“One word: plastics.” “Are you here for an affair?” These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols’ landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents’ pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons’ daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben — but to what?

This 4K restoration was created from the 35mm original camera negative by the

Criterion Collection. The color timing was done by referencing a previous color grading

that had been supervised by Grover Crisp at Sony Pictures and approved by director

Mike Nichols

“Suddenly, here toward the year’s end, when the new films are plunging toward the wire
and the prospects of an Oscar-worthy long shot coming through get progressively more
dim, there sweeps ahead a film that is not only one of the best of the year, but also one
of the best seriocomic social satires we’ve had from Hollywood since Preston Sturges
was making them…Mark it right down in your datebook as a picture you’ll have to see—
and maybe see twice to savor all its sharp satiric wit and cinematic treats…Funny,
outrageous, and touching, The Graduate is a sophisticated film that puts Mr. Nichols
and his associates on a level with any of the best satirists working abroad today.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

“A landmark! Just as pungent – and funny – as ever!” – Leonard Maltin

106min | PG | Comedy, Drama

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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