Scent of a Woman

Scent of a Woman

4.5 11
Director: Martin Brest

Cast: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn

     
 

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Scent of a Woman is another fine, if featureless, DVD transfer from Universal. With a crystal clear 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and adequate Dolby Surround Sound, the film thankfully avoids a digital treatment that just looks like a sloppy recycling of an older transfer. Unfortunately, with no extras but a theatrical trailer, Scent of a Woman isn't

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Scent of a Woman is another fine, if featureless, DVD transfer from Universal. With a crystal clear 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and adequate Dolby Surround Sound, the film thankfully avoids a digital treatment that just looks like a sloppy recycling of an older transfer. Unfortunately, with no extras but a theatrical trailer, Scent of a Woman isn't worth much more than a rental. The film is distinguished as the project that finally got Al Pacino his long-elusive Oscar for Best Actor, so there would be some basis for at least a production featurette. Pacino's fine performance isn't the only ignored topic, as the film also introduced now-popular actors like Chris O'Donnell and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It would have been interesting to see retrospective interviews with the actors now, looking back on the experience. Also, the film's subject matter was a departure for director Martin Brest, who had previously directed Beverly Hills Cop. Now that Gus Van Sant has cornered the market on tales of mentorship and bonding between older and younger men, Brest might have been able to deliver some insightful comments about a film that preceded films like Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester. Scent of a Woman is worth a look with a good digital transfer, but the lack of supplements keeps it in a rental category.

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Featuring a triumphant performance from the king of braggadocio, Al Pacino, Martin Brest's comedy-inflected drama is a minor masterpiece of cinematic storytelling. Chris O'Donnell's auspicious debut as a bright-eyed high schooler works in remarkable harmony with Pacino's portrayal the blind, irritable, foul-mouthed, former military man O'Donnell is supposed to look after. The result is a magnificent and irresistible narrative, and although it runs a little long, a few minutes of fidgeting are well worth the viewer's time, for this film delivers the goods. Pacino's performance is arguably his best since Scarface, combining his usual macho swaggering with an almost pathetic undertone. The actor adds a very physical aspect to his enduring and memorable performance, mimicking the mannerisms of a blind man convincingly. His irascible military man character is eruptively funny, sad, twisted, and paternal all at the same time. O'Donnell provides Pacino with a perfect foil, inflecting his prep schoolboy characterization with growing admiration for his seemingly unbearable charge. The film also features a young Phillip Seymour Hoffman, a modern-day mainstay whose credits include Happiness, Magnolia and Almost Famous. Bo Goldman's sensational script is adapted adroitly by Brest, and, coupled with fine acting, makes for a simply remarkable film.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/1998
UPC:
0025192026027
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:37:00
Sales rank:
9,241

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Lt. Col. Frank Slade
Chris O'Donnell Charlie Simms
James Rebhorn Mr. Trask
Gabrielle Anwar Donna
Philip Seymour Hoffman George Willis Jr.
Richard Venture W.R. Slade
Bradley Whitford Randy
Ron Eldard Officer Gore
Frances Conroy Christine Downes
Sally Murphy Karen Rossi
Nicholas Sadler Harry Havemeyer
Gene Canfield Manny
Richard Bradford Actor
Ahn Duong Sofia
Ellen Lewis Actor
Matt Smith Jimmy Jameson
Rochelle Oliver Gretchen
Margaret Eginton Gail
Tom Riis Farrell Garry
Todd Louiso Trent Potter
June Squibb Mrs.Hunsaker
Michael Santoro Donny Rossi
Erika Feldman Francine Rossi
Max Stein Willie Rossi
Leonard Gaines Freddie Bisco
David Lansbury Michael
Joseph Palmas Bellhop
Baxter Harris George Willis, Sr.
Francie Swift Flight Attendant
William Beckwith Oak Room Maitre d'
Mansoor Najeeullah Skycap
J.T. Cromwell Ballroom Waiter
Peter Carew Bootblack
Paul Stocker Doorman
Michael Lisenco Cab Driver
Divina Cook Night Maid

Technical Credits
Martin Brest Director,Producer
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
G. Mac Brown Associate Producer,Production Manager
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
Steven W. Graham Art Director
Ellen Lewis Casting
Jerry Mitchell Choreography
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Paul Pellicoro Choreography
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer
William Steinkamp Editor
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Michael Tronick Editor

Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 02:36:16
0. Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 02:36:16
1. The Baird Preparatory School (Main Titles). [6:22]
2. The Job Interview. [1:06]
3. A Prep School Prank. [8:19]
4. One Special Student. [4:16]
5. I'm Giving You Pearls Here. [3:41]
6. The Waldorf Astoria. [:37]
7. Thanksgiving Dinner. [6:21]
8. A.45 In .25. [4:15]
9. Tango Lessons. [3:49]
10. The Ferrari. [:18]
11. Back Too Fast. [6:06]
12. An Open Meeting. [6:13]
13. The Colonel Speaks Out. [6:12]
14. The Disciplinary Committee's Decision. [7:45]
15. The End Of A Really Hard Weekend. [3:12]
16. End Titles [2:57]

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Scent of a Woman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is extreme Pacino hyperbole...and you're loving every minute of it! This is screenwriter Bo Goldman's finest work since 1982's ''Shoot The Moon'' and it only makes you wish that his word processor wasn't as silent as it has been since 1993. Pacino's Oscar winning performance is a mind burner. You can't forget Lt. Colonel Frank Slade anymore than you can forget Michael Corleone, Tony Montana or Vincent Hanna. Chris O'Donnel became a star with his supporting performance. This flick makes you want to hang out for a few hours at the perfume counter at Bergdorf Goodman before making The Oak Room for dinner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoowahh!!! Excellent movie. Al Pacino is awesome. It is a great story about feeling like you have nothing to live for, but then realizing that you have so much to offer someone else. Fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really a touching story full of humor, sadness, friendship, and pretty much everything. I felt every emotion at one point or another while watching this film. These two guys couldn't be more different from eachother yet each has something that the other needs. The boy, Charlie, has his problems at school which are solved by Al Pacino's wisdom and life experience. He has problems of his own regarding life and purpose- Charlie's youthful approach sheds new light on those things. If for no other reason, kids, the TANGO SCENE alone is worth watching the film for!! Al Pacino is brilliant as this rough character, hardened by life's unfortunate events but couldn't be more gentle, sensitive, and gallant when dancing the tango.. not to mention HANDSOME!
Trumpetkris More than 1 year ago
Anyone who likes Al Pacino will love this movie!! You can really see why he won an oscar for his performance.
LisaNicole More than 1 year ago
Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell's performances are fantastic in this coming of age tale. I highly recommend this film.
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