Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his "Homecoming" party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter. Written by
Dustin Hoffman rehearsed the scene in which he knocks on the glass wall of the church by pounding heavily, causing the entire thing to shake. At that point, the frustrated church's priest or pastor threatened to throw the entire film company out. A crew member suggested that Hoffman spread his arms wide and knock softly. This posture has led many to opine that the moment was invoking a crucifixion -- rather than being careful of the plate glass. See more »
In the German-dubbed version, pronounced footsteps (of the kind produced by stilettos and boots walking on concrete) are heard when Mrs. Robinson and Benjamin walk up to the former's house, even though they are walking on soft grass. See more »
Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin our descent into Los Angeles. The sound you just heard is the landing gear locking into place. Los Angeles weather is clear; temperature is 72. We expect to make our 4 hour and 18 minute flight on schedule. We have enjoyed having you on board, and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Dustin Hoffman is outstanding in his breakthrough role as a troubled young adult who is worried about his future. His awkwardness is endearing and universal. To this day, there are people who can relate to his Ben Braddock.
The music is one of the biggest accomplishments of this film. Simon and Garfunkel perfectly depict Ben's moods throughout the movie with their timeless classics.
Overall, this movie is well-written, well-played, and well-directed. It is a humorous and sensitive account of the difficulties of a young adult. It is definitely worth viewing.
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