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- Larry Welk
At first it seemed funny. Later it became like something stuck in my eye- like someone wanted this viewer to see it their way & it would not get out of my eye. Even Bancroft, in an interview, jarred the reporter with the comment that she felt Benjamin did not really love Elaine. Then it was confirmed: the director of this movie was a BIG purveyor/member of the culture of critique in the 1960's & beyond.
"Ben, what are you doing?"
- Jeff Boston
"Well, I'm just drifting." Indeed. Hoffman hits the right wide-ranging notes playing a rich WASP with the means to meander, a young man much more of his time than of his father. He finally meets Elaine. He finally makes a decision. He finally has a goal. This film is so good one can look past its bounty of Bolshevistic bromides (including Braddock belching "the rules are made by all the wrong people") and appreciate other things, like Mrs. Robinson's wordless pain of having never fully pursued her passion for art; the inventive cinematography; high comedy bits [Ben and the hotel clerk (writer Buck H), Ben and Mrs. B in the hotel sitting area, and several others]; and Mr. R wanting Ben to meet his daughter but forgetting his fave drink is not Scotch, showing he does not really care to know Ben, but he's his law partner's son so the arrangement should be made. The best part is the end. Ben is in a position as if nailed to the cross. Elaine's mother says "It's too late." Elaine retorts "Not for me." She can still be saved. She is drawn to him and the two fight off the mob of idol worship in a house of worship, literally with a cross. One can see that scene as disrespectful to Christianity and a tribute to baby boomer impulsiveness to stick it to convention and be "free." One can see it as respectful of Christianity, for Ben and Elaine are standing up for what is right and true. The looks of uncertainty on the bus are fine, for with faith you should not be uncertain, but most go through life never fully grasping that Jesus loves you more than you will know.
the gift that keeps on giving.
a script and style of movie that lit up film history as though it were a Christmas tree. there are several movies that you may like that owe this story a debt of thanks.
A Smash ! Perfect Score, Direction, Acting !
- DON RILEY
There is a "heat" that is generated between Ann Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman. Each of their scenes are "on Fire". They have perfect chemistry for the script (which I found to be outstanding) and their individual roles. I think their relationship as central as Stanley and Blanche in "Streetcar Named Desire". The directing, cinematography and score all work perfectly for me. The decision to drop Gene Hackman as the "father" was incredibly wise he would have dwarfed Dustin Hoffman and ruined the film IMO. This is a magical picture about "love" not about "infidelity"...........it is a thrilling and its five blazing stars. Wonderful !!......................!
- Hauntess A. Clichae
Here's a smart idea: let's take actors & actresses of renown, the best writers-directors-wardrobe mistress-fabulous props & scenery, 2 boomer era acting wannabes, & a couple of soft-headed troubadours and concoct a story that makes the 'older' generation piggish; the 'Pepsi' generation 'right'; the one normal- young man priggish and sink those hooks into the American psyche to further its destruction. The success of this propa-tainmemt is proven by the viewers who think this is a 'good' movie.
Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson
Great commentary on whom you shouldn't invite to your college grad's graduation party. Benjamin (Hoffman) takes his bachelor's degree in life at the hands of Mrs. Robinson, a naughty neighbor who begins an illicit affair with the nave college grad. Just as Benjamin becomes an "A" pupil in the sleazy scenario set up by Mrs. Robinson, his attentions drift to a more suitable match--her lovely daughter. Too many interesting themes to mention, but when it comes right down to it, Mrs. Robinson makes it plain that he's good enough for the occasional fling, but is not suitable material for her daughter, Elaine. Of course, Benjie and Elaine have other ideas, but Mrs. Robinson will have none of it. The ensuing complications--involved with the mother, but loves daughter--play out in laughable, sad, and moving ways, with Benjamin desperate to have what he cannot. But get a load of the "Elaine! Elaine!" scene with him at her wedding and you're looking at a couple who never got invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the wife's parents' house after that day. Simon and Garfunkel sing classic tunes all the way through, so coo-ca-choo, Mrs. Robinson. Great film.
- Michael Whitty
A surprising satire with that adultish punch "The Graduate" weaves its story of a naive college graduate from the east who returns to his Beverly Hills home but can't get his mind in the right direction. This became a classic with the younger crowd of "who am I" right when they need answers for themselves. But Anne Bancroft almost steals the show as the remembered Mrs.Robinson who has a summer fling with Benjamin and is against Benjamin dating her daughter. This was Dustin Hoffman's entry into stardom and won an Oscar for director Mike Nichols. The songs by Simon and Garfunkel were well chosen to depict Benjamin's situation.
Overall-5/5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-5/5Score-4 1/2 out of 5Titles-4/5Screenplay-5/5Cinematography-5/5Importance-5/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-5/5
- Dashiell B.
A truly iconic film that is still dissected & discussed. An unmotivated graduate falls into an affair with an older woman, only to be smitten by her daughter. Nominations went to Hoffman, Bancroft & Ross as the mentioned characters, each compelling in great performances. Nichols won the Best Director Oscar for making a film that speaks volumes about the youth of America, the feeling of uncertain trepidation and openness about sex. The memorable, Oscar-omitted tunes from Simon & Garfunkel are the finishing touches to this unique dramadey. I give it a 5/5.
'R' rating for 'The Graduate'
- Phil Kruger
The Graduate did not have an 'R' rating. There may have been an 'SMA' (Suggested For Mature Audiences) disclaimer issued by the Motion Picture Association Of America, which was a catch-all term encompassingsubjects depicted in various productions with varying degrees of frankness.
Mrs. Robinson you're trying to seduce me
- Nathaniel Saez
To this day the line "Plastics" is heard 'The Graduate' comes to mind instantly. One of the top 20 greatest films of all time, Mike Nichols' film is nothing sort of perfection. Released in 1967, 'The Graduate' is still a fresh rebellious film that really places the emotion of isolationism into the audience. The screenplay is written beautifully. Not once did the story telling seem to dry up. From the beginning of the film right to the unusual end, 'The Graduate' remained breathtaking. Dustin Hoffman became a star in this film and rightfully so. Benjamin Braddock can still be seen as a character every confused young man or woman can relate to. Through his eyes and smooth delivery of his lines, viewers can really comprehend the feeling of confusion and desperation Braddock is feeling. When one is given high expectations in life, the pressure can be overwhelming and Hoffman portrays that perfectly. Since "The Graduate' Dustin Hoffman has one two Oscars (Kramer vs. Kramer & Rain Man) yet it is "The Graduate' that remains his best performance and unquestionably his best film.Anne Bancroft (an Oscar winner in 'The Miracle Worker') gives the performance of her career. As the most recognizable cougar in film history, Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson is one of the greatest characters in the history of cinema. Her performance is incredible and her attempt to seduce Braddock is so smooth the viewers feel seducedAs for Katharine Ross, she put on a great performance as Elaine Robinson. Her innocence makes her character appealing and a perfect fit for Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin.Currently rated the 17th greatest film of all time according to the American Film Institute, 'The Graduate' is a film that will always stand the test of time. I wonder if Braddock got into Plastics.
The Ultimate, Original
- Frank Harris Horn
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross star in Mike Nichols' landmark movie of the late 1960s based on Charles Webb's novel perfectly adapted for the silver screen by Buck Henry (who plays a desk clerk) and Calder Willingham. Hoffman rises to stardom as an ultra-naive college graduate, who has a sexual fling with his neighbor's wife (Bancroft), and then later, he falls in love with her daughter (Ross). Featuring Simon and Garfunkel's delightfully immortal musical score and songs, "Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson" and "The Sound of Silence". Mike Nichols won the Academy Award as Best Director. Look fast for Mike Farrell in the hotel lobby. Also starring Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Walter Brooke, Alice Ghostley, Norman Fell, William Daniels, Brian Avery, Marion Lorne, Elisabeth Fraser, Richard Dreyfuss & Harry Holcombe.