I loved that seduction scene between Patricia Neal and Dustin Hoffman. Patricia Neal haunted my teenage dreams for years!
I meant Anne Bancroft. For some reason I always get Patricia Neal and Anne Bancroft confused. They both showed up for cameos in my dreams back then.
Always odd when you realize there were just a few years between them. Gene Hackman was slated to play Mr. Robinson. He would have probably brought greater depth to that role.
I always thought the Mr. Robinson role was well played, though a bit of a throw-away. Odd thing, each time I see this, I like it a little less than the time before, and I wonder why.
I have to admit the second half grows weaker now that we are so far from the sixties. And I find the scene where he takes Elaine to a strip club difficult to watch. But there are some great scenes-and this is one of them. Benjamin was not meant to be likable, I think. He was meant to be petulant, spoiled, and would turn out to be just like the "adults" he loathes probably.
The feel good movie of the year eh? :)
I always loved the ambiguity of the ending.
I have always thought that a sequel would be interesting. Ross and her one minute husband would have had to get divorced becaus ethey were married.And then Mike Nichols woulod have had a blast with Thanksgiving dinner. Hoffman would probably have taken a job in plastics to support Ross and the kids and when Hoffman's kids graduated from college, the cycle would have probably been repeated with maybe Diane Keaton as the new Mrs. Robinson with Hoffman going through much anguish knowing what was going to happen.
I am going to ask this question later this week. What happened to the two of them? And don't say that Ben began dressing like a woman.
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Well, RUMOR HAS IT was sort of a sequel. Great idea, poor execution.Has anyone read Charles Webb's novel?
No, but I hear it was very different. Nichols made it his own version of coming of age in the late sixties. He had lots of clout coming off of Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe and a few Broadway successes.
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