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.

MR. BRADDOCK'S VOICE

What is it, Ben?

The CAMERA BEGINS TO PULL BACK SLOWLY.

BEN:

I'm just -

MR. BRADDOCK

- worried?

BEN:

Well -

MR. BRADDOCK

About what?

Ben

I guess - about my future.

MR. BRADDOCK

What about it?

BEN:

I don't know. I want it to be -

MR. BRADDOCK

To be what?

BEN:

(quietly)

Different.

As Ben says this, the door to the bedroom opens and

MRS. BRADDOCK looks in.

MRS. BRADDOCK

Is anything wrong?

MR. BRADDOCK

No! No - we're just on our way

downstairs!

Mr. Braddock gets off the bed and goes to a chair and

picks up Ben's jacket which is lying across it.

MRS. BRADDOCK

The Carlsons' are here.

MR. BRADDOCK

(to Mrs. Braddock)

They are?

(to Ben)

Come on.

Mr. Braddock puts the jacket on Ben.

MRS. BRADDOCK

They came all the way from

Tarzana.

MR. BRADDOCK

It's a wonderful thing to have

so many devoted friends.

They move out of the door, Mr. Braddock steering Ben.

29INT. HALLS AND STAIRWAY - NIGHT

PHIL and MIMI CARLSON are coming up the stairs as the

Braddocks are moving down.

MR. CARLSON

Hey - there's our award winning

scholar.

MRS. CARLSON

We're all very proud of you,

Ben.

BEN:

Thank you, Mrs. Carlson.

MR. CARLSON

Is that the new car out there?

The little red Wop job?

MR. BRADDOCK

That's Ben's graduation present.

MR. CARLSON

(putting his arm

across Ben's shoulder)

Won't have much trouble picking

them up in that, will you?

BEN:

Sir?

MR. CARLSON

The girls. The chicks. The -

the teeny boppers.

MRS. CARLSON

I think Ben has gotten beyond

the teeny bopper stage - haven't

you, Ben?

Mrs. Carlson gives Ben a broad wink. Ben tries to smile

and return the wink politely.

BEN:

Yes, ma'am.

They reach the hall at the bottom of the stairs.

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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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