The Graduate is about a young man named Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman, who has just graduated from college and is fighting hard to avoid getting caught up in the very successful family business that his father wants him to become a part of. At his graduation party Ben meets his father’s business partners wife Mrs. Robinson played by Anne Bancroft. Mrs. Robinson decides that she has an attraction to Ben and begins seducing him. This provokes one of the most popular lines in movie history when Ben asks Mrs. Robinson “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” This kind of naïve play by Ben against the backdrop of the very experience, and very eager, Mrs. Robinson creates a story that is just full of all kinds of energy. There is tension, lust, nervousness, inexperience, and even a touch of macho in there all though it is debatable as to which character winds up displaying the most macho. In the end Ben and Mrs. Robinson call it off but it doesn’t end there. Ben begins dating, and falling in love with, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter Elaine who is played by Katharine Ross. From there the sparks really start to fly and Ben quickly begins to wish he was back in college again.
The Graduate was a huge box office success and made a star out of Dustin Hoffman. The movie had 7 Oscar nominations which included a nomination for Dustin Hoffman as best actor in a leading role and Anne Bancroft as best actress in a leading role. In the end Mike Nichols won the Oscar for best director and The Graduate when on to be recognized as one of the greatest movies of all time. Not to mention it also has a catchy song written by Simon and Garfunkel for it which to this day many people can still not get out of their heads.