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Hoo-hah! After seven Oscar nominations for his outstanding work in films such as The Godfather, Serpico, and Dog Day Afternoon, it's ironic that Al Pacino finally won the Oscar for his grandstanding lead performance in this 1992 crowd pleaser. As the blind, blunt, and ultimately benevolent retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, Pacino is both hammy and compelling, simultaneously subtle and grandly over-the-top when defending his new assistant and prep school student Charlie (Chris O'Donnell) at a disciplinary hearing. While the subplot involving Charlie's prep-school crisis plays like a sequel to Dead Poets Society, Pacino's adventurous escapades in New York City provide comic relief, rich character development, and a memorable supporting role for Gabrielle Anwar as the young woman who accepts the colonel's invitation to dance the tango. Scent of a Woman is a remake of the 1972 Italian film Profumo di donna. In addition to Pacino's award, the picture garnered Oscar nominations for director Martin Brest and for screenwriter Bo Goldman. --Jeff Shannon

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    Al PacinoLieutenant Colonel Frank Slade
    Chris O'DonnellCharlie Simms
    James RebhornMr. Trask
    Gabrielle AnwarDonna
    Philip Seymour HoffmanGeorge Willis, Jr.
    Bradley WhitfordRandy
    Tom Riis FarrellGarry
    Nicholas SadlerHarry Havemeyer
    Todd LouisoTrent Potter
    Frances ConroyChristine Downes
    Ron EldardOfficer Gore

    • Genre: Drama Movies
    • Director: Martin Brest
    • Producer: Universal
    • Length: 157 min
    • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
    • Theatrical Release
      North AmericaDec 23, 1992
      EuropeMar 12, 1993
      AustraliaMar 11, 1993
    • Ratings
      North AmericaR
    • DVD Release
      North AmericaMay 6, 2003
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