Scent of a Woman

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Scent of a Woman ★★★ 1992 (R)

Pacino is a powerhouse (verging on caricature) in a story that, with anyone else in the lead, would be your runofthemill, overly sentimental coming of age/redemption flick. Blind, bitter, and semialcoholic Pacino is a retired army colonel under the care of his married niece. He's home alone over Thanksgiving, under the watchful eye of local prep school student Charlie (O'Donnell). Pacino's abrasive (though wonderfully intuitive and romantic) colonel makes an impact on viewers that lingers like a woman's scent long after the last tango. O'Donnell is competently un derstated in key supporting role, while the tango lesson between Pacino and Anwar dances to the tune of “classic.” Boxoffice winner is a remake of 1975 Italian film “Profumo di Donna.” 157m/C VHS, DVD, HD DVD . Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Venture, Bradley Whitford, Rochelle Oliver, Marga ret Eginton, Tom Riis Farrell, Frances Conroy, Ron Eldard; D: Martin Brest; W: Bo Goldman; C: Don ald E. Thorin; M: Thomas Newman. Oscars '92: Actor (Pacino); Golden Globes '93: Actor—Drama (Pacino), Film—Drama, Screenplay.