The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film which tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), recently graduated from college with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then falls in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).
Ben returns home to California and at his homecoming party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner, asks him to drive her home. He is seduced by that woman who methodically chases the inexperienced young man and they have an affair. He is warned by her to stay away from her daughter Elaine, but both Mr. Robinson and Benjamin’s parents encourage him to meet her.
They fall in love, but when the girl learns he’s been having an affair with her own mother, she gets distressed and returns to Berkeley. After a while she resumes dating Ben. When her father discovers that , he takes her away from college to marry Carl, a classmate with whom she had briefly been involved.
Returning to Pasadena in search of Elaine, Benjamin breaks into the church just a moment after she is married. Anyway, both he and Elaine run out of the church and escape on a passing bus, at first elated with their romantic daring, and then a bit bewildered about their uncertain future.
When Dustin Hoffman auditioned for the role of Benjamin, he was asked to perform a love scene with actress Ross (Elaine) . Hoffman had never done one during his acting classes and believed that, as he said later, “a girl like Ross would never go for a guy like me in a million years.” Ross agreed even if she thought: ” Hoffman looks about 3 feet tall … so unkempt. This is going to be a disaster.”
Producer Joseph E. Levine later admitted that he at first believed that Hoffman “was one of the messenger boys.” Despite (or owing to) Hoffman’s awkwardness, he was chosen for the film.
The film soundtrack included Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “Scarborough Fair”.