Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Graduate (50th Anniversary)” (Giveaway runs March 24 – April 8)

Win Tickets to see “The Graduate” on the Big Screen!
in Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday, April 23 & Wednesday, April 26!

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”

Yay! The Contest is over and the winners are:
Britney, Shelia, Phil, Carrie, Tomas, Andrew, Brad, and Samantha. Check back on Friday 4/21 because we’ll be announcing our next Ticket Giveaway then…

CMH is thrilled to announce the 5th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Graduate” – the timeless classic starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft— the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, April 8 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, April 9, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

The Graduate TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

About the film:

Dustin Hoffman stars as the confused, floundering Benjamin Braddock, a new college graduate who seems to have no ambition in life until he crosses paths with the very married Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft).

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, April 8 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post


What is it about “The Graduate” that, in your opinion, makes it a Classic? And, if you haven’t seen it, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:

Just entered to win tickets to see “The Graduate” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub


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53 Responses to Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Graduate (50th Anniversary)” (Giveaway runs March 24 – April 8)

  1. James Herington says:

    The Graduate remains in our cultural memory as the quintessential youth picture of its time; it is a portrait of New America (the 60s) versus Old (the 50s), with themes, narrative devices, and cinematic techniques influenced by European and avant-garde movies and popularized in television commercials. Its soundtrack alone became a huge bestselling album, featuring pop songs that, even when not obviously connected to the actions or the characters on screen, added a certain tone. This is a method used (some say overused) to this day, particularly in movies about love and angst among younger generations. Regardless of what one reads into the movie’s ideas, intentions, and effects, it certainly signaled a fresh, freer, and more daring Hollywood, paving the way for the new directors and bold films that emerged in the following decade.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi James, I’ve looked everywhere and cannot find your tweet. Could you please confirm that you tweeted — or just let me know by commenting back here if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

  2. Javier Valverde says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    I think what makes The Graduate a classic is the amazing direction that Mike Nichols gave, capturing the changing mores of the times in the 1960s on film. Those changing mores are captured perfectly in this film. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross and all the cast gave amazing performances and Mike Nichols was the anchor that held them together. Also the inclusion of Simon and Garfunkel in the soundtrack was genius on his part.

  3. Britney Coffin says:

    From its stellar director (Mike Nichols), phenomenal cast (Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross…etc) to its classic soundtrack (music from Simon and Garfunkel) this movie is undoubtedly a masterpiece.
    Within the script, The Graduate takes the very serious subjects of both the reality of growing up and dealing with mistakes made as an adolescent (in this film Benjamin’s affair with an older, married woman) and gives it an equal dose of seriousness and comedy. And somehow, we are also given a tortuous and exciting love story which works perfectly in the script. A challenge of multiple storylines completed and mastered.
    Dustin Hoffman also produces one of his best performances. The audience not only sees his awkwardness towards growing older but also feels it. There’s a sense of sincerity in his performance. His character’s genuine despair and regret and Hoffman’s impeccable comedic timing makes for some great, funny moments.
    I first saw The Graduate in a film class back in high school and it has resonated with me since. Not only is it now one of my favourite films, but it was a significant inspiration in my decision to study and pursue filmmaking.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Britney, Sent you an email and some tweets. Please respond to the email by tomorrow (Sun) 8PM EST. Thanks!

  4. Daniel says:

    If you haven’t seen it, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?
    The Graduate is one of those movies that I have always wanted to see, but never got around to it. It’s about time I remedy that! And what better way to see & hear it than on a big screen in a theater with a loud sound system. Crank up the S&G!!!

    *I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Oh this is definitely going to be a good one on the Big Screen! Thanks for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  5. C. J. Baptista says:

    I collect “Classic Films” and, I confess, I’ve never seen The Graduate! A competition like this will make an honest cinephile out of me, if I win a chance (and definite reason) to finally watch it! Thank you!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi C.J. Please don’t forget to tweet the message, and if you don’t have a twitter account, simply comment back her to let me know that you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

  6. Collinann N. says:

    There are many things that makes The Graduate a classic movie, in my opinion. The strong acting by its lead actors. Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross. Many differing attitudes among the characters coming from the late 1960s as well as many social themes being woven into the storyline fabric. Times were progressive. “Plastics” as the movie quotes. In that case, juxtaposition is an appropriate word to describe Benjamin’s place in the movie. Those weren’t hard to stick in the minds of viewers.

    Not to mention, the soundtrack composed of Simon & Garfunkel music is iconic and a bonus!
    “and here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson…..”

  7. tracy says:

    i love the graduate! i first saw the movie in my film studies class in college not knowing much about the movie. what stood out to me was the use of the camera and how it took it into Ben’s perspective. Even when he is all dressed up in the diving suit about to walk into the pool, we see how Ben just doesnt care. He just walked right in and stoood in the bottom of the pool. Also his interaction with Mrs Robinson is classic. She loves Ben and Ben loves her daughter, which he gets into so much trouble for! Elaine and Ben have this chemestry that is just perfect.

  8. Sherry Doak says:

    I would love to win tickets. Just entered to win tickets to see “The Graduate” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Sherry, I see that you added the twitter message here, but I can’t seem to find your actually tweet. Please remember to tweet the message, and of course, if you don’t have twitter just let me know by commenting back here. Thanks so much!

  9. Shelia says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
    OH YES! The Graduate! I’m not a movie historian, but that may be the first ‘cougar’ movie making it a Classic for that reason. But as far as classic Classics…isn’t that one of the recurring ‘classic’ Greek Mythology themes?
    No matter. A stellar performance by Dustin to being bowled over!! And so sad for the bride. And, of course, it produced the enduring song. Would love to watch it again up close and personal.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Interesting point about cougars 🙂 Such a wonderful film and soundtrack. I think it will be fantastic on the Big Screen. Thanks for entering and Good Luck!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Congratulations Shelia, you are one of our winners. Please let me know if you don’t get my email. Thanks!

    • Shelia says:

      We just saw it….LOVE the ending where Benjamin is on the bus with a subtle look of satisfaction that he finally got it right!!
      Thanks Fathom events!

  10. Liliana Radwanski says:

    Well besides the chemistry between a young Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft , there was a great soundtreack.This soundtrack still resonates to our Generation and the Gen Dr’s and maybe to the Millenials.
    Anne Bancroft was the older woman.she was still gorgeous and vibrant in this film. She and Dustin lit up the screen.Katherine Ross as Anne’s daughter Elaine was a newcomer.Moments never forgotten for med were,
    “Mrs Robinson, you’re trying too seduce me”. And after Dustin’s character calls in Love with Elaine Robinson and her mother angrily confesses her affair .the movement at the church when Dustin shouts,” Elaine, Elaine”!!!all He’ll breaks loose and she runs away with him.
    I want to see this film classic with my sister.I loved it since I was little.I love the Simon and Garfunkle Soundtrack..she and I want to see it on the big screen.
    it is One of the most Loved films ever made.

    • Shelia says:

      A tidbit Liliana. The host said that Dustin was 29 playing the 20yo Benjamin. That Bancroft was only 7 years older than him and that Elaine was 9 years younger than her. So I’d say they pulled that off pretty well.

  11. Phil Wolff says:

    “The Graduate” is a Classic for its last, long, lingering, wordless shot. After such a driven, talky flick, letting the camera linger on the young couple was a darkly comic contrast.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Phil, Sent you an email and some tweets. Please respond to the email by tomorrow (Sun) 8PM EST. Thanks!

  12. Adam VanHandel says:

    For some silly reason, I’ve never seen The Graduate. It’s been at the top of my list of movies to watch, but I guess I’m too lazy! In theaters definitely seems like the best way to see this classic for the first time. Plus the soundtrack is fantastic!

  13. Carrie says:

    I have never seen the film but look forward to seeing it on the big screen. I do have a friend whose mom is Mrs. Robinson. 😉

  14. Ashley Hinz says:

    I’m not sure why. Maybe because it was so unusual for it’s time. A dark comedy. There were other films done earlier, in a similar fashion, but in none of those is the main character taken advantage of. There is so much toying with other people’s emotions in it. Even Katherine Ross is being taken advantage of by fiance. It’s a kind of cult classic. Either you appreciate it, or you don’t.

  15. Liliana Radwanski says:

    I tweeted already.and I tweeted again, in case you did not see the first one.

  16. Tomas Lynch says:

    The movie is a classic because it represents eternal youth. Far beyond Mrs. Robinson’s love affar, it lies whatever teenager or young adult would have to confront at their age: uncertainty. Ben is depressed after returning from college, Elaine is going to marry just because society says so. Their faces at the back of the bus at the end of the movie is what makes this movie a classic.

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  17. DAVID HILL says:

    It is one of the best.

  18. Andrew Hoover says:

    What makes “The Graduate” so great is its timeless final shot of clueless youth discovering their cluelessness.

  19. Sarah Packard says:

    It’s just a timeless classic – still relevant, still funny, surprising and sexy. And Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft at the top of their game! I’d love to see it on the big screen. 🙂

  20. Suzanne says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
    I was pretty young when this movie came out but I remember all the talk about it. It was pretty scandalous in my small town. I saw it when I was older and was amazed at how it captured the divide between those two generations. The older generation was exposed as not being the pillars of society that we kids thought they were, but fallible humans like everyone else. They drank, took pills and slept around just like the “hippies” did, but it was all done so oh so discretely. Benjamin and Elaine were honest about who they were and the ending was just classic. Great music too!

  21. Nicole says:

    I think a large part of it is that the film so captures the energy of the time. I think a lot of classic films are classic because they in some way encapsulate the time period they were birthed in, and I think The Graduate captures the heady discontent of sixties America down to the Simon and Garfunkel score.

  22. Chris says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    So glad to see that TCM included this film in the theater series this year! It’s been ages since I have seen The Graduate, so I am really excited to see it again. I think the coming of age/loss of innocence storyline and the soundtrack are what makes this a classic. Looking forward to it!!

  23. Brad Harju says:

    I think the Graduate is a classic because of the actors, the music and the cinematography. It also shows a period of time and the wardrobe, makeup and hairstyles that were around during that time.

  24. I only recently discovered The Graduate (about a year ot two ago out of the twleve that I have been a fan of classic film), but it completely fascinated me. Mike Nichols crafted the film like an artisan, and managed to include stunning visual imagery without making the end result seem pretentious. I could go on and on about every single thing that I loved about it, but like most people, I ended up falling in love with Anne Bancroft’s marvelous performance and the flawless soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel, which has recently become my favorite film soundtrack of all time (which is saying a lot). The entire movie from start to finish is so dreamlike, and it made me realize that films from the sixties could also transport the audience to another world. When I first got into classic movies, I tried to stay away from the decade as much as possible, feeling that it was too far forward in time to really be considered classic, but The Graduate changed everything for me, and the sixties is now my favorite decade in film. It would be such a great experience to see this picture on the big screen as it was meant to be seen, and to take my good friend that I introduced this film to. She told me afterward that it was her favorite of all of the old movies that I’d shown her, and Dustin Hoffman’s now her favorite actor!

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  25. Ricky Borrego says:

    Young love, seduction, set at the backdrop of despair annnd not to mention one the most iconic lines in cinema.

  26. Mark PAGAN says:

    So evocative of a transition between eras.
    My favorite aside about encountering Graduate: 1st time I saw it was on b’cast TV. To avoid the language of the scene inside the church – so many cursing Benjamin’s intrusion – *all* the dialog was muted! and I thought, that’s just brilliant, he’s deaf to their hateful noise. Years later, I bought the Criterion laserdisc and was taken aback: plenty of dialog for all to hear, no change for Benjamin’s POV (so to say). Had to #SMH, edited for goddamned television. All props to TCM for ignoring that notion.

  27. Connie Hsu says:

    Honestly, what makes THE GRADUATE a Classic is its memorable Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack! But no, not only that, THE GRADUATE is a classic because it captures the aimlessness and disillusionment of youth of that era and essentially captures that era for generations to come. At the same time, the film is by no means dated. There’s something familiar about the feeling of disillusionment coming right out of college and not knowing what to do….and all that makes this film a classic.

  28. reba says:

    I love “The Graduate” what ever screen it’s on. Dustin Hoffman man/boy delema, rashly making poor decisions in a world that demands answers of youth. Everyone’s eloquent answers make mine look childish, but I’d love to take my man-child son to see this movie.
    Especially with the ending, it just incites dialog. And what’s cooler than meaningful dialog with a being you created.

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