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The 1967 movie The Graduate has been called one of the funniest, wisest Generation Gap films ever made. Its lasting popularity among teenagers, college students, and adults alike testifies to the durability of its appeal. Mike Nichols's film hits all of its targets with methods ranging from high farce to melancholy comedy, aided by an irreverent, acidic screenplay from Buck Henry and Calder Willingham. The film includes many classic scenes, including the bittersweet and ambiguous last shot, and a wonderful song score by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Songs which, like the film, will never go out of style.

"This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future."

Webmaster's Note:

Although the subject matter and brief nude scenes in The Graduate may seem tame by today's standards, they were risqué enough to warrant an R rating for the film in 1967. This precluded anyone under the age of 17, which at the time included myself, from seeing it. When the film was rereleased to theaters in the spring of 1972 (with a poster that said "See The Graduate again or for the first time"), I finally found out what all the fuss was about. Captivated by the film, I went back to see it again and again, like thousands of people had before me five years earlier. It remained my favorite movie of all time, so I decided to write a paper on it for a college English course I took in the early 1980's. Most of the editorial material used in this Web site came from the research I assembled for the paper.

"A landmark film of the late 60s that's still just as pungent -- and funny -- as ever. * * * * (out of 4 stars)" - Leonard Maltin

"One of the more subtle comedies on film, The Graduate was a tour de force for newcomer Dustin Hoffman and made him and Katharine Ross, who plays his young lover, overnight sensations. * * * * * (out of 5 stars)" - Cinebooks

Ben and Mrs. Robinson's first rendezvous at the Taft Hotel.

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