Dr. Miles J. Bennell
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Dr. Miles J. Bennell (Character)
from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: This is the oddest thing I've ever heard of. Let's hope we don't catch it. I'd hate to wake up some morning and find out that you weren't you.
Becky: [laughs] I'm not the high school kid you used to romance, so how can you tell?
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You really want to know?
Becky: Mmm-hmm.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [after kissing her] Mmmm, you're Becky Driscoll, all right!

Jack Belicec: Stop trying to rationalize everything, will ya? Let's face it, we have a mystery on our hands!
Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Sure you have. A real one! Whose body was it, and where is it now? A completely normal mystery. Whatever it is, it's well within the bounds of human experience, and I don't think you ought to make any more of it.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Look, I wouldn't if I hadn't looked in Becky's cellar! How do you explain away the body I saw there?
Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: I don't think you saw one there.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You don't think I saw one here, either?
Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: I know you did because three others saw it too.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: But I dreamed up the second one?
Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Doctors can have hallucinations too.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next...!

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Drugs dull the mind - maybe that's the reason.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I've been afraid a lot of times in my life. But I didn't know the real meaning of fear until... until I had kissed Becky.

Becky: Is this an example of your bedside manner, doctor?
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: No, ma'am. That comes later.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: And so I ran. I ran, I ran, I ran! I ran as little Jimmy Grimaldi ran the other day.

Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Love, desire, ambition, faith - without them, life's so simple, believe me.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I don't want any part of it.
Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: You're forgetting something, Miles.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: What's that?
Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: You have no choice.

[from trailer]
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Listen to me! Please listen! If you don't, if you won't, if you fail to understand, then the same incredible terror that's menacing me WILL STRIKE AT YOU!

Becky: I can't do it, I can't, can't, can't go on.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Yes, you can.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: In my practice, I've seen how people have allowed their humanity to drain away. Only it happened slowly instead of all at once. They didn't seem to mind... All of us - a little bit - we harden our hearts, grow callous. Only when we have to fight to stay human do we realize how precious it is to us, how dear.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [having returned from finding that large numbers of pods are being grown in greenhouses, to Becky who, exhausetd, had fallen asleep in his absence] I've been afraid a lot of times in my life, but I didn't know the real meaning of fear until... until I had kissed Becky.

Becky: Miles, why don't you call Danny? Maybe he can help.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Danny? No. The way he was behaving last night... I'm afraid it's too late to call Danny too.
Becky: Well, what are you going to do?
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Get help. I hope whatever's taking place is confined to Santa Mira!

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Will you tell these people I'm not crazy?

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [cautiously] Who are you?
Dr. Hill: I'm Dr. Hill, from the state mental hospita...
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I AM NOT INSANE!
[guards grab him]
Dr. Hill: Let him go!
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Listen, Doctor, now you must listen to me, you must understand me, I'm a doctor too, I am not insane! I am NOT insane!

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [grabs Dr. Bassett] Doctor! Will you tell these fools I am NOT crazy? Make them listen to me while there's still time!

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Well, it started, for me it started last Thursday. In response to an urgent message from my nurse I'd hurried home from a medical convention I'd been attending. At first glance, everything looked the same. It wasn't. Something evil had taken possession of the town.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: What'll you have? We're pushing appendectomies this week.
[Becky laughs]
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I don't know, maybe I clown around too much, pretty soon my patients won't trust me to prescribe aspirin for them. Seriously, what's the trouble?
Becky: It's my cousin.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Wilma? What's the matter?
Becky: She has a, well I guess you call it a delusion, you know her uncle, Uncle Ira?
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Sure, I'm his doctor.
Becky: Well Miles, she's got herself thinking he isn't her uncle.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: How do you mean? That they're not really related?
Becky: No, she thinks he's an impostor or something, someone who only looks like Ira.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Have you seen him?
Becky: I just came from there.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Well, is he Uncle Ira or isn't he Uncle Ira?
Becky: Of course he is, I told Wilma that but it was no use.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Isn't this Jimmy Grimaldi?
Grandma Grimaldi: Yes, Doctor, can I talk to you a moment?
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Sure.
[to Jimmy]
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You know I almost ran you down this morning? You've got to be more careful.
[Jimmy breaks away and runs, Sally catches him]
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Hey! Hey hey hey hey hey, slow down now, school isn't as bad as all that.
Grandma Grimaldi: School isn't what upsets him, it's my daughter-in-law. He's got the craziest idea she isn't his mother.
Jimmy Grimaldi: [in hysterics] She isn't! She isn't! Don't let her get me!
Nurse Sally Withers: No one's going to get you, Jimmy.
[Jimmy sobs hysterically]
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: How long has this been going on?
Grandma Grimaldi: An hour ago I found him hiding in the cellar having hysterics, he wouldn't tell me anything until I started to phone his mother. That's when he said Anna wasn't his mother.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [Upon learning that Becky is also divorced] Well, I guess that makes us Lodge Brothers now...
Becky: Yes.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Except that I'm paying dues while you collect them.
Becky: [laughing] Oh, Miles!

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Even these days, it isn't as easy to go crazy as you might think. But you don't have to be losing your mind to need psychiatric help.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
[while Matthew drives Elizabeth through the city, a crazed man runs up to their car]
Elizabeth Driscoll: Look out!
[Matthew slams on the brakes, but the man's head still strikes the already broken windshield. Unfazed, the man immediately proceeds to pound on the windshield for attention]
Matthew Bennell: Oh, my God, oh my God! Lock the door! Lock the door!
Running man: [panicked shouting] Help! They're coming! They're coming!
Elizabeth Driscoll: Maybe we should help him.
Running man: Help! Help! They're coming! They're coming! Listen to me! Listen!
Matthew Bennell: No, he's smashed out of his skull.
Elizabeth Driscoll: He's terrified.
Running man: Help me! You're next! Please!
[the man moves to the driver's window]
Running man: Please! You're next! We're in danger!
[he tries the door handle, but it's locked]
Running man: Please, listen ot me! Something terrible! Please!
[he looks over his shoulder, then back]
Running man: You're nex- Here they are!
[he starts to run off, but still shouts at them]
Running man: They're already here! Help! You're next! They're coming! They're coming!
[he runs around the corner as a crowd chases him]
Matthew Bennell: He must have done something.
[a horn sounds, brakes screech, a thud his heard, and Elizabeth gasps involuntarily]
Matthew Bennell: [noting the approaching motorcycle with siren] The policeman will help.
[They make the turn and see a throng of expressionless people standing silently over the man's dead body in the street. The policeman waves them by]
Elizabeth Driscoll: Oh, my God! That poor man. What was he talking about?
Matthew Bennell: I'll phone a witness report in when I get to the bookstore.