The Graduate

The Graduate

DVD - 1999
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A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into an affair with the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [1999], ©1999
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9780792842705
0792842707
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Gr
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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BenHarrison20
Mar 21, 2017

What can I really say about this film that hasn't already been said? It's a great movie. Enough said.

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PearlyKayAm1
Mar 14, 2017

This 1972 movie has not aged well. Provocative for its time, it seems silly and overly long now.

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mikeedm
Jul 29, 2016

Great movie, enjoyed it more the second time I watched it.
Also the comments on the second disk were very interesting and well worth listening to.

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Nursebob
Jul 24, 2016

Mike Nichols’ coming-of-age comedy not only launched the careers of fresh-faced Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross, it also helped to define a generation of baby boomers. A masterpiece of deadpan humour laced with irony and wit which speaks volumes on the mindset of its protagonist without the usual bombastic sermons. Numerous encounters with adults only serve to heighten Ben’s confusion while images of pools and aquarium-bound fish (and that famous alfa romeo) serve up ambivalent metaphors as he finds himself torn between the expectations of his WASP parents and his own innate desire to be something different. Aside from its award-winning script and timeless score of Simon & Garfunkel ballads however, the enduring success of Nichols’ film ultimately rests on the sheer star power of his cast especially the pairing of Hoffman’s hesitantly monotone naif and Ann Bancroft’s predatory cougar. He has also given cinema two of its most iconic scenes: the surreal hotel seduction between Ben and Mrs. Robinson, and Ben’s crashing of Elaine’s wedding. Certainly dated, but an American classic nevertheless.

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tinybookworm
Mar 07, 2016

I loved Dustin Hoffman in this movie, loved the Ben character. I love Simon and Garfunkle music too and at some points, the music fit perfectly into the plot/scene, but I felt their music was overused (sometimes even with the same song!) Overall, a great movie to watch, I enjoyed it.

ebarteldes Jan 24, 2015

A classic that has not become dated with time.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Mike Nichols’ coming-of-age comedy not only launched the careers of fresh-faced Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross, it also helped to define a generation of baby boomers. Following a successful stint at college, twenty-year old Ben Braddock returns home to his parent’s upper middle-class lifestyle in suburban Los Angeles without any goals or ambitions yet still “worried” about his future. Unable to communicate these mixed feelings to his proud parents and their bourgeois friends Ben tries to feign delight in the pointless chatter and trivial games around him until a chance encounter, and subsequent affair, with the sexually aggressive wife of his father’s business partner jars him out of his complacency and sets his life in an unexpected direction. At first his dalliances with the older Mrs. Robinson give Ben a newfound sense of confidence—if no real purpose—but as their clandestine trysts become increasingly predictable, Ben’s attempts at getting to know the person behind the unflappable facade slowly reveal a worn and world-weary woman who regards him as little more than an inferior plaything. Then he commits an unforgivable transgression—he falls in love with the Robinson’s daughter, Elaine—and when her mother’s claws finally come out they not only serve to highlight the social gulf between her and Ben but the ever widening generation gap of an entire country. A masterpiece of deadpan humour laced with irony and wit which speaks volumes on the mindset of its protagonist without the usual bombastic sermons. Numerous encounters with adults only serve to heighten Ben’s confusion while images of pools and aquarium-bound fish (and that famous alfa romeo) serve up ambivalent metaphors as he finds himself torn between the expectations of his WASP parents and his own innate desire to be something different. It’s no coincidence then that his bedroom sports a dart board while a painting of a sad clown hangs over the staircase—nor is it happenstance that his odyssey should begin in the conservative burbs of southern California but end in radical Berkeley. Aside from its award-winning script and timeless score of Simon & Garfunkel ballads however, the enduring success of Nichols’ film ultimately rests on the sheer star power of his cast especially the pairing of Hoffman’s hesitantly monotone naif and Ann Bancroft’s predatory cougar. He has also given cinema two of its most iconic scenes: the surreal hotel seduction between Ben and Mrs. Robinson, and Ben’s crashing of Elaine’s wedding in a desperate attempt to prevent her from marrying the privileged suitor of her parents’ choosing. Certainly dated, but an American classic nevertheless.

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petercorell
Nov 21, 2014

Mike Nichols passed away a few days ago. He directed to some fine movies and one of them was "The Graduate". A coming of age story of a young man played perfectly by Dustin Hoffman. As the description says to the movie Dustin Hoffman portrays "A recent college graduate from an affluent family is seduced by the wife of his father's business partner, then subsequently falls in love with her daughter. This is a romantic comedy of the highest order. It made a star out of Dustin Hoffman. Thanks Mike for making such thoughtful movies!

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garycornell
May 13, 2014

Way back in the "60s" when I went to a Friday Night showing of "The Graduate" the entire audience got out of the chairs and applauded the movie. We all walked out with smiles, because we really liked the movies ending. The movie is timelesss because Dustin Hoffman is dealing with maturing as a young man. I have taken this movie home many times since it has come out on DVD, and it never lets me down. This is one Great Movie!

dgr Apr 05, 2013

It's amazing how classic movies like this deal with issues that don't go away and grow with you as you get older. Mrs. Robinson isn't just a modern women dealing with the dissatisfaction of an overly-intelligent housewife in a post-feminist world, she may also be one of the first on-screen examples of a woman who falsely accuses a man of rape. This is not the first time I've seen this film but it is the first time I consciously noticed that Mrs. Robinson tells Elaine that Ben raped her when that couldn't be further from the truth. The naive Elaine initially believes her mother since she "knows" that parents don't cheat and they certainly don't lie, especially mothers! The commentaries for this films are interesting, especially Dustin Hoffman's as he humorously discusses dealing with body parts, co-stars and Hollywood from the perspective of a less-than-typical leading man during a strange period of transition in Hollywood and America. A classic film and as relevant as ever as it deals with alienation and history repeating itself.

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Bronco92
Apr 13, 2017

"Plastics".

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mswrite
Nov 21, 2014

"I am not trying to seduce you."

"Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?"

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Benjamin: It's like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don't make any sense to me. They're being made up by all the wrong people. I mean no one makes them up. They seem to make themselves up.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, I can't do this anymore.
Mrs. Robinson: You what?
Benjamin: This is all terribly wrong.
Mrs. Robinson: Do you find me undesirable?
Benjamin: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think, I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends. I mean that.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Benjamin: Listen to me. What happened between Mrs. Robinson and me was nothing. It didn't mean anything. We might just as well have been shaking hands.
Mr. Robinson: Shaking hands? Well, that's not saying much for my wife, is it?

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spiritus Apr 25, 2014

A young male college graduate has no idea what he wants to do now that he finished school. Along comes Mrs. Robinson, a mature, unhappy "cougar". She seduces Benjamin, who later falls in love with her daughter. Excellent movie regarding the beginning of the sexual revolution.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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