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The Graduate
Director: Mike Nichols (Dir)
Release Date:   Dec 1967
Duration (in mins):  103 or 105
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Cast: Anne Bancroft  (Mrs. Robinson)
  Dustin Hoffman  (Ben Braddock)
  Katharine Ross  (Elaine Robinson)

Summary: Benjamin Braddock, filled with doubts about his future, returns to his Los Angeles home after graduating from an Eastern college. His parents soon have a party so they can boast of their son's academic achievements and his bright prospects in business. Mrs. Robinson, one of the guests, persuades Ben to drive her home and there tries to seduce him, but her overtures are interrupted by the sound of her husband's car in the driveway. Blatant in her seductive maneuvers, she soon has the nervous and inexperienced Ben meeting her regularly at the Taft Hotel. As the summer passes, Benjamin becomes increasingly bored and listless; he frequently stays out overnight and returns home to loll around the pool. When his worried parents try to interest him in Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Ben agrees to date her to avoid having the entire Robinson family invited to dinner. At first Benjamin is rude to Elaine and takes her to a striptease club, but realizing how cruel he has been, he apologizes and the two begin dating. Outraged, Mrs. Robinson demands that Ben stop seeing her daughter; instead he blurts out the truth to a shocked Elaine, who returns to college in Berkeley. Although Ben follows her and tries to persuade her to marry him, Elaine's parents intervene and encourage her to marry Carl Smith, a student whom she has been dating. Ben returns to Los Angeles, but when Mrs. Robinson refuses to divulge any information about the wedding, he races back to Berkeley and learns that the ceremony will take place in Santa Barbara. Arriving at the church as the final vows are being spoken, he screams Elaine's name over the heads of the startled guests. Elaine sees her parents' anger toward Ben, and realizing what their influence has done, she fights off her mother and Carl and races to Ben. After locking the congregation in the church by jamming a crucifix through the door handles, the couple leaps aboard a passing bus and rides away. 

Distribution Company: Embassy Pictures Corp.
Production Company: Lawrence Turman, Inc.
Director: Mike Nichols (Dir)
  Don Kranze (Asst dir)
  Lynn Guthrie (Asst dir)
  Gene Marum (Asst dir)
Producer: Joseph E. Levine (Pres)
  Lawrence Turman (Prod)
Writer: Calder Willingham (Scr)
  Buck Henry (Scr)

Subject Major: Disillusionment
  Mothers and daughters
  Romance--Age difference
Subject Minor: Aging
  College life
  Drive-in restaurants
  Family relationships
  Generation gap
  Striptease dancers and dancing
  Swimming pools
  California. University (Berkeley)

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