Classic Scene #29: The Graduate

Mrs. Robinson! You’re Trying To Seduce Me!

by The Graduate |
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After his welcome home party, Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) reluctantly ends up alone with Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), the boozy wife of his father’s business partner . . .

Benjamin: Look, I think I should be going...

Mrs. Robinson: Sit down, Benjamin.

Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, if you don’t mind me saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange. Now, I’m sure that Mr. Robinson will be here any minute now...

Mrs. Robinson: No.

Benjamin: What?

Mrs. Robinson: My husband will be back quite late. He should be gone for several hours.

Benjamin: Oh my God.

Mrs. Robinson: Pardon?

Benjamin: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. Oh no!

Mrs. Robinson: What’s wrong?

Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, you didn’t...I mean, you didn’t expect...I mean, you didn’t really think I’d do something like that?

Mrs. Robinson: Like what?

Benjamin: What do you think?

Mrs. Robinson: Well, I don’t know.

Benjamin: For God’s sake, Mrs. Robinson! Here we are. You got me into your house, you give me a drink, you put on music. Now you start opening up your personal life to me and you tell me your husband won’t be home for hours.

Mrs. Robinson: So?

Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson! You’re trying to seduce me!

(She laughs.)

Benjamin: (Unsure)...Aren’t you?

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