Who’d have thought that tough-guy Al Pacino and baby-faced Chris O’Donnell would have such great chemistry? Their odd-couple pairing not only led to a great real-life friendship, but earned Pacino a well-deserved accolade: his first Academy Award.
The Synopsis: Although he may be attending a swanky prep school, Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell) isn’t exactly a member of the country club set. He’s there on scholarship, possibly embroiled in some serious trouble, and completely financially strapped. Charlie’s got some serious problems, and since extra cash is good cash, he’ll jump at any money-making opportunity–even if it’s babysitting a curmudgeonly old veteran (Al Pacino) over Thanksgiving weekend.
But what happens when the weekend is less about watching "Matlock" reruns, and more about fast cars, beautiful women, and the real dangers of a loose cannon on a three-day bender in New York City?
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Scent of a Woman
1.Scent of a Woman is loosely based on the 1974 Italian film Profumo di Donna.
2.Screenwriter Bo Goldman based the ‘Lt. Col. Frank Slade’ character
(played by Al Pacino) on three different people: Goldman’s father, one
of his brothers, and a sergeant he served under in the Army.
3.Jack Nicholson was initially approached to play ‘Lt. Col. Slade,’ but he declined the role after reading the script.
4.In an attempt to create tension between their characters, director
Martin Brest tried to separate Al Pacino and Chris O’Donnell. The
sequestering was not meant to be; the actors liked each other so much
that they soon became almost inseparable.
5.Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays one of Chris O’Donnell’s
schoolmates, describes the film as being his big acting break. “If I
hadn’t gotten into Scent of a Woman, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I’ve never had a non-acting job since,” says Hoffman.
6.The film’s glamorous filming locations include the
Waldorf-Astoria’s lobby, the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room and the Pierre
Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.
7.Al Pacino worked on his tango skills for two months to prepare for the ballroom sequence.
8.When he starred in Scent of a Woman, Chris O’Donnell was still
trying to complete his marketing degree at Boston College. The day
after the film’s premiere, he had a term paper due and three finals
9.Al Pacino won his first Oscar for Scent of a Woman. He had been
nominated six times previously, and that same year, he was honored with
a seventh supporting actor nomination for Glengarry Glen Ross.
10.Since actress Gabrielle Anwar studied ballet as a teenager, it only took her a few practice sessions to master the tango.Read More