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I LOVE 1967

The Graduate
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The Graduate

The Graduate, the archetypal coming-of-age comedy.

Confused college graduate Hoffman is pulled every which way by family and friends. He reacts by jumping into bed with his father's golf buddy's wife.

He carries on the affair even after falling for her daughter, leading to harsh reprisals and the famous car race sequence featuring music penned by folksters Simon and Garfunkel.

Doris Day was originally approached to play the elder temptress Mrs Robinson but turned it down stating it was too trashy. Anne Bancroft took the role that became every teenage boy's fantasy.

A London stage production of the film, starring Kathleen Turner, was a huge success in 2000. Soon wagon trains of ageing US actresses were heading for Britain to audition for the part.

1967 Films: The Graduate | Bonnie & Clyde | Barbarella

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