Chris O'Donnell stars as Charlie Simms, a young and innocent scholarship student at an exclusive prep school in New Hampshire who agrees to look after Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Al Pacino), a blind retired army officer, to earn extra money over the Thanksgiving holiday. Frank is a cantankerous and cynical bully who completely suprises Charlie with his plans for their weekend. He has bought them tickets to New York, booked a suite at the Waldorf, rented a limousine, and has big plans for a wild weekend in the Big Apple. Before Charlie realizes what he has gotten into, he is accompanying the colonel around Manhattan as they begin their wild and eye-opening adventures that include a fast-paced test drive in a Ferrari and a tango with a beautiful woman (Gabrielle Anwar). Frank's passion is women; he waxes lyrically on their bodies, scent, and sensuality, and gradually Charlie becomes aware of the sentimental romantic buried deep within the lonely man's heart. Charlie and Frank's growing relationship is the core of the film; Frank teaches Charlie how to see, and Charlie teaches Frank how to feel in this heart-wrenching and heartwarming comedy. Al Pacino is simply stunning as Frank Slade, relying on his vocal power and strong physicality to carry across a complex range of emotions. He is both intolerable and completely lovable in this Oscar-winning role of a lifetime.
1992 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
Al Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Alfredo James Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Ron Eldard - American Actor
Chris O'Donnell - American actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Oscar-winning actor, CAPOTE, DOUBT
Philip S. Hoffman - Oscar-winning actor, CAPOTE, DOUBT
Gabrielle Anwar - English actress, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Richard Bradford - American Actor
Martin Brest - Director/Producer
James Rebhorn - Supporting Actor
Bradley Whitford - Supporting actor
Hoping to earn some extra money, a relatively underprivileged prep school student agrees to look after a cantankerous, blind, retired lieutenant colonel during his holiday. Thrown off guard by his charge's bullying style, the student's in for even more surprises when the two take off for a wild weekend in New York City.
Theatrical release: December 1, 1992. Filmed in New York City and at Kaufman Astoria Studios, Queens, using a widescreen process. Bo Goldman's screenplay was suggested by a character in PROFUM DI DONNA, an Italian film written by Ruggero Maccari and directed by Dino Risi. PROFUMA was based on the novel IL BUIO E IL MIELE by Giovanni Arpino.
"Al Pacino pulls out the heavy acting artillery....He's astoundingly good..." - 01/07/1993 Rolling Stone, p.50
"...[The film] gives Al Pacino a role that's a perfect fit....Pacino's most flamboyant performance yet..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 12/23/1992 USA Today, p.1D
"...[Featuring] Al Pacino in one of his best and riskiest performances..." - 12/23/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.37