Senator Ralph Owen Brewster
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Senator Ralph Owen Brewster (Character)
from The Aviator (2004)

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The Aviator (2004)
Howard Hughes: You want to go to war with me?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: It's not me, Howard. It's the United States Government. We just beat Germany and Japan. Who the hell are you?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: All right, let's get down to business. Let's talk turkey. My investigation...
[He nearly bursts into laughter]
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: My investigation has turned up a lot of dirt. It could be really embarassing if this stuff got out. I'd like to save you from that embarassment.
Howard Hughes: That's very kind of you, Owen.
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: My committee has the power to hold public hearings. I'd like to spare you from that.
Howard Hughes: [smirks] Would you, now?
[Brewster abruptly drops his silverware]
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: Look, do you wanna go down in history as a war profiteer, Howard? Is that what you want?
Howard Hughes: [gravely] What do you want, Owen?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: You agree to support my C.A.B. bill, and I won't hold public hearings.
Howard Hughes: I can't do that, Owen. Can't do that. The C.A.B. bill would kill TWA.
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: Sell T.W.A. to Pan Am. You'll get a good price. You'll get a fair price, I'm telling you.
Howard Hughes: And then...? Then you won't go public?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: Right. That's right. The investigation's closed. Nobody knows a thing. It's better for everybody.
[pause]
Howard Hughes: You know, Owen, I'm still wondering one thing. The picture of the llama you got last year. Where'd you sail from?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: [disinterested] We didn't sail. We flew.
Howard Hughes: You flew?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: Yeah.
Howard Hughes: Ah.
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: [Brewster stops chewing abruptly, realizing what Howard's implying]
Howard Hughes: [leans in] Are you sure you want to do this, Owen? You want to go to war with me?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: It isn't me, Howard. It's the United States government. We just beat Germany and Japan. Who the hell are you?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: [talking of Howard Hughes] I'll have him dragged here to Washington. I want to see the whites of his lies.

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: ...we would like him to reappear. Would you ask him to return?
Howard Hughes: No, I don't think I will.
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: Will you try to have him return?
Howard Hughes: No, I don't think I'll try.
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: You don't think you'll try?
Howard Hughes: No, I don't think so.