Scent of a Woman

23 December 1992156 min

Col. Frank Slade has a very special plan for the weekend!


Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a cantankerous middle-aged man who lives with his niece and her family.

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Cast & Crew


Thomas Newman

Original Music Composer



Bo Goldman



Donald E. Thorin

Director of Photography


Angelo P. Graham

Production Design

W. Steven Graham

Art Direction

George DeTitta Jr.

Set Decoration


Ronald L. Schwary

Executive Producer

Amy Sayres

Assistant Director

Costume & Make-Up

David C. Robinson

Assistant Costume Designer

Fun Facts of Movie

  • 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 and Gabrielle Anwar rehearsed their tango for 2 weeks. The scene took 3 days to shoot.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio auditioned to play Charlie.
  • 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.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman auditioned for his role five times before he was cast. He was working various odd jobs in between sporadic film and TV roles, stocking shelves at a Manhattan deli before being cast. Hoffman cited this as the film that changed everything for his career.
  • The scene on the street where Lt. Colonel Slade falls over a garbage can was actually unplanned.
  • Al Pacino originally turned down the lead, and Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman and Joe Pesci were considered. On his agent’s advice Pacino reluctantly accepted the part. He later gave his agent credit on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) for making him reconsider taking his Oscar-winning role.
  • Frank and Charlie’s driver of the limousine is called Manny, as well as Manolo. Al Pacino‘s left hand in his movie Scarface (1983) was also called Manny, and Manolo.
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