The Frida Cinema

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The Graduate: 4K Restoration

The Graduate

Rialto presents a brand new 4K restoration of The Graduate, Mike Nichols’ 1967 classic!

Dustin Hoffman plays Benjamin Braddock, a newly-graduated student returning from college. While his family and others express excitement about his future, Ben is unsure of what to do with himself. This continues even after Mrs. Robinson, an alluring friend of the family, seduces and initiates an extramarital affair with him. Ben is content with this arrangement until he meets her daughter, who makes him feel him the spark so missing from his life.

Regarded as a landmark of American cinema, The Graduate is currently listed as the 17th entry on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies list of culturally significant films.


“Mike Nichols’ film makes such beguiling viewing largely because of Hoffman’s performance as Benjamin, which combines humour, boredom and panic in equal measure.” – Geoffrey Mcnab, The Independent

“Over fifty years after its theatrical release, comedy-drama The Graduate manages to hold up as one of the best films of all time.” – Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

“Feels as sly, modern and bracing as it must have in 1967.” – Tom Huddleston, Time Out