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Auction History Result
1c401 GRADUATE pre-Awards Embassy 1/2sheet '68 great image of Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft in bed!Date Sold 6/24/2008
Sold For: $1,238.00
An Original Vintage Unfolded Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28") (Learn More)
The Graduate, the classic 1968 Mike Nichols (winner of the Best Director Academy Award for this movie) coming-of-age romantic melodrama (nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; "'Benjamin do you find me undesirable?' 'Oh, no Mrs. Robinson. I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends.'"; "This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future."; "'Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me...aren't you?'"; "Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry"; about a college graduate who becomes involved with the wife of his father's business partner and then romances her daughter) starring Anne Bancroft (in her nominated for Best Actress Academy Award role; as Mrs. Robinson), Dustin Hoffman (in his nominated for Best Actor Academy Award role as Benjamin Braddock), Katharine Ross (in her nominated for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award role; as Elaine Robinson), William Daniels (as Mr. Braddock), Murray Hamilton (as Mr. Robinson), Elizabeth Wilson (as Mrs. Braddock), Buck Henry (who wrote the screenplay, as the "Room Clerk"), Norman Fell (as Mr. McCleery), and a young Richard Dreyfuss (in a bit part, but he does have a speaking part!)
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Important Added Info: Note that when this classic movie was first released in 1968, there were two regular one-sheets, and one half-sheet. One one-sheet had a line drawing of a woman's leg, and the other has the classic image of Bancroft's stockinged leg with Hoffman behind her and the great tagline "This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future". The half-sheet had an equally classic image of Hoffman and Bancroft in bed with the quote beginning "Benjamin - do you find me undesirable?". To further complicate things, Embassy Releasing released the movie in the United States, and United Artists released it outside the United States. Both studios issued both styles of one-sheets, and the half-sheet, so there are four different original release one-sheets (the ones from United Artists say "1SH FOR." on the back) and two original half-sheets. To make things even more complicated, right after the movie won several Academy Awards, new posters were printed with "Academy Award Winner" added to the area at top (the fact that this large area had been left blank says to me that they had planned in advance to add this after the Academy Awards). The pre-award one-sheets, especially the "This is Benjamin" style and the pre-Awards half-sheet, from both Embassy and United Artists are the most desireable posters from this movie. Offered in this auction is the pre-awards half-sheet poster from Embassy Pictures. Also note that this poster has never been machine folded! Most half-sheet posters were folded once horizontally and once vertically right off of the printing press. It is very difficult to find an unfolded example of most half-sheets, especially from before 1970!
Condition: very good to fine.
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