Educating Rita (1983)
Michael Caine: Dr. Frank Bryant
[Rita is being nosy about Frank's marriage]
Dr. Frank Bryant : We split up, Rita, because of poetry.
Rita : You what?
Dr. Frank Bryant : One day, my wife explained to me that, for the past fifteen years, my output as a poet had dealt entirely with the part of our lives in which we discovered each other.
Rita : Are you a poet?
Dr. Frank Bryant : Was. And so, to give me something new to write about, she left me. A very noble woman, my wife - she left me for the good of literature. And remarkably it worked.
Rita : What, you wrote a lot of good stuff, did ya?
Dr. Frank Bryant : No. I stopped writing altogether.
Dr. Frank Bryant : Found a culture, have you Rita? Found a better song to sing? No, you found a different song to sing, and on your lips it's shrill and hollow and tuneless.
Dr. Frank Bryant : Did you know that Macbeth was a maggoty apple? Not many people know that!
[Frank has just been officially reprimanded for being drunk while giving a lecture]
Dr. Frank Bryant : Sod them, eh, Rita! Sod them!
Rita : Will they sack you?
Dr. Frank Bryant : Good God no. That would involve making a decision. Pissed is all right. To get the sack, it would have to be rape on a grand scale. And not just with students, either. That would only amount to a slight misdemeanour. No, for dismissal it would have to be nothing less than buggering the Bursar.
Collins : Doctor Bryant, I don't think you're listening to me.
Dr. Frank Bryant : Mr Collins, I don't think you're saying anything to me.
Collins : Doctor, are you drunk?
Dr. Frank Bryant : Drunk? Of course I'm drunk. You don't really expect me to teach this when I'm sober.
Collins : [angrily bundling his books together] Then you won't mind if I leave your tutorial.
Dr. Frank Bryant : Why should I mind?
Dr. Frank Bryant : Morgan? Fuck off!
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students]
Dr. Frank Bryant : Good afternoon.
Dr. Frank Bryant : Suggest how you would resolve the staging difficulties in a production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt?