Scent of a Woman (1992)

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A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.




  • Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell in Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Chris O'Donnell in Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell at an event for Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell in Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Jodie Foster and Al Pacino at an event for Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar at an event for Scent of a Woman (1992)

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13 May 2001 | mattymatt4ever
| One of Pacino's best!
Thank God! Pacino FINALLY received the Oscar statue he so rightfully deserved in all the years he was in the acting business. It's nice to know the Academy finally came to their senses, and awarded him a Best Actor Oscar for this landmark role. This is one of his most memorable performances, and I'm sure when people think Pacino they think about his portrayal of the blind Colonel Slade. Hoo ha!

The movie itself is not, technically, great. Very good, but not great. The plot is quite predictable and driven via patented Hollywood devices. The courtroom climax contains one of Pacino's most powerful monologues. However, its outcome is melodramatic.

Personally, I thought the whole idea of Pacino being more perceptive of the world than any man or woman with perfect eyesight was far-fetched and sometimes more implausible than stunning. I'm sure there are blind men in the world who ARE in fact very perceptive to what goes on in the world, but few--if any--who can recall a whole history triggered simply by the sound of one's voice. How is he able to tell Chris O'Donnell has pimples? He's not handicapped by blindness; this guy has psychic powers! He doesn't need sight!

I do have to say that some of the most memorable lines come from this movie. Pacino says some original and wildly funny monologues involving subject matter I cannot discuss in this message. And of course there's the timeless quote: "Hoo ha!" Which later became a Pacino trademark.

"Scent of a Woman" is a somewhat flawed, but effective and entertaining film. It's a must-see for Pacino fans everywhere! It's not everyday you can catch a performance this powerful!

My score: 8 (out of 10)

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Release Date:

8 January 1993



Country of Origin


Filming Locations

New York, USA

Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$357,468 27 December 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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