The Graduate

The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The film tells the story of Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman), a recent university graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then proceeds to fall in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

In 1996, The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It ranked as the seventh greatest film of all time on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies.

Adjusted for inflation, the film is #19 on the list of highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada.

Embassy Pictures distributed in North America, while United Artists handled the initial international release.

Dustin Hoffman earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as did Bancroft and Ross.

Along with the acting nominations, the film received nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. Mike Nichols won the Academy Award for Best Director.

The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Editing (to Sam O'Steen).

In 1996, The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", and placed #19 on the list of highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada, adjusted for inflation.

American Film Institute recognition

  • 1998: AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies #7
  • 2000: AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs #9
  • 2002: AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions #52
  • 2004: AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs:
  • 2005: AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes:
    • "Plastics." #42
    • "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" #63
  • 2007: AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) #17

The movie is listed in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book.

The movie is ranked #160 in IMDB top 250

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