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Scent of a Woman (1992)

R | | Drama | 8 January 1993 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$357,468 (USA) (23 December 1992)

Gross:

$63,895,607 (USA)
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Trivia

Philip Seymour Hoffman auditioned for his role five times before he was cast. Hoffman was working various odd jobs in between sporadic film and TV roles where his current job at the time was stocking shelves at a Manhattan deli before being cast. Hoffman cited this as the film that changed everything for his career. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie Oregon is mispronounced. Oreigun not OR-i-gone. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Haven't you heard? Conscience is dead.
Charlie Simms: No, I haven't heard.
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Well, then, take the fuckin' wax outta your ears! Grow up! It's fuck your buddy, cheat on your wife, call your mother on Mother's Day! Charlie, it's all shit.
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Referenced in Spin City: The Goodbye Girl (1997) See more »

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El Relicario
Written 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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