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The Graduate: 40th Anniversary Edition (1967)


Cast: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross.

Rating: PG

Run time: 106 mins..

Genre: Drama

Verdict: Brilliant (see rating system)

Forty years on and Mrs. Robinson still looks damn good to me...

Er, that's the movie AND the great Anne Bancroft, who sadly died two years ago at age 73.

Bancroft was sensational as the horny Mrs. Robinson (though she looks middle-aged in the movie, she was only 35 when it was made).

The film was a landmark for several reasons.

First, it launched the movie career of Dustin Hoffman, who was just 29 when he took the role of an awkward, confused college grad unsure of his goals in life. This was his breakthrough role.

Second, it gave a fresh voice to "the older woman", portraying her as determined in the pursuit of something she wanted - sex - rather than as a mere plaything of men. Mrs. Robinson definitely wore the pants.

Third, it boosted the musical careers of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, who provided several songs for the movie, including the title track.

The Story: Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman), returns to his parents' comfortable home after graduating. He's unsure of himself and what he wants to do. Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), wife of the dull Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton), a business partner of Ben's father, senses the young man's confusion at a party and has him drive her home, then shocks him by trying to seduce him

The sexually inexperienced Benjamin rejects her advances, but a few weeks later arranges to meet her at a hotel and they begin an affair.

Benjamin's confusion and guilt deepens, and a crisis looms when he meets the Robinsons' beautiful daughter (Katharine Ross) and falls for her.

Funny, touching and entirely believable, The Graduate features fine performances and nice direction from Nichols, who won the Oscar for Best Director.

This 40th anniversary edition does the classic flick proud, with a beautiful picture and sound transfer, four featurettes, audio commentaries by Hoffman, Ross, Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh PLUS a CD containing Simon and Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair/Canticle and April Come She Will.



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