As a timeless reflection of affluent and aristocratic society, the 1967 film, “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman, takes you through the story of a confused young man growing into an adult.
Based on a novel by Charles Webb, it is a brilliant tale of a world filled with fast cars, hot girls and cocktails. The humorous and fascinating film techniques helped launch Dustin Hoffman’s career and shape an entire generation.
The movie features a young graduate named Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) who struggles to find himself and what he values most in life.
He is swept into a fiery affair involving a family friend by the name of Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft).
The affair soon turns sour after Benjamin is introduced to Mrs. Robinson’s daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).
Out of jealousy, Mrs. Robinson threatens to reveal their affair to her husband and daughter. After being forced by his parents, and pressured by Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton), Benjamin takes Elaine out for the night and realizes his love for the young and vibrant Miss Robinson. When Elaine finds out from her mother a warped version of their dirty secret, she escapes to graduate school to forget about Benjamin.
Heartbroken, Benjamin drives in circles in hopes of finding his lover and marrying her despite Mrs. Robinson’s threats.
Benjamin finally finds the location of the wedding and in screams awaits his lover’s reply.
The uniquely funny classic with its awkward form of satire has humored generations for more than 30 years.
The confused young boy in “The Graduate” represents the confused, anxious and experimental attitude some people exhibit on the road to adulthood. The movie took its audience through the eyes of a young boy walking the road to manhood, love and self-discovery.
Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” continues to be a classic hit coupled to the exceptional movie that was meant to portray the changing American values, “The Graduate.”