Mike Nichols’ THE GRADUATE starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft BACK IN THEATERS FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY


New York-based specialty distributor Rialto Pictures and Studiocanal will release Mike Nichols’ groundbreaking THE GRADUATE, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, in new 4K digital prints beginning in April.
The 50 anniversary restoration had its World Premiere earlier this month at the TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, as the centerpiece event of this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. The new GRADUATE restoration will play in over 700 movie theaters nationwide on April 23 and 26, as part of TCM and Fathom Events’ monthly “TCM Big Screen Classics” series.
The new restoration will also screen at this year’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna and will be released theatrically and as a special edition Home Entertainment release in all Studiocanal territories (France, Germany, U.K., Australia and New Zealand) throughout the summer.
Hoffman, in his star-making, breakout role, is Benjamin Braddock, the college track star suddenly adrift after graduation, and ripe for seduction by an older, married woman: Bancroft’s coldly calculating friend-of-the-family Mrs. Robinson. When Ben ultimately falls for dream girl Elaine (Katharine Ross), who happens to be the Robinsons’ daughter, it sets up a love triangle like no other in American films up to that time.
Adapted from the Charles Webb novel by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham (which immortalized the word “plastics” in the lexicon of hip expressions), THE GRADUATE was the biggest box office surprise of the decade, nominated for seven Oscars® andwinning for director Nichols’ sophomore effort. The classic “Top 40” score by Simon & Garfunkel started a new, youthful trend in soundtrack music as well.


About Rialto Pictures

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the gold standard of reissue distributors,” New York-based Rialto Pictures was founded in 1997 by BruceGoldstein. Adrienne Halpern joined him as Co-President a year later. A specialist in the release of film classics, Rialto holds rights to films by Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Godard, Fellini, Renoir, Antonioni, De Sica, Resnais, Buñuel, Jules Dassin, Carol Reed, Jean-Pierre Melville, and many others. Upcoming releases include John Schlesinger’s A Kind Of Loving, De Sica’s Il Boom,and the much anticipated centennial celebration of Melville’s films. Rialto has had a close partnership with Studiocanal on much of the French company’s classic library and for the past five years has been the domestic theatrical distributor of Studiocanal’s catalogue.


STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, rights acquisition, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series. It operates directly in all three major European markets, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. STUDIOCANAL is also present in the USA and in China. STUDIOCANAL has fully-financed recent box office hits like Paddington, Shaun the Sheep and Non-Stop. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include The Commuter featuring Liam Neeson, the highly anticipated Paddington 2 by Paul King, and Aardman Studios’ stop-motion movies Early Man by Nick Park and Shaun the Sheep 2. STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning production companies including Tandem Productions in Germany (Crossing Lines, Spotless), the UK’s RED Production Company (The Five, Happy Valley) and BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Grand Hotel, Velvet). Additionally, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting more than 9000 original titles from 60 countries, including 6000 films. STUDIOCANAL’s parent company, CANAL+ Group, is fully-owned by Vivendi, a global media and content production and distribution group.