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The Graduate is a 1967 romantic comedy-drama movie directed by Mike Nichols and starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. The film is based on the novel of the same name.

It won the Academy Award for Best Director and was nominated in six other categories, including Best Picture.


Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from, her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).


  • Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock
  • Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson
  • Katharine Ross as Elaine Robinson
  • William Daniels as Mr. Braddock
  • Murray Hamilton as Mr. Robinson
  • Elizabeth Wilson as Mrs. Braddock
  • Buck Henry as Room clerk
  • Brian Avery as Carl Smith
  • Walter Brooke as Mr. McGuire
  • Norman Fell as Mr. McCleery
  • Alice Ghostley as Mrs. Singleman
  • Marion Lorne as Miss DeWitte


Critical response

The Graduate was met with generally positive reviews from critics upon its release. A.D. Murphy of Variety and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film, with Murphy describing it as a "delightful satirical comedy-drama" and Ebert claiming it was the "funniest American comedy of the year". He, along with Gene Siskel, gave the film a positive if unenthusiastic review on the television program Siskel & Ebert. Furthermore, the film's rating in the AFI list of the greatest American films fell from seventh in 1997 to seventeenth in the 2007 update. Lang Thompson, however, argued that "it really hasn't dated much".

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 86% based on 80 reviews, with an average rating of 8.85/10. On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 83 out of 100, based on 19 critics.