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6 /10
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9.43 /10
Anne Bancroft , Dustin Hoffman , Katharine Ross
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Directed by: Mike Nichols
Written by: Calder Willingham, Buck Henry from Charles Webb's novel

Released: 1967
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 105


A graduate (Dustin Hoffman) feels alienated from his parents' expectations; he has an affair with a middle-aged neighbour (Anne Bancroft), then decides he prefers her daughter (Katharine Ross).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Acclaimed on release as the definitive statement about the generation gap, this now looks like a fairly tame sex comedy with a facile view of the older, wealth-creating generation, a misogynistic view of middle-aged sexuality, and a highly unconvincing ending. It's still notable, however, for Dustin Hoffman's funniest screen performance, Anne Bancroft's sex appeal (which totally overshadows her daughter's), and Simon and Garfunkel's (over-repetitive) score. Robert Surtees's photography was Oscar-nominated.

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