The Graduate

The Graduate

Director: Mike Nichols

1967, US, 105 minutes, Digital, PG

Language: English

Presented by: Bobbie O’Steen

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katherine Ross

Distributor: Embassy Pictures

Program Notes

1968 on Film

In conjunction with John’s Hopkins University, The SNF Parkway Theater is proud to present the 1968 on Film Series. This series presents some landmark films from 1968, in company with a few that paved the way and others that look back with admiration, nostalgia, and regret for what we gained and what we lost in that transformative year.

Hosted by Bobbie O’Steen, film historian and author of Cut To the Chase about her late husband and colleague, Sam O’Steen, legendary editor of The Graduate and other groundbreaking films.

Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents’ house, he’s trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from, her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

“The emotional elevation of the film is due in no small measure to the extraordinarily engaging performances of Anne Bancroft as the wife-mother-mistress, Dustin Hoffman as the lumbering Lancelot, and Katherine Ross as his fair Elaine.” – Andrew Sarris, Village Voice

“The remarkably true ring of Webb’s dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity.” – John Mahoney, Hollywood Reporter