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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!

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Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 210930946
UPC 883904143567
UPC 14 00883904143567
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/15/2013
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1/2.35:1
Awards
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 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, 2 Pack, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
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.
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.
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!
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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