Dustin Hoffman pawed his leading ladies and Doris Day found the script offensive.
There are still many reasons to love classic movie The Graduate, which is half a century old this year, and just about to get a shiny new restoration for cinema release.
Who can forget the Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack; the way the film spoke for a generation disaffected with their parents’ way of doing things; the enigmatic but oddly satisfying ending; the humour; the sexiness; the romance; the one-liners?
It is a funny, brilliantly observed and rightly venerated film, which overnight turned the little-known Dustin Hoffman — who months earlier had been living on his uppers in New York — into a major star.
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The Graduate tells the story of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman, left) fresh from college, who comes from a monied California family and has the world at his feet. He has a sordid affair with Elaine’s mother (Anne Bancroft, right), an alcoholic trapped in a sexless marriage
The Graduate tells the story of Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) fresh from college, who comes from a monied California family and seems to have the world at his feet. At his homecoming party, in one of the film’s most famous lines, a family friend tells him to go into plastics. But Benjamin feels disillusioned and aimless.
Meanwhile, his mother is desperate for him to marry Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross), the beautiful daughter of close family friends. But by the time he gets round to doing his duty and asking her out, Benjamin is having a sordid affair with Elaine’s mother (Anne Bancroft), an alcoholic trapped in a sexless marriage.
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