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    Plot
      Driven by an extravagant, tour-de-force performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is the story of Frank Slade (Pacino), a blind, retired army colonel who hires Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a poor college student on the verge of expulsion, to take care of him over Thanksgiving weekend. At the beginning of the weekend, Frank takes Charlie to New York, where he reveals to the student that he intends to visit his family, have a few terrific meals, sleep with a beautiful woman and, finally, commit suicide. The film follows the mis-matched pair over the course of the weekend, as they learn about life through their series of adventures. Though the story is a little contrived and predictable, it pulls all the right strings, thanks to O'Donnell's sympathetic supporting role and Pacino's powerful lead performance, for which he won his first Academy Award. Scent of a Woman is based on the 1975 Italian film Profumo Di Donna. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Drama
    Movie Level Themes
      Suicide, Innocence Lost, Mentors, Living With Disability
    Movie Level Tones
      Autumnal, Humorous, Wry, Bittersweet, Wistful, Deliberate
    Awards
    • 1993--British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Bo Goldman-Nominee
    • 1992--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Martin Brest-Nominee
    • 1992--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Al Pacino-Winner
    • 1992--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Bo Goldman-Winner
    • 1992--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Chris O'Donnell-Nominee
    • 1992--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Al Pacino-Winner
    • 1992--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bo Goldman-Nominee
    • 1992--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Martin Brest-Nominee
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    Review

      Featuring a triumphant performance from the king of braggadocio, Al Pacino, Martin Brest's comedy-inflected drama is a minor masterpiece of cinematic storytelling. Chris O'Donnell's auspicious debut as a bright-eyed high schooler works in remarkable harmony with Pacino's portrayal the blind, irritable, foul-mouthed, former military man O'Donnell is supposed to look after. The result is a magnificent and irresistible narrative, and although it runs a little long, a few minutes of fidgeting are well worth the viewer's time, for this film delivers the goods. Pacino's performance is arguably his best since Scarface, combining his usual macho swaggering with an almost pathetic undertone. The actor adds a very physical aspect to his enduring and memorable performance, mimicking the mannerisms of a blind man convincingly. His irascible military man character is eruptively funny, sad, twisted, and paternal all at the same time. O'Donnell provides Pacino with a perfect foil, inflecting his prep schoolboy characterization with growing admiration for his seemingly unbearable charge. The film also features a young Phillip Seymour Hoffman, a modern-day mainstay whose credits include Happiness, Magnolia and Almost Famous. Bo Goldman's sensational script is adapted adroitly by Brest, and, coupled with fine acting, makes for a simply remarkable film. ~ Mike DiBella, Rovi








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