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The Graduate (1967)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

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  • Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967)
  • Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)
  • Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)
  • Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967)
  • Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967)
  • Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)

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7 April 2006 | dixxjamm
| I have one word for you : PLASTICS
What a ride....This is a perfect example of what art can generate if one puts soul and wit into it. Firstly, I find human emotions and life issues depicted in a bitter-comic manner to be a charming combination.Love,sex,insecurity,family relationships,shyness,deception are treated with great humor and witty dialog in this movie.Long and elaborated shots,incredible story-telling creativity (like 1-st person camera views,long still frames,distance frames),video-clip like sequences (beautifully sustained by Simon and Garfunkel's heart-warming poetry and sad irony).There is enough creative film work in The Graduate to suffice for 10 movies.The dialog is excellent and the acting pure genius.And, oh...the time frame...the sixties...don't get me started.The 2000's are like an insurance seminar compared to that... No need to praise this movie anymore, it speaks for itself.It is not,however,a movie for the masses.This is no Ben-Hur type of flick,with spectacular imagery and epic storyline.It is an epic of the inner soul.It requires a bit of meditation, it is only entertaining if you get in touch with your inner self and not expect to watch the screen and BE entertained. Despite its comic appearance,I always felt that it touched a sensitive somehow sad chord in me.It's kinda like:"Haha very funny, but I felt those type of emotions and they didn't seem funny then."It's also so easy to laugh at other people's feelings,torments and emotions, but when you realize that you are also part of that old human comedy and drama, your laughing becomes more restrained.More mature.I always connected with this movie, and with Mike Nichols.Too bad they don't make'em like this anymore.We live in an era where people like John Woo and Michael Bay are starting to dictate what we will be watching more and more.What a shame....

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Did You Know?


Director Mike Nichols had only recently come from a stage background, this was only his second film, and he had the cast learn and rehearse all of their lines in advance. "We knew every single word before we started shooting", Dustin Hoffman said in the commentary of the 40th Anniversary Edition DVD. Hoffman adds that Katharine Ross expressed the opinion that they were so well prepared, they could have taken the show on the road.


Pilot: Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin our descent into Los Angeles. The sound you just heard is the landing gear locking into place. Los Angeles weather is clear; temperature is 72. We expect to make our 4 hour and 18 minute flight on schedule...


At the backyard birthday party for Benjamin, his father keeps whispering to him at the kitchen door, and Ben replies, hidden just a few inches away. Yet, in the next moment, when Mr. Braddock opens the door for him, he is 20 feet away, fully encased in a scuba mask and cowl, with the regulator in his mouth, and all sound cut off from the outside world.

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SPOILER: When 'The Graduate' was first released in Portugal, the ending was cut; the movie ended with a helpless Ben behind the glass of the church watching Elaine getting married. The reason why the film suffered such a major cut was that the erstwhile military regime had a solid basis in Catholic doctrine and family values, and the censorship was given orders not to let any bad example pass to the youth. So it was decided that the movie should end with the lesson that nothing ever should oppose the church, the state and the parents.


The Sounds of Silence
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Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
Courtesy of CBS Records


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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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