Scent of a Woman

Directed By: Martin Brest Starring: Al Pacino Chris O'Donnell

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Pacino Delivers

on 9/21/1999

Pacino gives an excellent performance. He portrays a frail and weak man beneath an exterior of a harsh military man. As always, Pacino gives an excellent speeches and fully develops his character. Excellent performance. The rest of the movie is pretty good, too. Good story, good conflict, and slightly cornball resolution. Good ending.

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best movie ever!

on 11/25/1999

this film is simply the best film of our time. It is by far Pacino's best acting of his career. I would buy 10 copies if I were you and send them to each of your family members for Christmas! Happy New Year!

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Hoping to earn extra money over the thanksgiving weekend, charlie simms agrees to look after blind, retired lieutenant colonel frank slade. But charlie is in for even more surprises when slade takes off for a wild weekend in new york city that will change the lives of both men forever.


Studio Universal
SKU 40094976
UPC 025192026027
UPC 14 00025192026027
Format DVD
Release Date 3/28/2006
Rating Rating
Character Study
Physically Impaired
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Chris O'Donnell stars as Charlie Simms, a young and innocent scholarship student at an exclusive prep school in New Hampshire who agrees to look after Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Al Pacino), a blind retired army officer, to earn extra money over the Thanksgiving holiday. Frank is a cantankerous and cynical bully who completely suprises Charlie with his plans for their weekend. He has bought them tickets to New York, booked a suite at the Waldorf, rented a limousine, and has big plans for a wild weekend in the Big Apple. Before Charlie realizes what he has gotten into, he is accompanying the colonel around Manhattan as they begin their wild and eye-opening adventures that include a fast-paced test drive in a Ferrari and a tango with a beautiful woman (Gabrielle Anwar). Frank's passion is women; he waxes lyrically on their bodies, scent, and sensuality, and gradually Charlie becomes aware of the sentimental romantic buried deep within the lonely man's heart. Charlie and Frank's growing relationship is the core of the film; Frank teaches Charlie how to see, and Charlie teaches Frank how to feel in this heart-wrenching and heartwarming comedy. Al Pacino is simply stunning as Frank Slade, relying on his vocal power and strong physicality to carry across a complex range of emotions. He is both intolerable and completely lovable in this Oscar-winning role of a lifetime.
Plot Summary
Summary Hoping to earn some extra money, a relatively underprivileged prep school student agrees to look after a cantankerous, blind, retired lieutenant colonel during his holiday. Thrown off guard by his charge's bullying style, the student's in for even more surprises when the two take off for a wild weekend in New York City.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "[A] bunch of runny-nosed snots in tweed jackets, all studying to be George Bush."-- Slade (Al Pacino) to Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), referring to his Charlie's boarding school classmates
Quote "You're not bad. You're just in pain."--Simms to Frank Slade (Al Pacino)
Quote "Hoo-hah!"--Slade
Quote "You can dance the tango and drive a Ferrari better than anyone I've ever seen."-- Charlie to Slade|"You've never seen anyone do either."-- Slade to Charlie
Quote "If I were the man I was ten years ago, I'd take a flamethrower to this place!"--Slade to Simms's school authorities
Rolling Stone "Al Pacino pulls out the heavy acting artillery....He's astoundingly good..." 01/07/1993 p.50
USA Today "...[The film] gives Al Pacino a role that's a perfect fit....Pacino's most flamboyant performance yet..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 12/23/1992 p.1D
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Featuring] Al Pacino in one of his best and riskiest performances..." 12/23/1992 p.37
Martin Brest
Al Pacino
Chris O'Donnell
Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - Actor
Chris O'Donnell - Actor
James Rebhorn - Actor
James Rehborn - Actor
Gabrielle Anwar - Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Actor
Giovanni Arpino - Based On Novel By
Martin Brest - Director
Donald E. Thorn - Director of Photography
Thomas Newman - Musical Score
Martin Brest - Producer
Bo Goldman - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 20260
UPC 00025192026027
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 157 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1993) Al Pacino, Winner, Best Actor,Martin Brest, Nominee, Best Director,Bo Goldman, Nominee, Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
British Academy Awards (1994) Bo Goldman, Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay
Golden Globe (1993) Al Pacino, Winner, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture,Bo Goldman, Winner, Best Screenplay,Chris O'Donnell, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
ReviewSource Newsday
Review Scent Of A Woman is a rarity, a big-budget movie made with love... Brest sets his scenes up generously, letting things play in depth, and Goldman's dialogue is so forceful that it makes one ashamed of the usual crude shorthand that passes for screenwriting.
Reviewer David Denby
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review An amazing film. Intelligently written and movingly told. This is one of Al Pacino's best and riskiest performances.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Entertainment Today
Review Scent is a portrait of a man in great emotional stress...he's often hilariously funny, but he is also loud, rude, foul-mouthed, sexist, demanding and generally disagreeable...and this is just when saying "hello."
Reviewer Tim Cogshell
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Surround Sound
Product Attributes
Actor Pacino,Al
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Hal Hinson, Washington Post ...a great performance from Pacino
Jack Matthews, New York Newsday There are moments of pure maghic in (Pacino's) performance.

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