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Scent of a Woman -- 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.


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Writers (WGA):
Giovanni Arpino (novel)
Bo Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 January 1993 (USA) See more »
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.
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade

Chris O'Donnell ... Charlie Simms

James Rebhorn ... Mr. Trask

Gabrielle Anwar ... Donna

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman)
Richard Venture ... W.R. Slade

Bradley Whitford ... Randy
Rochelle Oliver ... Gretchen
Margaret Eginton ... Gail

Tom Riis Farrell ... Garry

Nicholas Sadler ... Harry Havemeyer

Todd Louiso ... Trent Potter
Matt Smith ... Jimmy Jameson

Gene Canfield ... Manny

Frances Conroy ... Christine Downes

June Squibb ... Mrs. Hunsaker

Ron Eldard ... Officer Gore
Sally Murphy ... Karen Rossi
Michael Santoro ... Donny Rossi
Alyson Feldman ... Francine Rossi
Erika Feldman ... Francine Rossi
Julian Stein ... Willie Rossi
Max Stein ... Willie Rossi

Anh Duong ... Sofia
Leonard Gaines ... Freddie Bisco

David Lansbury ... Michael
Joseph Palmas ... Bellhop
Baxter Harris ... George Willis, Sr.

Francie Swift ... Flight Attendant
Michael Simon ... Oak Room Waiter
William Beckwith ... Oak Room Maitre D'

Mansoor Najee-ullah ... Skycap
J.T. Cromwell ... Ballroom Waiter
Peter Carew ... Bootblack
Paul Stocker ... Doorman
Mike Lisenco ... Cab Driver (as Michael Lisenco)
Divina Cook ... Night Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Gibson ... Barber (uncredited)

Dan Gifford ... Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)

George Grafas ... Waldorf Guest (uncredited)
Luke L. Hansen ... Student (uncredited)
Kenneth Kopolovicz ... Student (uncredited)

Jack Mulcahy ... Oak Room Patron (uncredited)

Eric Reid Schroeder ... Student (uncredited)
Lucy Smith ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Brest 
Writing credits
Giovanni Arpino (novel "Il Buio E Il Miele")

Bo Goldman (screenplay)

Ruggero Maccari (character from Profumo Di Donna) (suggestion) and
Dino Risi (character from Profumo Di Donna) (suggestion)

Produced by
Martin Brest .... producer
G. Mac Brown .... associate producer
Ronald L. Schwary .... executive producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
William Steinkamp 
Michael Tronick 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Production Design by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
Art Direction by
W. Steven Graham 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
Costume Design by
Aude Bronson-Howard 
Makeup Department
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist (as Joe Coscia)
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist: Al Pacino
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist: Al Pacino
Robert Laden .... makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... key hair stylist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist
Production Management
G. Mac Brown .... unit production manager
Doreen A. Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vicki Cherkas .... dga trainee
Maggie Murphy .... second second assistant director
Douglas S. Ornstein .... second assistant director
Amy Sayres .... first assistant director
Art Department
William Armstrong .... stand-by scenic
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard
Roland Brooks .... scenic chargeman
Gerald DeTitta .... lead man
John R. Ford .... assistant property (as John Ford)
Katharine Garrison .... art department coordinator
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master
Ray Kluga .... assistant art director
Amy Marshall .... assistant set decorator
John McDonnell .... assistant property (as John B. McDonnell)
Rudy Pelikan .... key carpenter
John Ralbovsky .... second scenic (as John A. Ralbovsky)
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator
Paul Wardwell .... construction grip (as Paul Thomas Wardwell)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Timothy Main .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
William C. Carruth .... adr editor (as Bill Carruth)
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... foley editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
Ann Hadsell .... adr recordist
John Haeny .... sound effects editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr editor (as Devon Curry)
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Sarah Jacobs .... foley artist
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Jenkins .... dubbing recordist
Rudy J. Lara .... dubbing recordist (as Rudy Lara)
Matthew C. May .... assistant sound editor (as Matt May)
Pat McCormick .... dialogue editor
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Myron Nettinga .... sound effects editor
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Jeff Rosen .... foley editor
Daniel Rosenblum .... sound recordist
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro .... assistant sound editor
Matt Sawelson .... dialogue editor (as Matthew Sawelson)
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator
James Simcik .... supervising adr editor
Jill Smith .... apprentice sound editor
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Ulrich .... adr editor
John Hampton .... playback (uncredited)
William Woff .... adr (uncredited)
Phil Adams .... stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Al Goto .... stunts
Michael Haynes .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
John Macchia .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Jane McKernan .... stunts
Peter McKernan .... stunt coordinator
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunts (as Gary Wayton)
Jane Austin .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Al Pacino (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Russell Caldwell .... electrician (as Edward Tobin)
John Cambria .... second assistant camera
Jerry DeBlau .... chief lighting technician (as Jeffrey Deblau)
Ken Ferris .... camera operator: "a" camera
Richard Guinness Jr. .... dolly grip (as Richard Guinness)
Andy Harris .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Paul Kinghan .... electrician
David Knox .... camera operator
Sal Lanza .... grip
Martin Lowry .... grip
Sal Martorano .... gaffer: second unit
Arthur Moshlak .... electrician
Larry Orlick .... first assistant camera (as Lawrence Orlick)
John Panuccio .... best boy grip
Peter John Petraglia .... best boy
George Potter .... electrician
Robert T. Prate .... grip (as Robert Prate)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Thomas J. Prate Jr.)
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Joseph Viano .... grip
Paul Colangelo .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Julie Madison .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David C. Robinson .... assistant costume designer (as David Carl Robinson)
Melissa Stanton .... wardrobe: women (as Melissa Adzima-Stanton)
Benjamin Wilson .... wardrobe: men
Timothy Alberts .... set costumer (uncredited)
Cynthia Flowers .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Susan Alexander .... assistant film editor
Joyce Arrastia .... apprentice film editor
Will Binder .... post-production assistant
Ken Blackwell .... assistant film editor (as Kenneth Blackwell)
Sandy Brundage .... negative cutter
David Dresher .... associate film editor
Susan Graef .... assistant film editor
Matthew A. Handal .... apprentice film editor
Brian Schwary .... apprentice film editor
Mike Stanwick .... negative timer
Michael T. Wilson .... assistant film editor
Lynn Cassaniti .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Andy Bass .... score recordist
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Leslie Morris .... orchestra manager
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator (as Thomas Pastieri)
John Vigran .... music scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Stan Kurtis .... musician: solo violin (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Francis Connolly Jr. .... transportation co-captain
Gino Lucci .... picture cars
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation captain (as James P. Whalen)
Richard Curry .... driver: Mr. Pacino (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Anthony .... production assistant
Moshe Bardach .... location scout
Kristin Bernstein .... production assistant (as Kristin Cameron)
William M. Connor .... production assistant (as Bill Connor)
Andrew D. Cooke .... location manager
Lou Crisa .... security: Al Pacino
Stephen Lee Davis .... production assistant
Teresa A. Ekwall .... assistant: Ronald L. Schwary
Joe Facey .... craft service
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jillian C. Flynn .... location scout
Wayne Forman .... catering: Unique Catering (as Wayne Foreman)
Marisa Forzano .... assistant: Al Pacino
Eleni Fotinos .... assistant choreographer
Jeffrey A. Frederick .... production assistant
Kathryn Loraine Hibbs .... production accountant
David Hummel .... production assistant
Delroy Hunter .... parking coordinator
Edward A. Ioffreda .... assistant: G. Mac Brown
Andrea Isaacs .... assistant production accountant
Michael Johnson .... production assistant
Harriette Kanew .... production coordinator
Kim Kennedy .... production assistant
Diane Krakower .... assistant: Martin Brest
Jessica Levin .... assistant production coordinator
Patricia A. Marsh .... production assistant
Jerry Mitchell .... choreographer
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Paul Pellicoro .... choreographer
Lyn Pinezich .... assistant location manager
John Rath .... location scout
John Rizzo .... production assistant
Susan E. Schonhorn .... production assistant
Lynne Twentyman .... continuity supervisor (as Lynn Twentyman)
David J. Wally .... production associate
Neil Weinberger .... production assistant
Stephen Whelan .... production assistant
Gina White .... production assistant
Nadine F. Wilson .... assistant production accountant
Gerry Ferrara .... projectionist (uncredited)
Tim Judge .... executive assistant: Al Pacino (uncredited)
Peter Kelley .... dialogue coach: Chris O'Donnell (uncredited)
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
John Mingalone .... production assistant (uncredited)
Judy Richter .... production assistant (uncredited)
Laura Jean Shannon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Giuseppe Greco .... special thanks (as Mr. Giuseppe Greco)
Richard Koplin .... special thanks (as Dr. Richard Koplin)
Hugh Steward .... special thanks (as Mr. Hugh Steward)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language
156 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18 (Ontario - 2006) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-3 | Germany:12 (f) | Germany:12 (video rating) | Iceland:L | New Zealand:PG | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (video rating) (cut) | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #32138)

Did You Know?

As a guest on "Inside the Actors Studio" (1994) (Oct. 2, 2006), Al Pacino recounted to host James Lipton how he'd had an embarrassing moment in a crowded elevator after winning his first Oscar. Unbeknownst to Pacino, was that the head of his statuette was poking a well-known actress in her posterior. When she turned around, Pacino quickly explained that his Oscar, not he, was to blame for her discomfort.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the hotel scene following the Thanksgiving family scene, Frank is assembling his .45. When Charlie calls the .45 a "gun," Frank corrects him, saying it is a "piece" or a "weapon," but "never a 'gun'". A few moment later, Frank tells Charlie "a Colonel never gives up his gun!"See more »
[repeated line]
Lt. Col. Frank Slade:Where's the booze? Flowin' like mud around here.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in About Last Night (2014)See more »
CaminitoSee more »


What is the name of the song to which Frank and Donna do the tango?
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Good story, brilliant acting, what more do you want?, 10 August 2004
Author: David Gerrit Garvelink from Amsterdam

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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