Scent of a Woman (1992)
Critic Consensus: It might soar on Al Pacino's performance more than the drama itself, but what a performance it is -- big, bold, occasionally over-the-top, and finally giving the Academy pause to award the star his first Oscar.
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. … More
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as George Willis Jr.
as W.R. Slade
as Harry Havemeyer
as Trent Potter
as Jimmy Jameson
as Christine Downes
as Mrs. Hunsaker
as Officer Gore
as Karen Rossi
as Donny Rossi
as Francine Rossi
as Francine Rossi
as Willie Rossi
as Willie Rossi
as Freddie Bisco
as George Willis Sr.
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Critic Reviews for Scent of a Woman
An irascible bully who proves to have a heart of gold, Pacino's character seems manufactured by a computer programmed with box-office grosses.
Scent of a Woman indulgently stretches a modest conceit well past the breaking point.
Corny and heart-warming, with O'Donnell proving almost a match for the master.
The good thing is that the principals and film makers make the absolute most of a conventional opportunity.
By the end of Scent of a Woman, we have arrived at the usual conclusion of the coming-of-age movie, and the usual conclusion of the prep school movie. But rarely have we been taken there with so much intelligence and skill.
Audience Reviews for Scent of a Woman
Pacino is on fine form with a dazzling performance but it's not enough to make this film shine in my eyes!
Al Pacino is magic in this film. You can't take his eyes of him. Added to this, the film is moving and carries an important message. It is a satisfying, uplifting, triumphant film that must be watched!
When things get tangled, tango on!
Great Film! The Scent of a Woman is the kind of film that many would think belongs to a bygone era. While it is frank and contemporary without sugar coating it illustrates the value of character over glitz and how small acts can have long lasting consequences. The Scent of a Woman is very satisfying on many levels. Of course the primary reason it succeeds is Al Pacino, whose Oscar was well-deserved, needless to say. Chris O'Donnell doesn't overplay his part, and in doing so is realistic and natural. The character development is superb, dialogue terrific, glamorous locations and a story line that requires the characters to show themselves to be the people they really are. The film has a lot of funny lines and great drama.
Frank is a retired Lt Col in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is at school and is looking forward to going to university; to help pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over thanksgiving. Frank's niece says this will be easy money, but she didn't reckon on Frank spending his thanksgiving in New York.
Scent of a Woman Quotes
|Lt. Col. Frank Slade:||Something big may happen for that little thing of yours Charlie|
|Lt. Col. Frank Slade:||[Frank plans to kill himself and Charlie as well but hesitates] You don't wanna die.|
|Charlie Simms:||Neither do you.|
|Lt. Col. Frank Slade:||Give me one good reason not to.|
|Charlie Simms:||I'll give you two. You can dance the tango and drive a Ferrari better than anyone I've ever seen.|
|Lt. Col. Frank Slade:||You never seen anyone do either.|
|Charlie Simms:||So give up. You wanna give up? Give up 'cause I'm giving giving up too. You said I'm through you're right I *am* through. It's all over. So let's get on with it. Let's fuckin' do it! Fuckin' pull the trigger you miserable blind motherfucker. Pull the trigger.|
|Lt. Col. Frank Slade:||Here we go Charlie.|
|Charlie Simms:||I'm ready.|
|Lt. Col. Frank Slade:||What Life? I got no life! I'm in the dark here. You understand? I'm in the dark!|
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