Mike Nichols’ adult, sexy, stylish movie, The Graduate, brought the under-30s into theaters in droves and planted the seed for a college-revolt trend that lasted a decade. In his first big role, Dustin Hoffman played the dorky and alienated Benjamin Braddock, who doesn’t know what to do with his life. One of his father’s friends whispers in his ear, ”Plastics,” but Benjamin follows his own instincts, brining his middle-class upbringing down around his — and everyone else’s — ears. As Mrs. Robinson, Anne Bancroft gave renewed hope to both older women and younger men. A

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