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18,168 Ratings

The Graduate

Directed by Mike Nichols
United States, 1967
Drama, Comedy, Romance


Recent college graduate Ben Braddock returns to his parents’ California home and stumbles through a haze of indecision as he navigates life in the real world. He starts an unexpected sexual relationship with the much older wife of his father’s business partner, only to fall for her daughter as well.

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The Graduate Directed by Mike Nichols

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1968 | Winner: Best Director

1968 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1967 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1969 | 5 wins including: Best Direction

1969 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

Directors Guild of America

1968 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

The year 1967 was significant in cinema history, and if you’re trying to make sense of why, you don’t have to look much further than Mike Nichols’ The Graduate. It is a film which appears at a great turning point in Hollywood film history, at the moments of transition between one era tied to the strictures of classical storytelling and codes self-imposed censorship, and the beginning of a new American perspective on film influenced by artistic innovations from the cinema of Europe.
March 17, 2017
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The Graduate might seem to belong to another age. But in truth it straddles both the old and the new. It survives not just as a peerless Hollywood entertainment but as a one-of-a-kind cinematic portrait of America when it, like Benjamin Braddock at the edge of his parents’ swimming pool, teetered on the brink.
February 23, 2016
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Nichols had made only one previous feature, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, a deliberately claustrophobic chamber piece. Here, he shoots widescreen compositions that use the entire width of the frame to striking effect, and alternates between lengthy choreographed shots and jarring cuts… His use of Simon & Garfunkel’s music was equally revolutionary—movies had employed pop songs before, but never by combining one artist’s back catalogue with original material composed expressly for the film.
February 20, 2016
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