Graduate-40th Anniversary Collectors Ed

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Nominated for seven Oscars and winner for Best Director, this groundbreaking 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 (Closer). 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 (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 (Katherine Ross). But there's one problem: She's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!

Specifications

Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204821923
UPC 027616075031
UPC 14 00027616075031
Format DVD
Release Date 4/7/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Bancroft,Anne
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Anne Bancroft - Actor
Buck Henry - Screenplay
Calder Willingham - Screenplay
Charles Webb - Based On Novel By
Dustin Hoffman - Actor
Joseph E. Levine - Executive Producer
Katharine Ross - Actor
Lawrence Turman - Producer
Mike Nichols - Director
Richard Sylbert - Production Designer
Robert Surtees - Cinematographer
Sam O'Steen - Editor
William Daniels - Actor
Awards
Winner (1968) Golden Globe, The Graduate, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy,Golden Globe, Anne Bancroft, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy,Golden Globe, Mike Nichols, Best Motion Picture Director,Golden Globe, Katharine Ross, Most Promising Newcomer - Female,Golden Globe, Dustin Hoffman, Most Promising Newcomer - Male,Oscar, Mike Nichols, Best Director
Nominee (1968) Golden Globe, Dustin Hoffman, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy,Golden Globe, Buck Henry, Calder Willingham, Best Screenplay,Oscar, Dustin Hoffman, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Anne Bancroft, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Robert Surtees, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Lawrence Turman, Best Picture,Oscar, Katharine Ross, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Buck Henry, Calder Willingham, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Oscar (1968) Anne Bancroft, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Calder Willingham, Buck Henry, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Dustin Hoffman, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Katharine Ross, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Lawrence Turman, Nominee, Best Picture,Mike Nichols, Winner, Best Director,Robert Surtees, Nominee, Best Cinematography
Golden Globe (1968) Anne Bancroft, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy,Dustin Hoffman, Winner, Most Promising Newcomer - Male,Katharine Ross, Winner, Most Promising Newcomer - Female,Mike Nichols, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director,The Graduate, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
Reviews
ReviewSource Box Office Magazine
Review Described as a "satire on the Los Angelesization of the world," The Graduate is essentially a sex comedy concerned with an incredibly naive college graduate, who receives his sexual matriculation with the wife of his parents' best friend, only to fall in love with the woman's daughter. As Nichols' second directorial chore, the film resembles a series of cinematic Mike Nichols-Elaine May sketches in the earlier part, slowing moving toward a fantastic and heart-rending finale, the likes of which should have audiences jumping with joy, laughter and tears. The Calder Willingham-Buck Henry screenplay has some traces of unpleasantness and a plethora of sharp-edged digs at contemporary society. Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft both survive initial hurdles of miscasting to give bravura performances, and lovely Katharine Ross couldn't be more appealing as the daughter. Robert Surtees' excellent Technicolor-Panavision cinematography is a standout feature. There is also the allure of the soundtrack of Top 40 Simon and Garfunkel songs.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Few films capture a specific moment in time like The Graduate. When it was released in 1967, Mike Nichols's superb comedy of manners hit a nerve with young audiences, who identified with anti-hero Benjamin Braddock's confusion and soul-searching in the tumultuous era of Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, and the sexual revolution...It's also one of the most enduring classics of post-World War II American cinema--a brilliant film that defined a generation and ushered in an era of sexual frankness and social realism in Hollywood filmmaking...Along with Bonnie and Clyde, Medium Cool, Midnight Cowboy, and the little seen Petulia, The Graduate is one of the seminal American films of the late 1960s. At a time when the Hollywood studios considered the ultra-safe interracial romance Guess Who's Coming to Dinner the height of daring, The Graduate tapped into the growing disconnect between the baby boomers and their parents. Against the sonic backdrop of Simon and Garfunkel's classic song score, Benjamin embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that has lost none of its resonance for contemporary viewers...Today, however, it's The Graduate that has achieved legendary status in the annals of American film.
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Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Returning from college somewhere in the unspecified "out East," Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock lands in sunny California and immediately enters a near-catatonic state. At a welcome-back party, his parents and their friends toast his achievements without really understanding them, and he drifts from room to room to avoid a noisy, boozy bunch who try to fill his head with nonsense about plastics and his possible bright future in them. But he doesn't want to be in plastics, even though he doesn't know what he does want. Then someone decides for him: Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson...An unexpected smash in 1967, The Graduate found a receptive audience among Baby Boomers for its depiction of generations divided more by a gulf than a gap. It's grounded in the world of '60s California but not stuck there, which is why it keeps getting rediscovered by subsequent generations as it's dragged out for one anniversary after another. In his breakthrough role, Hoffman captures the way youthful alienation can make one emotion crash into another as excitement becomes depression becomes rage. It's a timeless performance, outdone only by Bancroft, who transforms what could be a wicked-stepmother role by finding untold depths of disappointment. In her twisted way, Bancroft is just as sympathetic as Hoffman...Director Mike Nichols lets the film unfold in unbroken takes of long, awkward exchanges that give way to highly stylized moments and time-compressing montages set to songs by Simon And Garfunkel. The disparate approaches shouldn't work together, but the film thrives on its contradictions. Nichols lets a melancholy haze settle, then lifts it for a finale so rousing that it's almost possible to miss that the hero's as confused and adrift as ever, even though he isn't alone any more.
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Reviewer Keith Phipps
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Graduate," the funniest American comedy of the year, is inspired by the free spirit which the young British directors have brought into their movies. It is funny, not because of sight gags and punch lines and other tired rubbish, but because it has a point of view. That is to say, it is against something. Comedy is naturally subversive, no matter what Doris Day thinks...Most Hollywood comedies have non-movie assumptions built into them. One of the most persistent is that movie characters have to react to funny events in the same way that stage actors do. So we get Jerry Lewis mugging. But in the direct style of new British directors, the audience is the target of the joke, and the funny events do not happen in the movie -- they are the movie...This is outrageous material, but it works in "The Graduate" because it is handled in a straightforward manner. Dustin Hoffman is so painfully awkward and ethical that we are forced to admit we would act pretty much as he does, even in his most extreme moments. Anne Bancroft, in a tricky role, is magnificently sexy, shrewish, and self-possessed enough to make the seduction convincing...Miss Ross, a newcomer previously seen in "Games," not only creates a character with depth and honesty, but is so attractive that now we know how Ann-Margret would have looked if she had turned out better...Nichols stays on top of his material. He never pauses to make sure we're getting the point. He never explains for the slow-witted. He never apologizes. His only flaw, I believe, is the introduction of limp, wordy Simon and Garfunkel songs and arty camera work to suggest the passage of time between major scenes. Otherwise, "The Graduate" is a success and Benjamin's acute honesty and embarrassment are so accurately drawn that we hardly know whether to laugh or to look inside ourselves.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Bancroft,Anne
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
A.D. Murphy, Variety ...a delightful, satirical comedy-drama about a young man's seduction by an older woman...
Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Chronicle ...a classic with eternal, undated appeal.
Ethan Alter, TV Guide ...a flawlessly acted and produced film.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide A landmark American comedy.
The New York Times Funny, outrageous and touching!
Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide ...as relevant and as entertaining as it was in 1967. It's a classic you won't want to miss.
Tim Knight, Reel.com Few films capture a specific moment in time like The Graduate...one of the seminal American films of the late 1960s.

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