45th Anniversary Reunion Showing!
Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winner for Best Director, this groundbreaking and "wildly hilarious" (The Boston Globe) social satire launched the career of two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman and cemented the reputation of acclaimed director Mike Nichols. Pulsating with the rebellious spirit of the '60s and a haunting score sung by Simon and Garfunkel, The Graduate is truly a "landmark film" (Leonard Maltin).
“A LANDMARK! Just as pungent - and funny - as ever!" - Leonard Maltin
"A GENERATIONAL MILESTONE! Consistently fleet and funny, even as it probes the heady abandon and looming hangover that typified the decade of discontent." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"AN ARTISTIC BLOCKBUSTER! The most popular romantic comedy of the 1960s ... remains a film of imagination, creativity, beauty, humor, tension and moral seriousness.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Reader
“You’re trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson ... Aren’t you?” Glamorous, funny, sexy (coo, coo ca-choo, indeed) and sad, The Graduate is an emotional touchstone for an entire generation, not to mention a crowd-pleasing late-‘60s harbinger of the “New Hollywood” studio films that would storm the movie industry in the early ‘70s. Here we have cleverly-crafted student unrest in bourgeois clothing, as young Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock, adrift after college, is craftily seduced by a woman of his parents’ generation: the fabulous Anne Bancroft’s icily-assured friend-of-the-family Mrs. Robinson (actually only six years Hoffman’s senior). So it’s understandable that Ben’s dream girl Katharine Ross is a bit startled to learn that he’s been sleeping with ... her mother! Arguably, no other movie of the ‘60s — not even Bonnie and Clyde or Easy Rider — more successfully turned counterculture angst into popular culture. The biggest box office surprise of the decade, an Oscar-winner for second-time director Mike Nichols, and a revved-up vehicle for Hoffman’s star-making breakout role, The Graduate darkly and humorously captured the restlessness and ennui of the era. Bouyed by a razor sharp screenplay from Calder Willingham and Buck Henry (who also nails a hilarious cameo as a hotel desk clerk) and a legendarily evocative score by pop duo Simon & Garfunkel, this remains one of the most beloved classics of the American screen, filled with so many instantly-iconic moments (“Plastics!”), it’s almost like a cinematic greatest hits compilation of the counterculture generation.
(Mike Nichols, 1967, 106 min, Not Rated, Rialto Pictures) 35mm