Scent of a WomanDirector: Martin Brest
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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Cast & Crew
|Al Pacino||Lt. Col. Frank Slade|
|Chris O'Donnell||Charlie Simms|
|James Rebhorn||Mr. Trask|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||George Willis Jr.|
|Richard Venture||W.R. Slade|
|Ron Eldard||Officer Gore|
|Frances Conroy||Christine Downes|
|Sally Murphy||Karen Rossi|
|Nicholas Sadler||Harry Havemeyer|
|Matt Smith||Jimmy Jameson|
|Tom Riis Farrell||Garry|
|Todd Louiso||Trent Potter|
|Michael Santoro||Donny Rossi|
|Erika Feldman||Francine Rossi|
|Max Stein||Willie Rossi|
|Leonard Gaines||Freddie Bisco|
|Baxter Harris||George Willis, Sr.|
|Francie Swift||Flight Attendant|
|William Beckwith||Oak Room Maitre d'|
|J.T. Cromwell||Ballroom Waiter|
|Michael Lisenco||Cab Driver|
|Divina Cook||Night Maid|
|Aude Bronson-Howard||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|G. Mac Brown||Associate Producer,Production Manager|
|Angelo P. Graham||Production Designer|
|Steven W. Graham||Art Director|
|Thomas Newman||Score Composer|
|Ronald L. Schwary||Executive Producer|
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Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell's performances are fantastic in this coming of age tale. I highly recommend this film.
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!
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!
Anyone who likes Al Pacino will love this movie!! You can really see why he won an oscar for his performance.
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.