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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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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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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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Al Pacino was helped by a school for the blind in his preparation for this role. He said that he made himself appear blind by not allowing his eyes to focus on anything. See more »


Lt Col Slade sternly warns Charlie not to refer to his .45 pistol as a "gun", but rather to call it a "weapon" or "piece" in accordance with military custom. Moments later just after Charlie refers to it as a weapon, Slade then refers to the pistol as a gun (which was most likely an intentional contradiction of what he had just told Charlie). See more »


Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Your father pedals car telephones at a 300 percent markup. Your mother works on heavy commission at a camera store. Graduated to it from espresso machines. Hah!
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: What are you, dying of some wasting disease?
Charlie Simms: No, I'm right - I'm right here.
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: I know exactly where your body is. What I'm looking for is some indication of a brain. Too much football without a helmet? Hah! Lyndon's line on Gerry Ford. Deputy debriefer, Paris, peace talks, '68. Snagged a silver star and a silver bar. Threw me into ...
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La Violetera
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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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