The Graduate
First screened in Spring 1991 / Most recently screened in Spring 2015
Director: Mike Nichols. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels, Elizabeth Wilson, Brian Avery, Buck Henry. Screenplay: Buck Henry and Calder Willingham (based on the novel by Charles Webb).

Twitter Capsule: Blurs line between New Wave rule-breaking and antic straw-grasping. Zestily directed, but odd gaps, belabored motifs.

Second Capsule: American Beauty's smug, stylish father. Slick surface, inspired staging compensate for a story that may deserve less.

VOR:   Whatever my qualms about the film's integrity or about how fully it warrants its cultural stamina, there's no doubting its impact or the adventurous choices that made it so durable.

Photo © 1967 Embassy Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

(in Spring 1991: A)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Mike Nichols
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman
Best Supporting Actress: Katharine Ross
Best Adapted Screenplay: Calder Willingham & Buck Henry
Best Cinematography: Robert Surtees

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Director: Mike Nichols
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Anne Bancroft
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Dustin Hoffman
Best Screenplay: Calder Willingham & Buck Henry
Most Promising Newcomer (Female): Katharine Ross
Most Promising Newcomer (Male): Dustin Hoffman

Other Awards:
Directors Guild of America: Best Director
Writers Guild of America: Best Written American Comedy
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Picture; Best Director; Best Screenplay; Best Film Editing (Sam O'Steen); Most Promising Newcomer (Hoffman)

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