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Roat Sr. (Character)
from Wait Until Dark (1967)

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Wait Until Dark (1967)
Roat: Did you know they wanted to kill me? I did. I knew even before they did. They were awful amateurs, and that's why you saw through them.
Susy Hendrix: I saw through you too.
Roat: No, not all the way, Suzy. Even now, not all the way. The lovely thing was the way I let them set it all up. All that silliness of meeting in the parking lot, the whole thing, they had comic book minds. So, I let them do it their way, right up to the very end. And then, topsy-turvy. Me topsy and them turvy.

Roat: I cannot negotiate in an atmosphere of mistrust.

Carlino: We don't work safes.
Roat: I know. But you talk. And that's why you've been invited to this party. To talk you way into that big black safe, Sergeant.
Mike Talman: There's a locked closet in the bedroom.
Roat: Oh, no, not there. It's just clothes.
Mike Talman: How do you know?
Roat: I looked.
Mike Talman: You have the key?
Roat: It's on the ledge above the door.
Mike Talman: No it isn't.
Roat: Well, they must have taken it with them.
Mike Talman: They lock the closet, but don't bolt the front door?
Roat: They're strange people; they lose dolls.

Mike Talman: And you? What's your favorite toy?
Roat: [pulls out a mini statue] Geraldine.
Carlino: What does she do?
[a large blade comes out horizontally from the feet of the statue]
Mike Talman: And may we have Geraldine on the table too?
Roat: No, we may not.
Carlino: Why the hell not?
Roat: Because she's the referee.

Roat: Aren't you forgetting something?
Mike Talman: We just earned the money?
[Talamn opens the door and begins to walk out]
Roat: I mean fingerprints.
[Talman stops and closes the door]
Roat: You just signed your names all over this place.
Roat: [Carlino begins wiping off finger prints off banister] Hmmm. Even if you could remember eveything you touched it would still take hours to wipe em off wouldn't it? If not days.

Roat: I'm Harry Roat Jr from Scarsdale.

Roat: Don't touch me!

Roat: I'll fix him!

Mike Talman: You want something?
Roat: You, Mr Talman and you too, Sgt Carlino.

Roat: [about the murdered Lisa] Well, she was trespassing, Mike... poaching. Going into the business for herself. Bad news. Things like that go on, and what do you have? Anarchy. No discipline, no sense of order. Bad news.

Roat: May we have weapons on the table?
Mike Talman: We'll have explinations first.
Roat: Well, it goes back a little.
Mike Talman: So, go back a little.
Roat: All right. Once upon a time, there was a fairy princess named Lisa.

Susy Hendrix: [trembling] All right, all right you can have it... you can have the doll! I'll give it to you... if you'll... if you'll just go and... and...
Roat: Yes, Susy?
Susy Hendrix: Not hurt me.
Roat: Say please.
Susy Hendrix: Please.
Roat: No, that's not quite it... say: "please may I give you the doll?"
Susy Hendrix: Please may I give you the doll?
Roat: You may.


Roat: Now all the children have gone to bed, and we can talk.
Susy Hendrix: What are you going to do with that gasoline?
Roat: Well you just guess.
[lights newspaper on fire]
Roat: Now guess!
Susy Hendrix: No! Please, no! Alright!
Roat: I thought that would save time.
Susy Hendrix: I'll get you the doll!
Roat: Oh that's a good girl, go right to the head of the class.
Susy Hendrix: [trips and falls on top of Mike's body] Mike!
[Roat pulls a chair up from behind, startling her]
Roat: It's just a chair, Susy, so you can sit down.

Roat: Well, if you -
[pulls the knife out at Carlino]
Roat: All right, fat man, over there. Now both of you through the door, backwards!

Roat: If you'd only said please.