The Graduate

The Graduate

Mike Nichols (1967)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This landmark satire on America's bourgeoisie thrust the unknown Dustin Hoffman into the limelight and won a best director Oscar for Mike Nichols. In his first major role, Hoffman is sensational as the innocent college graduate who is seduced by older married woman Anne Bancroft and then falls for her daughter Katharine Ross. The humour in Calder Willingham and Buck Henry's screenplay has the bite of a dry martini, Robert Surtees's stunning, innovative camerawork contributes telling visual ironies (especially in the scene where Hoffman runs to the church) and the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack perfectly captures the mood of disaffected youth seething beneath the laid-back exterior of 1960s California. Nichols's Oscar was well deserved, launching him into the top rank of Hollywood directors, though the film missed out in six other categories - best picture, actor (Hoffman), actress (Bancroft), supporting actress (Ross), screenplay and cinematography.


A naive college graduate, hailed as a genius by his overbearing parents, is seduced by the middle-aged wife of his father's business partner - but later falls in love with her daughter. Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross, with a soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel.

Cast & Crew

Benjamin Braddock Dustin Hoffman
Mrs Robinson Anne Bancroft
Elaine Robinson Katharine Ross
Mr Braddock William Daniels (2)
Mrs Braddock Elizabeth Wilson
Mr Robinson Murray Hamilton
Carl Smith Brian Avery (1)
Mr Maguire Walter Brooke
Mr McCleery Norman Fell
Mrs Singleman Alice Ghostley
Room clerk Buck Henry
Miss DeWitt Marion Lorne
Student lodger Richard Dreyfuss
Director Mike Nichols
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: May be edited for sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Jun 2017
Drama Comedy