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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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Lt. Col. Frank Slade
Charlie Simms
Mr. Trask
George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman)
Richard Venture ...
W.R. Slade
Margaret Eginton ...
Harry Havemeyer
Trent Potter
Matt Smith ...
Jimmy Jameson
Christine Downes
Mrs. Hunsaker
Officer Gore
Karen Rossi
Michael Santoro ...
Donny Rossi
Alyson Feldman ...
Francine Rossi
Erika Feldman ...
Francine Rossi
Julian Stein ...
Willie Rossi
Max Stein ...
Willie Rossi
Leonard Gaines ...
Freddie Bisco
Joseph Palmas ...
Baxter Harris ...
George Willis, Sr.
Flight Attendant
Michael Simon ...
Oak Room Waiter
Oak Room Maitre D'
J.T. Cromwell ...
Ballroom Waiter
Peter Carew ...
Paul Stocker ...
Mike Lisenco ...
Cab Driver (as Michael Lisenco)
Divina Cook ...
Night Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Russell Gibson ...
Barber (uncredited)
Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Carlo Giuliano ...
Student (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
George Grafas ...
Waldorf Guest (uncredited)
Luke L. Hansen ...
Student (uncredited)
Kenneth Kopolovicz ...
Student (uncredited)
Oak Room Patron (uncredited)
Eric Reid Schroeder ...
Student (uncredited)
Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)

Directed by

Martin Brest

Written by

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

Music by

Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

Donald E. Thorin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Harvey Rosenstock
William Steinkamp
Michael Tronick

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)

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
Edward Smith ... carpenter
Paul Wardwell ... construction grip (as Paul Thomas Wardwell)
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Timothy Main ... carpenter (uncredited)
Louis J. Porzio ... 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 ... re-recording mixer
J. Paul Huntsman ... supervising sound editor
Chris Jenkins ... 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
Sarah Monat ... foley artist (as Sarah Jacobs)
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 ... 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
Russ 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)

Location Management

Moshe Bardach ... location scout
Andrew D. Cooke ... location manager
Jillian C. Flynn ... location scout
Lyn Pinezich ... assistant location manager
John Rath ... location scout

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)
Chas Smith ... exotic instruments (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
Kristin Bernstein ... production assistant (as Kristin Cameron)
William M. Connor ... production assistant (as Bill Connor)
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
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
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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Plot Summary

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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Taglines 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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le temps d'un week-end (France)
  • Der Duft der Frauen (Germany)
  • Esencia de mujer (Spain)
  • Der Duft der Frauen (Austria)
  • Parfum de femeie (Romania)
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  • 156 min
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Box Office

Budget $31,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $357,468, 23 Dec 1992
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $134,895,607

Did You Know?

Trivia The scene on the street where Lt. Colonel Slade falls over a garbage can was actually unplanned. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Forever Young/Damage/Toys/Scent of a Woman/Used People (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Evangeline See more »
Quotes [Charlie refused to come clean with the names of the students responsible for the prank; Mr. Trask is furious]
Mr. Trask: [furious] I am left with no real witness. Mr. Willis's testimony is not only vague, it is unsubstantiated. The substance I was looking for, Mr. Simms, was to come from you.
Charlie Simms: [remorseful] I'm sorry.
Mr. Trask: I'm sorry too, Mr. Simms, because you know what I am going to do. In as much as I can't punish Mr. Havemeyer, Mr. Potter, or Mr. Jameson, and I won't punish Mr. Willis. He's the only party to this incident who is still worthy of calling himself a Baird man. I'm going to recommend to the disciplinary committee that you be expelled. Mr. Simms, you are a cover-up artist and you are a liar.
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: But not a snitch.
Mr. Trask: Excuse me?
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: No, I don't think I will.
Mr. Trask: Mr. Slade...
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: This is such a crock of SHIT.
Mr. Trask: Please watch your language, Mr. Slade. You are in the Baird School, not a barracks. Mr Simms, I will give you one last opportunity to speak up.
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Mr. Simms doesn't want it. He desn't need to labeled, "Still worthy of being a Baird man". What the hell is that? What is your motto here? "Boys, inform on your classmates, save your hide. Anything short of that, we're gonna burn you at the stake"? Well, gentlemen, when the shit hits the fan, some guys run and some guys stay. Here's Charlie facing the fire and there's George hiding in Big Daddy's pocket. And what are you doing? You're gonna reward George and destroy Charlie.
Mr. Trask: Are you finished, Mr. Slade?
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: No, I'm just gettin' warmed up. I don't know who went to this place, William Howard Taft, William Jennings Bryan, William Tell, whoever. Their spirit is dead, if they ever had one. It's gone. You're building a rat ship here. A vessel for seagoing snitches, and if you think you're preparing these minnows for manhood, you better think again, because I say you are killing the very spirit this institution proclaims it instills. What a sham. What kind of a show you guys are putting on here today? I mean, the only class in this act is sitting next to me, and I'm here to tell ya this boy's soul is intact. It's non-negotiable. You know how I know? Someone here, and I'm not gonna say who, offered to buy it. Only Charlie here wasn't selling.
Mr. Trask: Sir, you're out of order.
[Trask hits the gavel; Col. Slade stands up angry]
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Out of order. I'll show YOU "out of order"! You don't know what "out of order" is, Mr. Trask. I'd show you, but I'm too old, I'm too tired, I'm too fucking blind. If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a...
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: [slams his cane on the desk, screaming] FLAMETHROWER to this place! Out of order? Who the hell do ya think you're talking to? I've been around, ya know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these, younger than these. Their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothing like the sight of an amputated spirit. There's no prostetic for that. You think you're merely sending this splendid foot solder back home to Oregon with tail between his legs, but I say you are executing his SOUL! And why? Because he's not a Baird man. Baird men. You hurt this boy, you're gonna be Baird bums, the lot of ya. And Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are, fuck you too!
[the student body and the committee are in shock as Trask's anger is further aggravated]
Mr. Trask: [yells; hits the gavel three times] Stand down, Mr. Slade!
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: I'm not finished! As I came in here, I heard those words, "Cradle of Leadership". Well, when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall. And it has fallen here. It has fallen. Makers of men, Creators of leaders. Be careful what kind of leaders you're producing here. I don't know if Charlie's silence here today is right or wrong. I'm not a judge or jury, but I can tell you this: He won't sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity. That's called courage. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of. Now I have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew. But I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard. Now here's Charlie. He's come to the crossroads. He has chosen a path. It's the right path. It's a path made of principle that leads to character. Let him continue on his journey. You hold this boy's future in your hands, committee. It's a valuable future. Believe me. Don't destroy it. Protect it. Embrace it. It's gonna make you proud one day, I promise you.
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