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'The Graduate (1967)' Movie Review:Seduction at its best

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The Graduate


Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just earned his Bachelor's Degree. His parents Mr. and Mrs. Braddock (William Daniels and Elizabeth Wilson) are throwing a very lavish party for him. All the neighbors and all the friends and business partners etc. are there. All of them asking young Ben what he had in store for his future. Ben feeling uncomfortable with all the attention makes his way through all the people.

Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) the wife of one Ben's fathers partners wants to get out of there and go home. She asks Ben to drive her and he does. When they get to her house he walks her inside where she attempts to seduce him. Unfortunately Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) arrives home. Ben stumbles and mutters a few words but, makes his escape into the night.

A few days later Ben contacts Mrs. Robinson to meet him at a hotel. The affair has begun and both parties are enjoying the heck out of it. Here comes the problem Ben's parents and Mr. Robinson want Ben to take out Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross). Ben finally concedes to taking her out but tries to be mean and takes her to a strip club. Elaine is mortified and finally Ben apologizes and tells her why he did it. They go and have a burger and Ben realizes that he gets along with Elaine very well. He still manages to carry on with Mrs. Robinson and she gets him to pledge not to take her out anymore. He can't keep the pledge and finally his conscience gets the best of him and he tells Elaine about the affair with her mother. Mrs. Robinson had been threatening to tell everyone anyway so he did it. Elaine is horrified and goes back to school.

With his father bothering him about grad school and his heart broken he tries to get back with Elaine. You must watch the rest of this movie because not only is it part of cinema history, it has one of the best endings ever made for film. This coming of age film has so many twists and turns you must keep up but man does it have a sound score. Director Mike Nichols brings us cinematic history with this film. The acting is beyond reproach. The film is a must see and you will definitely enjoy it.