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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 5. Scent of a woman (1992)

October 14, 2011

5. Scent of a Woman [Blu-ray] (1992)

Plot: Frank Slade (Al Pacino) is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US army. He’s blind and impossible to get along with.

Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell) is at school and is looking forward to going to university; 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.

Col. Frank Slade has a very special plan for the weekend. It involves travel, women, good food, fine wine, the tango, chauffeured limousines and a loaded forty-five. And he’s bringing Charlie along for the ride. (tagline)

Also Starring: James RebhornGabrielle AnwarPhilip Seymour HoffmanBradley WhitfordRon Eldard
Directed by: Martin Brest
Written by: Bo Goldman
Length: 157 min
Budget: N/A
Gross Revenue: $63,895,607 (USA)

My Favorite Movie Quote: Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Whoo-ah.

Review: Sean Penn, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Spencer Tracy and Fredric March.

You know what they all have in common?

They have each won two Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Al Pacino has only won one Oscar, ONE!! The greatest actor ever born!!?? Anyone else find this weird? Only one.. Not even a lesser valued Supporting Actor statue to add to his trophy cabinet… And it’s not due to lack of nominations since he’s been nominated seven times!! Which means he’s been snubbed six times!
What upsets me the most is that even Fredric March has managed to snag more statues. Now, I have no idea who Fredric March is, but if I did some snooping I’m sure I’ll find evidence he’s the second cousin of some hot shot in the Academy or something like that, AND that he starred in black and white silent movies back when there were only three male actors in Hollywood; him, Charlie Chaplin and that guy with the glasses.

I have to admit, when I first realized that Al Pacino was trailing in the Academy Award statue race I suspected it was due to “Heightism” because as you know Al is 5′ 7″ and just inches away from being considered a dwarf. Now I love dwarfs (as I on numerous occasions have declared), but I suspect not everybody is a “dwarf-lover”. I quickly had to put that theory to rest though, as I discovered Dustin Hoffman is just 5′ 5½”…

Oscar Count: 1 Win: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Al Pacino)
3 Nominations: Best Picture (Martin Brest) Best Director (Martin Brest) Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Bo Goldman)

But enough about the politics of Hollywood. This movie is great. Philip Seymour Hoffman is awesome as spoiled brat, Chris O’Donnell, who I normally can’t stand, is quite okay here as a kind of pre-Michael Cera nervous nerd. And Al Pacino, well, he’s amazing. As always!! (Note: Previous statement NOT including Revolution).

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Al Pacino was helped by a school for the blind in his preparation for this role. He said that he made himself appear blind by not allowing his eyes to focus on anything.

Al Pacino would often remain in character off set, using his cane to walk with and never looking at anyone when they talked to him.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 6. The Princess Bride (1987)


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