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Robert Benton


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Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director.

Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee. He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University. Benton has won numerous awards for both writing and directing in film. In 1959, he co-wrote the book ... more »

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  • ''Billy: You dropped some shell in there.
    Ted: It's all right. Makes it crunchier that way. You like French toast crunchy, don't you?''
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Billy (Justin Henry), Ted (Dustin Hoffman), Kramer vs. Kramer, while Ted is making breakfast the morning a...
  • ''Billy: What did you do when you were little?
    Ted: I guess about the same things you do.
    Billy: Did you watch The Brady Bunch?''
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Billy (Justin Henry), Ted (Dustin Hoffman), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
  • All my life I've felt like somebody's wife, or somebody's mother or somebody's daughter. Even all the time we were together, I never knew who I was. And that's why I had to go away. And in California,...
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Joanna (Meryl Streep), Kramer vs. Kramer, to Ted (Dustin Hoffman), at their first meeting after she walked...
  • ''I came here to take my son home and I realized he already is home.''
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Joanna (Meryl Streep), Kramer vs. Kramer, telling Ted (Dustin Hoffman) she's decided not to take custody o...
  • ''I will always be your Mommy and I always will love you. I just won't be your Mommy in the house, but I'll be your Mommy of the heart.''
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Ted (Dustin Hoffman), Kramer vs. Kramer, reading Joanna's (Meryl Streep) letter to Billy (Justin Henry) (1...
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