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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.
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The scene on the street where Lt. Colonel Slade falls over a garbage can was actually unplanned.
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.
Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar rehearsed their tango for 2 weeks. The scene took 3 days to shoot.
Scenes showing the audience the Baird School and depicting it as an all male boarding school were filmed at the Emma Willard School, one of the oldest all-female boarding schools in the country.
Leonardo DiCaprio auditioned to play Charlie.
The first choice for Frank Slade was Jack Nicholson.
Director Martin Brest disowned the version of the film shown on airlines and television.
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.
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.
Al Pacino originally turned down the lead role. Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, and Joe Pesci were next considered for the lead. Pacino's agent convinced him to take the part and on his agents advice reluctantly accepted it. He later gave his agent credit on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) for making him reconsider taking his Oscar winning role.
Nearly all of the hotel scenes were shot at night to avoid disrupting hotel business.
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff and Anthony Rapp tried out for the role of Charlie Simms. That same year, all the six actors and Chris O'Donnell would star in School Ties (1992), with a plot that also revolves around a preparatory school.
During the disciplinary meeting, Trask tells Slade 'You are out of order!', a line told to another of Al Pacino's characters in ...and justice for all. (1979).
The first film to be aired on the Starz network on its February 1st, 1994 launch date.
An adaptation of Giovanni Arpino's novel "Il buio e il miele", the movie actually shares with the book only the basic premise (young man accompanies on a journey a blind ex-officer who is bitter, charismatic and strong-willed).
Frank and Charlie's driver of the limousine is called Manny, as well as Manolo. Al Pacino's left hand in his movie Scarface (1983) was also called Manny, and Manolo.
Frank's bizarre habit of yelling "hoo-wah!" is an actual United States Army battlecry, although he is saying it wrong. He places far too much of a "W" sound on the second syllable. The real version is closer to "hoo-ah!"
According to his book, Chris Rock asked to audition for the part of Charlie but was turned down.
Gabrielle Anwar's character is named Donna. In Italian language donna means "woman".
To force Charlie to leave the Waldorf Astoria, Col. Slade asks him for medicines and Montecristo No. 1 from a nearby street. Montecristo is a Cuban tobacco limited in the USA's territory due to Cuba's trade sanctions. There is also a Dominican version of the same cigar easily available in most smoke shops.
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.
During the meeting of Baird's Disciplinary Committee, in the background on the wall of the great hall can be seen the next quote: "The place where people meet to seek the highest is holy ground". This quote was pronounced by Felix Adler (1851-1933), a prominent religious leader and Jew rationalist who created the idea about Ethical Culture.
Two choreographers, Jerry Mitchell and Paul Pellicoro, guided the dance scene between Donna and Col. Slade.
In addition to winning the Best Actor Oscar, Al Pacino was nominated for Supporting Actor for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) the same year.
Gabrielle Anwar also played a lead role as a blind individual in Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991).
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Stephen Dorff was considered for the role of Charlie Simms.
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Christopher Serrone auditioned for the role of Charlie.
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According to Chris O'Donnell, when the production was permitted to film at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel, they agreed to allow a cameo by the hotel's then owner Donald J. Trump with wife-to-be Marla Maples. Apparently when a limo drops Pacino and O'Donnell off at the hotel entrance, right behind them Trump and Maples exit another limo. Trump's scene was ultimately cut.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Rebhorn would later appear in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).
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Al Pacino and James Rebhorn also appeared in Carlito's Way (1993).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

It was reported that, in order to make Chris O'Donnell cry during Lt. Colonel Slade's near-suicide scene, Al Pacino had to take him aside and scream at him "drill-sergeant style".

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