Dustin Hoffman Signed The Graduate Display

"Would you like me to seduce you?"

This superb display consists of an iconic 14x11 scene from the classic 1967 film The Graduate, together with the signature of  the legendary Dustin Hoffman (Benjamin Braddock). It has been professionally double matted using acid free materials and is a must for any movie buff! In The Graduate the action is mainly seen through the eyes of Benjamin Braddock a confused twenty-one year old, who is worried about his future but who does not simply want to follow the commercial path of his affluent family and their friends. His life becomes complicated when he is embroiled in an affair with an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner. It becomes impossible when he falls in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine.


Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Hoffman consistently knocked out critics and audiences in a variety of roles, playing a doomed Devil's Island prisoner in Papillon, hounded comedian Lenny Bruce in Lenny (Oscar-nominated), and Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein in All the President's Men. Often described as taking "Method" techniques to the point of absurdity, he once kept himself awake for days to look more tired for a scene in 1976's Marathon Man.Constantly looking for challenges, Hoffman played an ex-con in Straight Time (1978) and earned some of the best reviews of his career (and some of his worst for 1979's Agatha). He then took a much warmer role, becoming a modern Everyman in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) as a careerist man whose wife walks out on him, leaving him to raise their son-and reorder the priorities in his life. The performance earned him an Academy Award. Several years later he took another sharp turn, tackling a role that some people thought unplayable: a failed actor who disguises as a woman and achieves great success on TV. The film was Tootsie (1982), an enormous hit which earned Hoffman an Oscar nomination and convinced whatever naysayers were left that there was nothing he couldn't do.


The year 1991 saw him cast as two legendary bad guys: gangster Dutch Schultz in Billy Bathgate and Captain Hook in ...Hook (a performance he based, in part, on William F. Buckley, with some Terry-Thomas thrown in). In 1992 he put a new slant on Ratso Rizzo as the title character in Hero then played a heroic army medical researcher in Outbreak (1995). Blockbusters have continued to flow steadily ever since - with 2005 seeing him turn in a memorable comic performance in Meet The Fockers.


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Few films have defined a generation as The Graduate did. The alienation, the nonconformity, the intergenerational romance, the blissful Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack--they all served to lob a cultural grenade smack into the middle of 1967 America, ultimately making the film the third most profitable up to that time. Seen from a later perspective, its radical chicness has dimmed a bit, yet it's still a joy to see Dustin Hoffman's bemused Benjamin and Anne Bancroft's deliciously decadent, sardonic Mrs. Robinson. The script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham is still offbeat and dryly funny, and Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for his direction, has just the right, light touch.


This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future.


Features at a glance.....


Dustin Hoffman


The Graduate


16x14 inches

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