PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.
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.
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.
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.
$873 (USA) (18 May 2012)