The Graduate [Blu-ray] [1967]

  • SKU: 1821009
  • Release Date: 01/25/2011
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (91 out of 93)

    Synopsis


    The Graduate
    "Just one word: plastic." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons' daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben -- but to what? Directing his second feature film after Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nichols matched the story's satire of suffocating middle-class shallowness with an anti-Hollywood style influenced by the then-voguish French New Wave. Using odd angles, jittery editing, and evocative widescreen photography, Nichols welded a hip New Wave style and a generation-gap theme to a fairly traditional screwball comedy script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham from Charles Webb's novel. Adding to the European art film sensibility, the movie offers an unsettling and ambiguous ending with no firm closure. And rather than Robert Redford, Nichols opted for a less glamorous unknown for the pivotal role of Ben, turning Hoffman into a star and opening the door for unconventional leading men throughout the 1970s. With a pop-song score written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel bolstering its contemporary appeal, The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director. Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late '60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic "renaissance" of the early '70s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Dustin Hoffman
      Dustin Hoffman - Benjamin Braddock
    • Anne Bancroft
      Anne Bancroft - Mrs. Robinson
    • Katharine Ross
      Katharine Ross - Elaine Robinson
    • Image coming soon
      William Daniels - Mr. Braddock
    • Elizabeth Wilson
      Elizabeth Wilson - Mrs. Braddock



    Customer rating

    4.8
    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Favorite Movie of all Time

      Posted
      gluchnurse

      This movie has it all-superb acting by Bancroft and Hoffman. Amazing direction by Mike Nichols, sublime soundtrack of Simon and Garfunkel Music. Makes you feel young again, yet oh-so-worldly wise and jaded at the same time. Sadness and euphoria mix when one contemplates 'Mrs. Robinson' and her neuroses with the discovery of obsessive young love amidst the hypocrisy of upper middle class society. A must have for any collectors library!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Graduate

      Posted
      candy
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      I had recently watched and read two articles that claimed The Graduate was the best movie made in the 60s so I thought I'd pick it up and review it. Being 50 years later, I have to say it was very low key and modest by today's standards, but I enjoyed the characters, cars and music.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic film

      Posted
      CKCSWHFFAN
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      I was a kid when the film was released. Seeing it years later I think it is a great film. Course I was too young so I did not see the impact of the film then. Good, not great DVD package here. Old interview with Dustin. Why was there not current interviews with the cast & crew still alive? Package CLAIMED there was a collectible booklet. Where? Would have liked to have read it. Rating for film NOT DVD package

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "The Graduate" Copies the Book.

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      Bubby
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      Unlike many movies based on novels, which are not necessarily faithful, "The Graduate" is an exception. This reviewer read the novel many years ago, and the film version is faithful, including the dialogue between characters. The acting is very good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good, but the 40th anniversary dvd looks better

      Posted
      vadermccandless

      First off: The Graduate is a fantastic film. One of the best films ever about growing up and finding your place in the world. Unfortunatly this dvd doesn't do the film justice because it's non-anamorphic, and the only bonus feature is the theatrical trailer. I'll deffinetly be getting the 40th Anniversary dvd.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      THIS IS THE LANDMARK OF ALL ADULT COMEDIES

      Posted
      Jory

      A film that has been ripped off so many times. Both the shots and story have been duplicated in more movies than I can count. This is a landmark film that broke down the barriers of restriction and gave us one of the greatest films of all time and also one of the greatest movie soundtracks.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie to Own

      Posted
      DianeNativeNYC
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      Great movie to own. A classic for anyone who grew up in the 60's. Dustin Hoffman's breakout role and Anne Bancroft just delicious as Mrs/ Robinson. Great quality Blu-Ray too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      ONE OF MY FAVORITES

      Posted
      Junebride
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      Dustin Hoffman played it well. "Mrs. Robinson" quite a character. I have watched this movie several times throughout the years and wanted to add it to my collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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