Graduate (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

Specifications

Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 214338228
UPC 883904216551
UPC 14 00883904216551
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
1960s
Black Comedy
Classic
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. In the mid-1960s, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends, and associates just days after receiving his degree. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), an older friend of the family, Ben carries on an affair with the married woman even as he falls for her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). However, Ben and Elaine's attempts at romance are threatened by the spiteful rage of Mrs. Robinson, who proceeds to hastily arrange Elaine's marriage to someone else, leading up to one of the most memorable endings in cinema history.^With its striking photography and clever editing, THE GRADUATE established Nichols as a major director. The film also made a star out of young Hoffman, who gives an understated portrayal of the perplexed Ben--the actor's first role in a Hollywood film, which he almost didn't get because he wasn't Waspy enough. Outstanding performances by the rest of the cast are highlighted by Bancroft's sexy, embittered turn as Mrs. Robinson and Ross's endearing presence as the gorgeous yet innocent Elaine. The film's impact on popular culture is immeasurable: "Plastics" will live on eternally as depressing but solid career advice, and older women will never eye younger men without fear of becoming a "Mrs. Robinson." Buck Henry (who appears briefly in the film) cowrote the influential screenplay, based on the novel by Charles Webb, and the soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel remains a movie classic.
Plot Summary
Summary Dustin Hoffman is the college graduate who has an affair with a married woman (Anne Bancroft) but falls in love with her daughter (Katharine Ross).
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I just want to say one word to you...just one word."--Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke) to Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) |"Yes, sir."--Ben|"Are you listening?"--Mr.McGuire|"Yes, sir. I am."--Ben|"Plastics."--Mr. McGuire
Quote "Don't you think that idea is a little half-baked?"--Mr. Braddock (William Daniels) to Ben |"Oh no, Dad, it's completely baked."--Ben
Quote "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me."--Ben to Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)
Reviews
Total Film "...A wonderful comedy of manners..." -- 4 out of 5 Stars 06/01/2000 p.104
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Bancroft] is a great beauty....To watch it today is like opening a time capsule..." 03/28/1997 p.31
USA Today "...[A] mellowed-out great movie..." 11/13/1992 p.3D
Premiere "[T]hanks to the perfectly cast Bancroft, Mrs. Robinson not only became the archetype for the older woman as seductress, but also the source of distraction for many an adolescent male." 04/01/2004 p.64
Uncut "Mike Nichols' classic is as fresh, perceptive and witty as it was in 1967." 08/01/2000 p.124
Entertainment Weekly "The hit ages like wine and should speak just as eloquently to disaffected grads in the 21st century." -- Grade: A- 05/12/2006 p.64
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] breakthrough....Nichols's stylishly constructed film still feels fresh today..." 11/23/2007 p.111
Directors
Mike Nichols
Actors
Anne Bancroft
Katharine Ross
Dustin Hoffman
Cast & Crew
Buck Henry - Star
Richard Dreyfuss - Star
Murray Hamilton - Star
Walter Brooke - Star
Elisabeth Fraser - Star
Anne Bancroft - Star
Alice Ghostley - Star
Elizabeth Wilson - Star
Jonathan Hole - Star
Brian Avery - Star
Lainie Miller - Star
Harry Holcombe - Star
Katharine Ross - Star
Norman Fell - Star
William Daniels - Star
Eddra Gale - Star
Marion Lorne - Star
Dustin Hoffman - Star
Calder Willingham - Screenwriter
George Robert Nelson - Set Designer
Patricia Zipprodt - Costume Designer
Charles Webb - Story
Harry Maret - Makeup
Simon and Garfunkel - Music Performer
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography
Buck Henry - Screenwriter
Lawrence Turman - Producer
Richard Sylbert - Production Designer
Dave Grusin - Composer
Sam O'Steen - Editor
Mike Nichols - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1967
UPC 00883904216551
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 212 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Mike Nichols
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1967
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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