• Scent of a Woman (1992)

Scent of a Woman

Release Date: 1992

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 1998

R |2 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Frank is a retired Lt. Col. in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is at school and is looking forward to going to college. To help pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over Thanksgiving. Frank's niece says this will be easy money, but she didn't reckon on Frank spending his Thanksgiving in New York.

Cast: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Venture, Bradley Whitford, Ron Eldard

Director: Martin Brest

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures, City Lights Pictures

Keywords: Engaging, New York City, Brother, Transformation, Friendship, 1990s, Hotel

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    By the end of Scent of a Woman, we have arrived at the usual conclusion of the coming-of-age movie, and the usual conclusion of the prep school movie. But rarely have we been taken there with so much intelligence and skill. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide Magazine

    Thanks to a landmark performance by Al Pacino, SCENT OF A WOMAN is an agreeably watchable film. If they'd made it half an hour shorter and re-written the ending, it could have been a great one. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    If there's anything special about the film, it's that on this occasion, the emotional realism of the characters, especially Slade, is heartwrenchingly believable. show more

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