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Scent of a Woman (1992)

R  |   |  Drama  |  8 January 1993 (USA)
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A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman)
Richard Venture ...
Rochelle Oliver ...
Margaret Eginton ...
Matt Smith ...


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. Written by Rob Hartill

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Col. Frank Slade has a very special plan for the weekend. It involves travel, women, good food, fine wine, the tango, chauffeured limousines and a loaded forty-five. And he's bringing Charlie along for the ride.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perfume de mujer  »

Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)


$63,895,607 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There seems to be some confusion between the terms "hoo-ah" and "oo-rah." "Oo-rah" is a United States Marine Corps expression with a completely separate history from the United States Army expression "hoo-ah." "Hoo-ah" derives from the acronym HUA which stands for "Heard, Understood, Acknowledged." Over the years this phrase has taken on many meanings to US Army personnel including; "understood?", "thanks", "I'm not listening to you", "go away", "you're a moron", "excellent!", "shut up", etc. For the origin of the Marine expression "oo-rah"... ask any Marine. They all know, and they'll be happy to explain it. See more »


When the colonel and Charlie get out of the cab at the airport to catch their flight bound for New York, they are clearly at Newark airport less than 10 miles from the Holland Tunnel into New York City. See more »


Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Don't shrug, imbecile. I'm blind. Save your body language for the bimbi.
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Spoofed in Planet 51 (2009) See more »


El Relicario
Written by José Padilla (as Jose Padilla)
Performed by The Tango Project
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User Reviews

Good story, brilliant acting, what more do you want?
10 August 2004 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

This movie once again proves that Pacino is one of the greatest actors of our time and that we all should be very glad he choose to portray Colonel Frank Slade in 'Scent of a woman', no one else could have done it. The story of 'Scent of a woman' stands and falls with Pacino's acting and the bringing alive of his character. It's touching and makes you smile and leaves you behind with the feeling that you've just have had the pleasure of meeting Colonel Frank Slade, a crazy but interesting man. Chris O'Donnell does what he has to do, he gives Pacino the opportunity to shine and triggers the story. The interaction between him and Pacino does the job and provides us with great lines. Overall a great movie. I give this one a 8 out of 10.

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