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Mr. Robinson (Character)
from The Graduate (1967)

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The Graduate (1967)
Mr. Robinson: Do you ummm... do you want to tell me *why* you did it
Benjamin: Mr. Robinson!
Mr. Robinson: Do you have a special grudge against me? Do you feel a particularly strong resentment? Is there something I've said that's caused this contempt, or is it just things I stand for that you despise?

Benjamin: Listen to me. What happened between Mrs. Robinson and me was nothing. It didn't mean anything. We might just as well have been shaking hands.
Mr. Robinson: Shaking hands? Well, that's not saying much for my wife, is it?

Mr. Robinson: [in anger for ruining Elaine's wedding] You punk! You crazy punk! I'll kill you!

Mr. Robinson: [after Ben has driven Mrs. Robinson home, Mr. Robinson unexpectedly comes home early] Is that Ben's car in front?
Benjamin: [nervously] Yes, sir. I drove... I drove Mrs. Robinson home. She wanted me to drive her home so I drove her home.
Mr. Robinson: Swell. I appreciate.
Benjamin: She's upstairs. She wanted me to wait down here till you got home.
Mr. Robinson: Standing guard over the old castle, are you?
Benjamin: Yes, sir.

Mr. Robinson: All right, come on, let's have a nightcap together.
Mr. Robinson: [reaches for a bottle] Scotch?
Benjamin: Bourbon.
Mr. Robinson: Ben... How old are you now?
Benjamin: Twenty. I'll be 21 next week.
Mr. Robinson: [as he fixes drinks for both of them] That's a hell of a good age to be.
Benjamin: Thank you. Thank you very much, sir.
Mr. Robinson: I, uh... I wish I was that age again. Because, Ben...
Benjamin: Sir?
Mr. Robinson: You'll never be young again.
Benjamin: I know.

Mr. Robinson: Ben, can I say something to you?
Benjamin: What?
Mr. Robinson: Uh, how long have we known each other now? How long have you and I known each other? How long have your dad and I been partners?
Benjamin: Quite a while.
Mr. Robinson: I watched you grow up, Ben.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. Robinson: In many ways, I feel as though you were my own son.
Benjamin: Thank you.
Mr. Robinson: So I hope you won't mind my giving you a friendly piece of advice.
Benjamin: I'd like to hear it.
Mr. Robinson: Ben, I think... I think you ought to be taking it a little easier right now than you seem to be. Sow a few wild oats. Take things as they come. Have a good time with the girls and so forth.
Mrs. Robinson: [Mrs. Robinson joins them; Ben abruptly stands up] Don't get up.
Mr. Robinson: I was just telling... Ben. Ben, here, that he ought to sow a few wild oats. Have a good time while he can. You think that's sound advice?
Mrs. Robinson: Yes, I do.
Benjamin: I've got to go.
Mr. Robinson: You have yourself a few flings this summer. I bet you're quite a ladies' man, huh?
Benjamin: Oh, no.
Mr. Robinson: [taken aback] What?
Mr. Robinson: You look to me like the kind of guy who has to fight 'em off.
Mr. Robinson: [to his wife] Now, doesn't he look to you like the kind of guy who has to fight them off?
Mrs. Robinson: Yes, he does.

Mrs. Robinson: Benjamin, I thought I made myself perfectly clear about this...
Benjamin: Look, I have no intention of taking your precious daughter out again in her life, so don't get upset about it!
Mrs. Robinson: I am. I'm *extremely* upset about it, Benjamin.
Elaine: [Mr. Robinson comes in with Elaine next to him] Hello.
Benjamin: Hello.
Mr. Robinson: [playfully giving advice to Elaine about Benjamin] Well, I want you to keep your wits about you tonight. You never know what *tricks* Ben picked up back there in the east. Heh heh...

Mr. Robinson: [in Ben's boarding house room] All right, now listen to this. I don't know whether I can prosecute, but I think I can. I think I can get you behind bars if you ever *look* at my daughter again. Now, I've seen Elaine, and I've made damn sure you can't get to her. Stay away from me, Ben!
Mr. Robinson: [heading for the door] I don't want to mince words with you. As far as Elaine is concerned, you're to get her out of your filthy mind right now! Is that *perfectly* clear to you? And that's all, Ben. You'll pardon me if *I* don't shake hands with you.
Mr. Robinson: I think you are filth. I think you are scum. You are a degenerate!
[heads down the stairs, brushes past Mr. McCleery]