The Graduate 1967 15 101min Colour
Dustin Hoffman shot to fame as Ben, the college graduate seduced by his parents’ friend and dissatisfied well-to-do housewife Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). He, reluctant at first, becomes enthusiastic until he meets her daughter (Katharine Ross) and now it becomes a sort of double romance. Mother and daughter — a familiar male sexual fantasy. It’s touching and also very funny. Bancroft is at her best. As the song says, Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson.
Did you know? The scene where Benjamin grabs Mrs Robinson’s breast was unscripted. Rather than stop the scene, Hoffman began banging his head on the wall to stem his laughter. It all stayed in.
OscarsMike Nichols Directing
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Barry Norman's 101 Greatest Films of All Time! part 1 was first published in Radio Times magazine (21-27 January 2012)
Barry Norman's 101 Greatest Films of All Time! part 2 is available in next week's Radio Times magazine