Scent of a Woman

Scent of a Woman

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Director: Martin Brest

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

     
 

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Driven by an extravagant, tour-de-force performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is the story of Frank Slade (Pacino), a blind, retired army colonel who hires Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a poor college student on the verge of expulsion, to take care of him over Thanksgiving weekend. At the beginning of the weekend, Frank takes Charlie to New York, whereSee more details below

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Driven by an extravagant, tour-de-force performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is the story of Frank Slade (Pacino), a blind, retired army colonel who hires Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a poor college student on the verge of expulsion, to take care of him over Thanksgiving weekend. At the beginning of the weekend, Frank takes Charlie to New York, where he reveals to the student that he intends to visit his family, have a few terrific meals, sleep with a beautiful woman and, finally, commit suicide. The film follows the mis-matched pair over the course of the weekend, as they learn about life through their series of adventures. Though the story is a little contrived and predictable, it pulls all the right strings, thanks to O'Donnell's sympathetic supporting role and Pacino's powerful lead performance, for which he won his first Academy Award. Scent of a Woman is based on the 1975 Italian film Profumo Di Donna.

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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:
02/08/1994
UPC:
0096898128339
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios

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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

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