The Graduate script
The Graduate (1967)
Synopsis: The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The screenplay is by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, who appears in the film as a hotel clerk.

21INT. AIRPORT - MOVING SIDEWALK - NIGHT

Ben and the other passengers on the automatic sidewalk.

MAN'S VOICE

Your attention, please! American Airlines

Flight Number 4, 21 Club service, non-stop

to New York is now leaving from Gate

Number 40. All aboard, please.

28INT. BEN'S ROOM - NIGHT - CLOSEUP - BEN

His eyes are open and he is trying to remember something.

There are the SOUNDS of many people TALKING and LAUGHING

in other rooms. A RADIO nearby PLAYS MUSIC. After a

while, there is the SOUND of a DOOR OPENING. The SOUNDS

of the people TALKING are lower. MRS. TERHUNE'S voice

can be heard among them.

MRS. TERHUNE'S VOICE

-- associate editor of the college

newspaper in his junior year -

managing editor in his senior

year -

The SOUND of the DOOR CLOSING. Mrs. Terhune's VOICE and

the VOICES of the other guests FADE DOWN. Mrs. Terhune's

VOICE can be HEARD with varying clarity through the

remainder of the sequence.

After a few moments, there is the SOUND of a LIGHT SWITCH

being SNAPPED and light, as though from an overhead fixture,

falls across BEN's face. He does not move.

After a few moments, there is the SOUND of the RADIO being

SNAPPED OFF.

MR. BRADDOCK'S VOICE

What's the matter?

Ben's mouth opens a little bit and closes again.

MR. BRADDOCK'S VOICE

The guests are all downstairs,

Ben. They're all waiting to see you.

BEN:

Look, Dad - could you explain to

them that I have to be alone for

a while?

MR. BRADDOCK'S VOICE

These are all our good friends,

Ben. Most of them have known you

since - well - practically since

you were born.

Ben has not moved. Now the bed on which he is lying moves

as though someone has sat down upon it next to him.

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Calder Willingham

Calder Baynard Willingham, Jr. (December 23, 1922 – February 19, 1995) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Before the age of thirty, after just three novels and a collection of short stories, The New Yorker was already describing Willingham as having “fathered modern black comedy,” his signature a dry, straight-faced humor, made funnier by its concealed comic intent. His work matured over six more novels, including Eternal Fire (1963), which Newsweek said “deserves a place among the dozen or so novels that must be mentioned if one is to speak of greatness in American fiction.” He had a significant career in cinema, too, with screenplay credits that include Paths of Glory (1957), The Graduate (1967) and Little Big Man (1970). more…

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