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The Graduate

The Graduate is a 1967 comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb, who wrote the piece shortly after graduating from Williams College.

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FUN Trivia Quizzes powered by ABE1. The film tells the story of Ben Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman), a recent university graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, and then falls in love with her daughter Elaine. Who played Mrs. Robinson?

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Anne Bancroft
  • Doris Day

2. Who played Elaine Robinson?

  • Natalie Wood
  • Sally Field
  • Katharine Ross

3. In the promotional poster for the film, Mrs. Robinson's leg is not that of Anne Bancroft, but of the then-unknown model. Who was the model?

  • Karen Black
  • Linda Gray
  • Jayne Seymour

4. Paul Simon wrote two songs for the film that director Mike Nichols rejected: "Punky's Dilemma" and "A Hazy Shade of Winter". Both appear on the Simon and Garfunkel "Bookends" album. The song "Mrs. Robinson" was not written for the movie; it was the working title of a song Simon was then writing (originally called "Mrs. Roosvelt", and about Eleanor Roosevelt) and Nichols decided to include it. Simon and Garfunkel only sing the chorus but none of the verses of the later hit song.

  • True or False?

5. Who played Mrs. Robinson's husband Mr. Robinson?

  • Murray Hamilton
  • Murray Wills
  • Mark Reynolds

6. The film ran 105 minutes. What was the release date?

  • December 21, 1967
  • January 21, 1968
  • November 21, 1967

7. Mr. McGuire said: "I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics." Who played Mr. McGuire?

  • James L. Brooks
  • Walter Brooke
  • Mel Brooks

8. Charles Grodin was cast as Benjamin, but the deal fell apart following a disagreement over salary. Mike Nichols still offered him a part in Catch-22 (1970), which he was already scheduled to direct.

  • True or False?

9. Who made their movie debut?

  • Mike Farrell
  • Gene Arthur
  • Maggen Campbell

10. Richard Dreyfuss has his first film role in this movie, a small and uncredited one, and only one line: "Shall I get the cops? I'll get the cops."

  • True or False?

The Graduate Answers

  1. Anne Bancroft
  2. Katharine Ross
  3. Linda Gray
  4. True
  5. Murray Hamilton
  6. December 21, 1967
  7. Walter Brooke
  8. True
  9. Mike Farrell
  10. True

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