Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Graduate (1967)

Benjamin Braddock has just finished college and returns to his home in California. His parents throw him a Homecoming Party, expecting great things from him. But overwhelmed by his parent's expectations, he's not quite sure what to do with his future. The wife of his father's business partner, Mrs. Robinson asks him to drive her home the same night and being the only two people in the house, she tries to seduce him. They start having an affair, secretly meeting up in hotel rooms. But Benjamin thinks it's risky and is afraid of getting caught. His father encourages him to take out the Robinsons' teenage daughter, Elaine and despite Mrs. Robinsons' warning to stay away from her, Benjamin spends time with her and soon falls in love with her. So he breaks it off with the mother to pursue the daughter. But when Elaine finds out that Ben has been sleeping with her mother, she doesn't want to see him anymore. However, Ben doesn't give up and is determined to get her back, even if that means driving a great distance, running out of gas, and going on foot to the church to stop her from marrying someone else.
One of my favorite of Dustin Hoffman's films; he is utterly amazing in his breakthrough role; the music from Simon and Garfunkel is outstanding. Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Norman Fell 9/10

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