The Graduate (1967 USA) 106 mins, Cert. 15 – Summer of Love screening

Screenings at 2.30 & 7.30

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

“If you remember the 60s, you really weren’t there.”  (Charlie Fleischer, 1982)

Well, I was there and I DO remember the 60s (well, some of it), and I remember The Graduate as a 1968 film.  My memory is probably OK, as it only came out in the US in late 1967 so (as we always seem to have to wait a few weeks or months for things to get across the Atlantic it WOULD have been ’68 before this hit our screens (and Paul Simon’s music hit our ears and Mrs Robinson’s legs hit our eyes).

Meanwhile, back to the film.  Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) has just finished college and is trying to avoid answering (or even thinking about) the question everyone keeps asking: what does he want to do with his life?



An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by his parents’ friend Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft). 



Their tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman she demanded he stay away from, her daughter Elaine (Ross).



Enjoy (again?) this 50th anniversary restoration of a Sixties classic.


As it has been re-released, here is an ‘up-to-date’ Review (re-appraisal actually) from The Guardian. This makes reference to the alternative castings that might have happened, covered in greater depth in this article from Vanity Fair.  There is further interesting tittle-tattle on the gestation of the film, its music and who might have played who in the film’s Wikipedia page – Doris Day as Mrs Robinson?!?

The review includes a link to the ‘official’ Trailer for the re-release.  For history buffs the 1967 trailer (a bit of a plot-spoiler really, but how can you spoil the plot of a 50-year old classic?) can be seen below

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David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 24th August 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM and 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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