like a startled rabbit, got caught between the rapacious Mrs Robinson and her daughter, and suggested a vulnerability that was sufficiently novel to turn him into as big a movie star as all the he-men like McQueen and Newman. The film itself is very broken-backed, partly because Anne Bancroft's performance as the mother carries so much more weight than Katharine Ross' as the daughter, partly because Nichols couldn't decide whether he was making a social satire or a farce. As a comment on sex in the West Coast stockbroker belt, the film falls a long way short of Clint Eastwood's later Breezy, which makes much more of a lot less promising material.

Release details

Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mike Nichols
Screenwriter: Buck Henry, Calder Willingham
Cast: William Daniels
Murray Hamilton
Katharine Ross
Norman Fell
Anne Bancroft
Elizabeth Wilson
Richard Dreyfuss
Dustin Hoffman
Buck Henry
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