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The Graduate

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Mike Nichols' gloriously iconic rites-of-passage story was the movie that first nudged Dustin Hoffman toward superstardom. He plays startled rabbit Benjamin Braddock, a college track hero who starts an affair with the rapacious wife of his father's boss (Anne Bancroft) before falling in love and eloping with her daughter. Hoffman's naivety ("Mrs Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?") was a crowd-pleaser, as was the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack.

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