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Scent of a Woman

A promotional film poster for Scent of a Woman.
Directed by Martin Brest
Produced by Ovidio G. Assonitis
Martin Brest
G. Mac Brown
Ronald L. Schwary
Written by Giovanni Arpino (novel)
Bo Goldman (screenplay)
Starring Al Pacino
Chris O'Donnell
James Rebhorn
Gabrielle Anwar
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Todd Louiso
Music by Thomas Newman
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 23, 1992 (USA)
Running time 157 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Scent of a Woman is a 1992 film which tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible blind, medically retired Army officer. It stars Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is a remake of a movie made by Dino Risi in 1974, Profumo di donna, in which Vittorio Gassman played one of his best known roles. Image File history File links Scent_of_a_Woman. ... Martin Brest (August 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, film editor, and actor. ... Ovidio Assonitis was born on January 18, 1943 in Alexandria, Egypt is an independent film producer and businessman with over 35 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry. ... Martin Brest (August 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, film editor, and actor. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is a renowned and influential Academy Award, four time Golden Globe, AFI, two time BAFTA, Emmy Award, and two time Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor who played such iconic roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy and Tony Montana... Christopher Chris Eugene ODonnell (born June 26, 1970) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor, perhaps best known for playing Robin in the Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. ... James Rebhorn (born September 1, 1948) is an American character actor who has appeared in over one hundred television shows, feature films, and plays. ... Gabrielle Anwar (born February 4, 1970) is an English actress, known for her roles in the 1990s films The Three Musketeers and Body Snatchers. ... Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Todd Louiso (born 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American film actor best known for his role as timid record store clerk Dick in High Fidelity, opposite Jack Black and John Cusack. ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... is the 357th day of the year (358th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is a renowned and influential Academy Award, four time Golden Globe, AFI, two time BAFTA, Emmy Award, and two time Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor who played such iconic roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy and Tony Montana... Christopher Chris Eugene ODonnell (born June 26, 1970) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor, perhaps best known for playing Robin in the Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. ... James Rebhorn (born September 1, 1948) is an American character actor who has appeared in over one hundred television shows, feature films, and plays. ... Gabrielle Anwar (born February 4, 1970) is an English actress, known for her roles in the 1990s films The Three Musketeers and Body Snatchers. ... Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Dino Risi is a Italian film director born in Milan, December 23, 1916. ... Profumo di donna (English: Scent of a Woman) is an award winning Commedia allitaliana film directed by Dino Risi in 1974. ... Vittorio Gassman Vittorio Gassman (Il Mattatore) (September 1, 1922 – June 29, 2000) was an Italian theatre and film actor and director. ...


The movie was adapted by Bo Goldman from the novel Il Buio E Il Miele ("Darkness and Honey") by Giovanni Arpino and from the 1974 screenplay for the movie Profumo Di Donna by Ruggero Maccari and Dino Risi. It was directed by Martin Brest. Bo Goldman is an Academy Award winning screenwriter. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Dino Risi is a Italian film director born in Milan, December 23, 1916. ... Martin Brest (August 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, film editor, and actor. ...


It won the Academy Award for Best Actor (Al Pacino) and was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...


Portions of the movie were filmed on location at the Emma Willard School, an all-girls school in Troy, N.Y. The Emma Willard School, originally called Troy Female Semninary and often referred to simply as Emma, is an independent university-preparatory day and boarding school for young women, located in Troy, New York offering grades 9-12 and PG. It was founded by the womens advocate Emma Willard in... Looking west down Broadway at downtown Troy. ...

Contents

Cast

Actor Role
Al Pacino Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade
Chris O'Donnell Charlie Simms
James Rebhorn Mr. Trask
Philip Seymour Hoffman George Willis, Jr.
Gabrielle Anwar Donna
Richard Venture W.R. Slade
Bradley Whitford Randy
Rochelle Oliver Gretchen
Tom Riis Farrell Garry
Nicholas Sadler Harry Havemeyer
Todd Louiso Trent Potter
Ron Eldard Officer Gore

Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is a renowned and influential Academy Award, four time Golden Globe, AFI, two time BAFTA, Emmy Award, and two time Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor who played such iconic roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy and Tony Montana... Christopher Chris Eugene ODonnell (born June 26, 1970) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor, perhaps best known for playing Robin in the Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. ... James Rebhorn (born September 1, 1948) is an American character actor who has appeared in over one hundred television shows, feature films, and plays. ... Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Gabrielle Anwar (born February 4, 1970) is an English actress, known for her roles in the 1990s films The Three Musketeers and Body Snatchers. ... Bradley Whitford (born October 10, 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor. ... Todd Louiso (born 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American film actor best known for his role as timid record store clerk Dick in High Fidelity, opposite Jack Black and John Cusack. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Summary

The film revolves around Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a student at a private preparatory school, who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino), a cantankerous middle-aged man who is now blind and impossible to get along with. Slade decides to visit New York City and enlists the help of Charlie Simms to lead him on the trip. Whilst Charlie is leading Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade through New York, he is facing a very big problem at school. Fellow students have played a prank on the school principal, and only Charlie and George Willis, Jr. (Philip Seymour Hoffman) know the identity of the culprits. After threatening both students with expulsion, Headmaster Trask asks Willis to exit the office. At this moment, he tries to bribe Charlie by assuring him admission to Harvard, if he names those who committed the prank. Charlie tells him nothing, and Trask warns him that he must be honest or suffer the consequences. Gresham (IPA: ) is a city located in Multnomah County, Oregon about 18km east of Portland. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ...


Slade takes Charlie around New York. They stay at the Waldorf-Astoria. After eating at a fancy restaurant with $24.00 hamburgers (the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel), Colonel Slade reveals the real reason for his trip to New York City: to eat at an expensive restaurant, stay at an amazing hotel, dance and sleep with a beautiful woman, and then commit suicide with his gun. They then visit the Colonel's family, and Charlie learns how Slade lost his sight. Later, the sly Colonel tangos with a girl whose perfume captivates him (hence the title of the movie), and drives a Ferrari, with a very nervous and worried Charlie tagging along. Charlie is a good person at heart, refusing to rat out his classmates over a prank, taking pity on Colonel Slade, and sticking by his side through thick and thin. Charlie's loyalty is not lost on the Colonel. When Slade tricks Charlie into leaving the room to get a cigar, his sly plan fails when Charlie remembers that Slade was earlier armed with a military Colt .45 pistol (M1911). He comes back to the room to find Slade ready to commit suicide with his gun. After a few emotional minutes of talking, yelling, and action, Charlie convinces Slade not to kill himself. It is here that Slade realizes that Charlie is a very brave and tough person at heart, and he would not even let a worthless, bitter man, like himself, take his own life. This article is about the hotel. ... The Plaza Hotel as seen from the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan For the music festival PlazAid, click here The Plaza Hotel in New York City is a landmark 19-story luxury hotel on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South in Manhattan, currently... The Ferrari Mondial is a 2+2 coupe automobile produced from 1980 through 1993. ... The M1911 is a single-action, semiautomatic handgun chambered for the . ...



Charlie returns to school, knowing that George Willis, Jr. is betraying him to get off the hook. The Headmaster holds a courtroom-like meeting, where he questions George Willis, who complains of his poor vision and resorts to his powerful father to help him weasel out of this jam. Unfortunately, it is discovered that Charlie's vision is fine and he received no help from his parents. The Headmaster is on the verge of expelling him, when Colonel Slade, who enters the court during the Headmaster's opening speech on "a Baird man," delivers a provocative and compelling speech of how "the great ship" of education and obedience is no more than a rat barge teaching rats to betray friends. When Slade says that "If I were the man I was five years ago I'd take a flame thrower to this place," he wins over the students, and the jury. Willis's statement that he saw three people set up the prank, and that they might have been "Havemeyer, Potter, and Jameson," is enough to tell the jury who the culprits were. The three young men are placed on disciplinary probation for the prank, but Willis is given no recognition. In the UK and elsewhere, a head teacher is the most senior teacher in a school. ...


The story ends with Charlie being excused from any penalties and expulsions, and Slade going back home. However, no longer bitter, he acts very kindly to his relatives and seems to have a new "look" at life - as does Charlie.


See also

This is the motion picture soundtrack to Martin Brest film Scent of a Woman with Al Pacino and Chris ODonnell. ...

Trivia

  • In order to get Charlie out of the hotel room Slade asks him to buy some aspirins and a Montecristo #1 cigar, a Cuban product banned in the US due to the Cuban embargo.
  • Pacino prepared for the famous 'tango scene' by taking tango lessons at DanceSport, a Manhattan dance studio located near Columbus Circle.
  • Slade notices the girl he will tango with a few minutes later by her smell. When Slade and Charlie talk to her, she tells them her name is Donna - which is the Italian word for "woman."
  • Reportedly to get Chris O'Donnell to cry during the attempted suicide scene Al Pacino took him aside and screamed at him 'drill sergeant' style.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman considered his part in this movie as his "breakthrough role."

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The Montecristo logo Montecristo is the name of two brands of premium cigar, one produced on the island of Cuba for Habanos SA, the Cuban state-owned tobacco company, and the other produced in the Dominican Republic for the Franco-Spanish tobacco monopoly Altadis SA. // The Montecristo brand was created...

Box office

In the US Scent of a Woman earned $63,095,253; internationally it earned ~$71,000,000.


External links

  • Scent of a Woman at the Internet Movie Database
  • Scent of a Woman at Rotten Tomatoes
  • "Out of Order" Monologue by Lt. Col. Frank Slade
  • Pacino's forays into method acting at AMC's DVD_TV blog
  • The history of "hoo-ah" at AMC's DVD_TV blog
  • Writer Bo Goldman's inspirations at AMC's DVD_TV blog
  • More Scent of a Woman trivia at AMC's DVD_TV blog
Preceded by
Bugsy
Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama
1993
Succeeded by
Schindler's List

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Scent of a Woman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (989 words)
Scent of a Woman is a 1992 film which tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible blind, medically retired Army officer.
It is at this point in the film that Colonel Slade reveals the real reason for his trip to New York: to eat at an expensive restaurant, stay at an amazing hotel, sleep with a beautiful woman, and then commit suicide.
Later, the sly Colonel tangos with a girl, and drives a Ferrari, with a very nervous and worried Charlie tagging along.
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