The Graduate (1967)

Dustin Hoffman, in his acting debut, plays a recent college grad who has a fling with a friend of his parents (Anne Bancroft) and then falls in love with her daughter (Katharine Ross). However, it’s much more than that. Hoffman’s naivety plays off Bancroft’s seductiveness quite well. Furthermore, Hoffman gives quite a memorable comic performance. “Oh yes, the Singleman party. Ah…thank you.” The film’s message of rebellion still somewhat rings true long after it’s relevance has passed. Shall I go on? Unparalleled use of music to set mood; great camerawork in each scene; Oscar winning direction…not to mention Ross is quite a babe. Oh and I have to mention the soundtrack…it’s all Simon & Garfunkle. No complaints there. Altogether, a landmark film of the 60s.

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Oscar Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)
Best Actress (Anne Bancroft)
Best Supporting Actress (Katharine Ross)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography

Oscar Awards
Best Director (Mike Nichols)