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on 25 July 2015
Bought this as a nostalgia trip. Not dated and still agreat film. DH is great
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on 6 February 2011
A romantic comedy that is short on both laughs and true romance. Yet stragely it works and i'm really not sure why. Perhaps its the screen presence of Hoffman and Bancroft, perhaps its the chemistry between the two, possibly its something else, i really couldnt say but it is rather an addictive film. Also, superb soundtrack
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on 26 November 2015
Love this film, love Dustin Hoffman, music good too
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on 16 March 2009
This is one of those films that as an impact on you that lasts a life time. The music and lessons you can learn here are universal. A fantastic soundtrack, wonderful story and acting. A must see.
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Mike Nichols cast Dustin Hoffman against the 'Hollywood stereotype' of the Californian blonde blue eyed idol youth in his ground breaking drama on sexual revolution of the sixties,Robert Redford was the studio favourite to essay this but the gamble paid off and revolutionised American cinema forever heralding a leading man who was rather average looking and devoid of the cheesecake charm associated with romantic dramas .

As the pinnacle of an upper middle class American youth Hoffman brought a fresh approach to the bourgeois Hollywood cliches of the 'boy next door 'and introduced the non traditionally anti-hero and silent rebel who lazes unabashed in his parents swimming pool while ignoring their laments and perpetual nagging and then gets himself seduced by the family friend Mrs.Robinson who not only robs him of his virginity but rewards American cinema with one of the best female characterisation ever as a feline temptress definitively defined by ANNE BANCROFT .

Hoffman is a diffident idle youth adrift in the sixties climate mentally and physically who claims he is working on some kind of a future project for future life to keep his parents off his backside ,but typically he next falls head over heels for Elaine[Katherine Ross ] , the only daughter of his scorned seductress .

Mrs.Robinson sabotages their short live love affair and Elaine runs away in disgust after discovering the incestuous truth ,as she decides to enter an arranged marriage our feckless graduate shows some signs of distress and strife and the rebel comes out in full glory contrary to the indifferent insolent youth in the earlier phase .

This is a milestone in American cinema as a sexual satire and a delightful romp on the swinging sixties but when you observe it closely the truth here is depicted guised as a bored bourgeois dysfunctional family torn apart by an incestuous crisis,the European avant-garde tones and funky and vividly eclectic visual style of the movie enhance its bizarre drama and satirical humour but this looks totally contemporary even today and simultaneously timeless in approach as it liberates both the sexes from their conventional suburban existence and sexual dilemmas .

Hoffman is a natural talent who acts as little as possible apposite to the Method approach but Anne Bancroft ,who is an even greater artist in her supercilious,arrogant and sexually confident middle aged character portraying an icy bitter and ambiguous mother and wife .

The conventional rules here are suffocated in an irreverent comedy of manners and the institution of marriage is shown as redundant in this social milieu where only sex is sacrosanct in suburban boredom .

The Simon & Garfunkel musical score is evergreen with a lyrical relevance to both the theme and era and is captured by crisp editing and ingenious angles by the sumptuous camerawork .

This is Mike Nichols at his cerebral best and he has created a trend-setter not just modifying existing casting tabboos but innovatively frames his visuals in surreal images as he observes a consumer culture where intellect is suffocated by random boredom and lust rules the roost .

He reviews the morbid traditionalist social values with purposefully uneven images as imposed on screen in a staccato rhythm and delivers an ambiguous inconclusive truth without any inhibitions .

It is paradoxically artistic and entertaining in the most balanced cinematic achievement from America in the sixties and a triumph for the triumvirate of NICHOLS ,BANCROFT AND HOFFMAN.
A definitive suburban Amewrican classic about the fascinating Sixties phenomena .
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on 23 June 2007
The theme of an innocent and confused youth who is exploited, mis-directed, seduced (literally and figuratively) and betrayed by a corrupt, decadent, and discredited older generation (that finds its stability in "plastics") was well understood by film audiences and captured the spirit of the times. One of the film's posters proclaimed the difficult coming-of-age for the recent, aimless college graduate:

This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future.

The two different generations are also reflected in other dualities: the two rival women (young innocent daughter Elaine and the older seductress Mrs. Robinson), the two California settings (Los Angeles and Berkeley) and S. and N. California cultures (materialistic vs. intellectual), and the division in Benjamin's character (morally drifting and indecisive vs. committed).

There was already a growing dissatisfaction with the status quo and middle-class values, and the breakthrough film mirrored that anarchic mood perfectly for America's youth of the 60s during the escalation of the Vietnam War. However, in the final analysis, director Nichols actually subversively portrayed how aimless and unalive the disaffected young generation was (in the character of Benjamin) - and would become as they approached middle-age and worked in sterile corporate settings. [In the same year, it joined Bonnie and Clyde (1967) as one of the most popular films for the college-aged generation.] It was complemented by the music of the popular singing duo Simon and Garfunkel from their Grammy-winning The Sounds of Silence album (with songs composed earlier and previously-released except for "Mrs. Robinson"), with meaningful, haunting lyrics to enhance the film's moods and themes.
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on 6 April 2016
Got here quickly. No problems with disc
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on 23 September 2015
Classic film with great cast. 10 / 10
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on 16 March 2003
From the start this movie sticks in the viewer's mind so that you can't turn away from it. Not only does the plot keep you sat in your seat with eyes glued to the screen, but the kitsch styling is not only enticing for the viewer who remembers the original release but also for many generations, like mine, who appreciate the revival of 60/70's fashion. It has a sexual fairytale quality with an edge of realism which makes it even more essential viewing. It can be watched again and again without growing bored of the ever appealing plot. I watched this a few years ago for the first time and now its one of my favourite movies, allowing the actors that I only see as ageing stars now to show that they were indeed better than many of today's young stars.
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on 15 June 2015
Best ending to a film of all time
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