The graduate [videorecording] /

by Turman, Lawrence; Willingham, Calder; Henry, Buck; Nichols, Mike; Bancroft, Anne; Hoffman, Dustin; Ross, Katharine; Daniels, William; Hamilton, Murray; Surtees, Robert; O'Steen, Sam; Simon, Paul; Grusin, Dave; Webb, Charles Richard; Embassy Pictures Corp; MGM Home Entertainment Inc; Simon and Garfunkel.
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c1999Edition: Special ed.Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 106) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 0792842707 :; 9780792842705.Language note: English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned.Title notes: $19.99 ; Reinstated 4/1/2009Subject(s): College graduates -- Drama | Man-woman relationships -- Drama | Youth -- Conduct of life -- Drama | Feature films | Comedy films | Films for the hearing impaired | Videos (DVD)Academy Award (1967): Best Director (Nichols).Cast: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton.Summary: A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into an affair with the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"Just one word: plastic." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons' daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben -- but to what? Directing his second feature film after Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nichols matched the story's satire of suffocating middle-class shallowness with an anti-Hollywood style influenced by the then-voguish French New Wave. Using odd angles, jittery editing, and evocative widescreen photography, Nichols welded a hip New Wave style and a generation-gap theme to a fairly traditional screwball comedy script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham from Charles Webb's novel. Adding to the European art film sensibility, the movie offers an unsettling and ambiguous ending with no firm closure. And rather than Robert Redford, Nichols opted for a less glamorous unknown for the pivotal role of Ben, turning Hoffman into a star and opening the door for unconventional leading men throughout the 1970s. With a pop-song score written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel bolstering its contemporary appeal, The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director. Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late '60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic "renaissance" of the early '70s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

$19.99 ; Reinstated 4/1/2009

DVD, Dolby digital stereo surround, widescreen, aspect ratio: 2.35:1.

English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned.

Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton.

Director of photography, Robert Surtees ; editor, Sam O'Steen ; songs, Paul Simon, Dave Grusin ; performed by Simon and Garfunkel.

Based on the novel by Charles Webb.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1967.

MPAA rating: PG.

A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into an affair with the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner.

Special features: behind-the scenes documentary on the making of the film; exclusive interview with Dustin Hoffman; collectible booklet; original theatrical trailer.

Academy Award (1967): Best Director (Nichols).

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Library Journal Review

From its provocative poster art prominently featuring a woman's leg to its pop music sound track showcasing Simon & Garfunkel to its catchy piece of career advice-"plastics"-offered to its amusingly confused protagonist, Mike Nichols's classic romantic comedy encapsulates the mid-Sixties "generation gap" cultural zeitgeist. In his career-making role, Dustin Hoffman earns top marks as college grad Ben, who is having an affair with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) while dating her daughter (Katharine Ross). This new high-def upgrade gets an A-plus. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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