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Scent of a Woman (1992)

 -  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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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.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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8 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perfume de mujer  »

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$63,895,607 (USA)
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Trivia

Al Pacino would often remain in character off set, using his cane to walk with and never looking at anyone when they talked to him. See more »

Goofs

Al Pacino's hands are often in different positions during the school assembly between the long shots and the close-ups. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Frank Slade: How's your skin, son? I like my aides to be presentable.
Charlie Simms: Well, I - I've had a few zits. Um, but my roommate, he lent me his Clinique because he's from...
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: "The History of My Skin", by Charles Simms.
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La Violetera
Music by José Padilla (as Jose Padilla)
Performed by The Tango Project
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A Speech Everyone Likes
21 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a different type of story with excellent acting by Al Pacino, who makes a speech at the end of the film that many people think is one of the coolest speeches they've ever heard on film.

Pacino's character, "Lt. Cl. Frank Slade," is a turnoff for awhile because he's so gruff, but he grows on you and becomes fascinating to watch as a blind man who doesn't act like a blind man. Chris O'Donnell, as "Charlie Simms," plays the opposite: a nice, young college kid whom Pacino winds up taking under wing. The only part I didn't care for was the beginning with Charlie's obnoxious friends, but that ties in later with Pacino's memorable speech.

A different kind of story, marred only by a little too much profanity. If you haven't seen it, I recommend checking it out. You'll enjoy it


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