The Graduate

on December 22, 1967 by BOXOFFICE Staff
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   Described as a "satire on the Los Angelesization of the world," Embassy's "The Graduate" is essentially a sex comedy concerned with an incredibly naive college graduate, who receives his sexual matriculation with the wife of his parents' best friend, only to fall in love with the woman's daughter. If carefully sold, the Lawrence Turman-Mike Nichols co-production could be Joseph E. Levine's most popular entry in a long time. As Nichols' second directorial chore, the film resembles a series of cinematic Mike Nichols-Elaine May sketches in the earlier part, slowly moving toward a fantastic and heart-rending finale, the likes of which should have audiences jumping with joy, laughter and tears. The Calder Willingham-Buck Henry screenplay has some traces of unpleasantness and a plethora of sharp-edged digs at contemporary society. Newcomer Dustin Hoffman and Oscar-winner Anne Bancroft both survive initial hurdles of miscasting to give bravura performances, and lovely Katharine Ross couldn't be more appealing as the daughter. Robert Surtees' excellent Technicolor-Panavision cinematography is a standout feature. For the youthful audience, there will be the allure of the soundtrack of Top 40 Simon and Garfunkel songs. Embassy. 105 min. Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross and William Daniels
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