Thursday, July 15, 2010

Scent of a Woman (1992) - Frank Slade

Scent of a Woman theatrical poster
Scent of a Woman was an adaptation from the novel Il buio e il miele (Italian: Darkness and Honey) by Giovanni Arpino, and the 1974 screenplay by Ruggero Maccari and Dino Risi (of the Italian movie Profumo di donna, directed by Dino Risi). The film stars Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was directed by Martin Brest, and the screenplay by Bo Goldman.

Scent of a Woman tells the story of Charlie Simms, a preparatory school student needing money and takes a job as an assistant to a blind and medically retired Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade.

Scent of a Woman dance scene - Al Pacino and Gabrielle AnwarSlade takes Charlie along to accompany him for the ride to New York City for the weekend, with a special plan involves stay at a luxury hotel (Waldorf-Astoria), eat at an expensive restaurant, fine wine, and make love to a beautiful woman.

At the Golden Globe Awards, Scent of a Woman won Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Motion Picture - Drama. At the Academy Awards Al Pacino won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

As preparation for his role as Frank Slade, Al Pacino was helped by a school for the blind. He made himself appear blind by not allowing his eyes to focus on anything. For his dance scene with Gabrielle Anwar, two choreographers, Jerry Mitchell and Paul Pellicoro, guided them. Both rehearsed their tango for 2 weeks for the scene that took 3 days to shoot.

Portions of the movie depicting all male boarding school actually were filmed on location at the Emma Willard School, an all-girls school in Troy, New York, and at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City.

Scent of a Woman combine both positive critical reception and commercial success. It earned $134,095,253 worldwide, with 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Al Pacino ... Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade
Chris O'Donnell ... Charlie Simms
Gabrielle Anwar ... Donna
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman)
James Rebhorn ... Mr. Trask
Bradley Whitford ... Randy
Richard Venture ... W.R. Slade


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