THE GRADUATE
1967, Tamasa, 105 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

In this iconic 1960s classic, Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate in search of direction in his life. He soon finds himself having an affair with the wife of his father’s partner, Mrs. Robinson (the fabulous Anne Bancroft). Things get even more complicated when he falls for Mrs. Robinson’s beautiful, level-headed daughter (Katharine Ross). Featuring an unmatched soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel, and the riotously funny, generation-defining line of dialogue, "Plastics."


STRAW DOGS
1971, Walt Disney Co., 118 min, UK, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

“The knock at the door meant the birth of one man and the death of seven others!” Enormously controversial and banned in Britain upon its initial release, this tale of an intellectual pacifist (Dustin Hoffman), pushed to the limit by a sadistic, hard-drinking family of hooligans, was cut by several minutes in the U.S., excluding graphic footage of spouse Susan George's rape and the bone-jarring, blood-drenched climax, which softened the ferocious impact of Peckinpah’s allegory of supposedly civilized humans reverting to their most primitive state. Nominated for Best Original Score at the 1972 Oscars.


MIDNIGHT COWBOY
1969, MGM Repertory, 113 min, USA, Dir: John Schlesinger

A shocking, poignant study of being down and out in the Big Apple. Jon Voight as hustler Joe Buck and Dustin Hoffman as Ratso Rizzo give touchstone performances of the New Hollywood era. Winner of three Oscars, including Best Picture.


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