Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman), just out of college, does not know what he wants to do with his life. One of his parents' contemporaries, Mrs Robinson, (Anne Bancroft) seduces him. At first he's shocked, but the affair is the only thing at that moment that relieves him of his boredom. His relationship is purely physical and is devoid of tenderness. However , a chance of real happiness presents itself when Ben falls in love with Robinson's daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).
Ben finds himself sandwiched between the embittered desperation of Mrs. Robinson and his own attraction to the ambivalent but beautiful Elaine. Benjamin's life falls apart. His affair is discovered and he is barred from seeing Elaine any further. However, Benjamin refuses to give up hope, despite warnings and threats from both Mr. and Mrs. Robinson.
Within 24 days it will be Brian Avery`s 73th birthday. (July 13, 1940)
Within 27 days it would have been Eddra Gale`s (Woman on Bus) 92th birthday.
* July 16, 1921
† May 13, 2001
Katharine Ross did some screen tests with Hoffman for the part: “He looked about three feet tall, so dead serious, so humorless, so unkempt” Source / More (Book)
The graduate ranks number 18 in the American box-office rankings
Grossing adjusted for inflation -> $547 m Source / More (Web)
The score was made by the folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel.
The graduate is a novel by Charles Webb.
The film has and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry
The dictionary says:
Graduate -> A person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study, as in a university, college, or school.
For The Graduate Katharine Ross did some screen tests with Hoffman for the part: “He looked about three feet tall, so dead serious, so humorless, so unkempt”
August 8, 1937
Dustin Lee Hoffman
January 24, 1983
Dustin was born in Los Angeles. He made his off-Broadway debut in 1960 in Yes Is for a Very Young Man.
In 1967 Hoffman got his big break when he caught the attention of director Mike Nichols, who cast him in the The Graduate, which catapulted him into stardom.
Constantly looking for challenges, Dustin played the anti-hero in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Little Big Man (1970), and Marathon Man (1976) and the hero in All the President's Men.
The 1979 domestic drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and the comedy Tootsie (1982) were a major succes, but Dustin decided to go back to the theatre to portray Willy Loman in a Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman (1983).
He returned to the movies with a megaflop, the comedy Ishtar (1987) but revenged himself a year later with Rain man (1988).
During the nineties Hoffman's drawing power gradually diminished allthough he was nominated for another Academy award for Wag the dog (1997).
In the third millenium, his star rises again with the succes of Finding Neverland and Meet the Fockers (both 2004) and a lot of films planned for 2006.
1998 Nominated Best Actor for: Wag the Dog (1997)
1989 Won Oscar Best Actor for: Rain Man (1988)
1983 Nominated Best Actor for: Tootsie (1982)
1980 Won Oscar Best Actor for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
1975 Nominated Best Actor for: Lenny (1974)
1970 Nominated Best Actor for: Midnight Cowboy (1969)
1968 Nominated Best Actor for: The Graduate (1967)
Dustin Hoffman: Hollywood's Antihero -> Jeff Lenburg (2001)