San Francisco in Cinema: The Graduate

Bay Bridge
When Dustin Hoffman makes a bee-line to Berkeley from San Francisco in The Graduate, he takes the upper deck of the Bay Bridge. Director Mike Nichols created a cultural phenomenon with the 1967 story of a recent college graduate who's not sure what to do with his life until the opportunity presents itself for him to have an affair with his father's boss's wife. This classic of the American cinema was a big success, but Nichols' illusion was not - at least as far as the San Franciscan is concerned. You see, dear out-of-towner, traffic on the upper deck leads toward San Francisco, east to west, not the other way around. In the Bay Bridge sequence, though it's Berkeley or bust for Hoffman's character, the star is actually San Francisco bound. Anne Bancroft is Mrs. Robinson.

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