The Graduate

The Graduate

DVD - 2007
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Uncertain of what he wants to do with his life, college graduate Benjamin Braddock returns home. And when the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson, seduces him, the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams. But there's one problem-- she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : MGM DVD : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: 40th anniversary ed
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Alternative Title: MGM DVD

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Shuken_1989
Mar 19, 2020

I am not sure what I have just watched. Was it ode to a obsessive personality in the form of the movies main protagonist, Ben, or is it a film highlighting the angst of the Baby Boomers as they entered adulthood? I am not sure, the film had elements of both, I found myself repulsed by Ben's horrible behavior, however, the film makes it clear that he is almost like an alien visitor to the real world. The film opens at Ben's graduation party thrown by his parents without his permission, during this party he meets the seductive Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's law partner. Ben through his own social awkwardness and ignorance goes on to become a whirlwind of destruction in the Robinson household. Having been cloistered for years in an upper middle class household in Glendale, CA. Ben has seemingly spent his life in school, with no real idea of what his own goals are. Excelling, but without a real direction in life. I am making this review fifty-three years after the film's 1967 debut and having been two generations separated from the protagonist, I found that some parts spoke to me, namely the post graduation angst and the listless wandering engaged in by Ben. The main character's bourgeoisie upbringing saw me ultimately detached from his story. While the film does not hold up to the test of time, the psychological elements are relatable.

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willpell
Jan 27, 2020

An interesting time capsule, which is greatly divorced from modern movie-making custom. I can't fully enjoy it, but it's full of ideas that I found very inspiring. And it also has Simon and Garfunkel, who I could really have done without.

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iloveseaotters
Jan 26, 2020

I've seen this movie in enough pieces to say that it's pretty good. Perhaps one day I should sit down and watch the whole thing at once. But that being said, the acting is great. Loved Dustin Hoffman in the title role. And the music, primarily Simon and Garfunkel, is timeless and amazing.

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drmgreene
Oct 12, 2018

Nordicleather........from a 65 year old who saw this film on the big screen. You might want to revisit this film. This was a groundbreaking film that launched Dustin Hoffman's career. It was shocking, to say the least, for its time. Give it another try. It is one of the all time greats on many "best of" lists. One of the great coming of age films. And, on top of it all, it had Simon and Garfunkel providing a classic tune.

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nordicleather
Nov 26, 2017

Saw this movie very recently. It is showing it's age. I loved the Alpha Romeo sports car driven through out the movie. Today Mrs. Robinson would be a cougar. It was a shame that she was portrayed as an alcoholic & somewhat unstable. I did not like the 20 year old Ben portrayed as bungling victim of Mrs. Robinson. Too many stereo types. I like the on locatioon filming in Berkely, California. The shot of Elaine coming out of Moe's Book store in Berkely is a classic. Moe's Book store has been there for 55 years. It is known for rare books & collectors items. The ending was too soft. Benjamen rescues Elaine in her wedding gown from the church as she has just married mister perfect. They escape on a city bus. End of movie. I would likke to have known what happens when the city bus reaches the end of the line. A dispapointing & soft ending.

SPL_Liz Nov 17, 2017

There is not too much I can add to the discussion of this film. It seems that all aspects of this film were carefully considered and that you could spend hours taking notes on the cinematography, lighting, symbolism etc. (and people have!) The plot itself was shocking, disturbing, and darkly comedic. I didn't find myself relating well to the characters as I am now over 30 and part of the establishment. Thinking back though, it seems like the kind of spontaneous, diagonal moves I would have taken in my youth to avoid turning out like my parents. I love the ambiguity of the final scene.

shokolit Oct 27, 2017

How many movies are there, that you can say are just perfect? well, this one is.
I love just about everything about this film: the cast (Its hard to believe, but this was Hoffman's debut movie), the script, the songs. Its one of my favorite movies, that I watched so many times.

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BenHarrison20
Mar 21, 2017

What can I really say about this film that hasn't already been said? It's a great movie. Enough said.

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PearlyKayAm1
Mar 14, 2017

This 1972 movie has not aged well. Provocative for its time, it seems silly and overly long now.

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mikeedm
Jul 29, 2016

Great movie, enjoyed it more the second time I watched it.
Also the comments on the second disk were very interesting and well worth listening to.

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May 19, 2019

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May 10, 2014

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

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mswrite
Nov 21, 2014

"I am not trying to seduce you."

"Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?"

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Benjamin: It's like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don't make any sense to me. They're being made up by all the wrong people. I mean no one makes them up. They seem to make themselves up.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, I can't do this anymore.
Mrs. Robinson: You what?
Benjamin: This is all terribly wrong.
Mrs. Robinson: Do you find me undesirable?
Benjamin: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think, I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends. I mean that.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Benjamin: Listen to me. What happened between Mrs. Robinson and me was nothing. It didn't mean anything. We might just as well have been shaking hands.
Mr. Robinson: Shaking hands? Well, that's not saying much for my wife, is it?

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spiritus Apr 25, 2014

A young male college graduate has no idea what he wants to do now that he finished school. Along comes Mrs. Robinson, a mature, unhappy "cougar". She seduces Benjamin, who later falls in love with her daughter. Excellent movie regarding the beginning of the sexual revolution.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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