Scent of a Woman

Synopsis: Frank is a retired Lt Col in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Martin Brest
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations.
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156 min

I wish you wouldn't do that around me.

It's so filthy !

- Don't give me a problem

about the cigarettes.

- It's such a filthy habit.

Oh, my God !

Look at this.

Oh, Jesus !

This is so appalling !

I can't believe it !

I can't believe

they gave it to him.

Ah, this is pathetic !

Now he's a loser

with a Jaguar.

Seriously, who did he have to blow

to get that thing ?

- Good morning, sir.

- Mr. Willis.

- It's really, uh,

- Mr. Trask !

quite a piece

of machinery.

- Good morning, Havemeyer.

- Morning to you, sir.

- Bene !

- Bene ?

- Bene ! Fabulous !

- What's fabulous ?

That fine piece of steel

you have back there.

Ah, you don't think

I deserve it.

No, sir. On the contrary.

I think it's great.

Should the headmaster of Baird be seen

putt-putting around in some junker ?

In fact, I think the

board of trustees have had...

their first, true stroke

of inspiration in some time.

Thank you, Havemeyer.

I'll take that at face value.

I'd expect

nothing less, sir.

Have a good day.

- Morning, Mrs. Hunsaker.

- Good morning.

What have we here,

Murderer's Row ?

- What was that about ?

- Nothing. Just saying hello.

I like to say hello

to Headmaster Trask.

Sugarbush. Lift tickets and

condo vouchers.

- I thought we were goin' to Stowe.

- Sugarbush is Stowe, Jimmy.

We're doing it right. Thanksgiving

in Vermont, Christmas in Switzerland --

-Christmas in Gstaad is gonna cost us --


The "G" is silent.

'Staad. George ?

- 'Staad.

- Trent ?

- 'Staad, man.

- So what about 'Staad ?

Fine. The "G" may be silent,

but it's gonna take at least

three grand to get there.

- I'll talk to my father.

- Better yet, have my father

talk to your father.

Or my father

talk to your father.

You goin' home

this weekend, Chas ?

Uh, I don't know.

You goin' home to f***in' Idaho

for Thanksgiving ?

I'm from Oregon.

I meant f***in' Oregon.

-Charlie, how do you feel about skiing ?

-[ Laughing ]

You in the mood for

the white-bosomed slopes of Vermont ?

Got a deal going.

My father set it up.

Christmas in Switzerland.

- 'Staad.

- Gstaad. Dropping the "G" is phony.

- You said everybody says 'Staad.

- Not if you've been there.

Easter in Bermuda,

then Kentucky Derby weekend.

We could fit you in, kid.

Well, how much are

these white-bosomed slopes of Vermont ?

Twelve hundred !

Includes a nine-course,

champagne thanksgiving dinner.

$1200 is a little rich

for my blood, Harry.

Well, how short

are you ?

How short, Harry ?

So short it wouldn't be worth the

trouble of you and George to measure.

- But, thanks for askin', all right ?

- Mm-hmm.

- If you change your mind --

- What'd you do that for ?

You know he's on aid.

On major holidays, Willis, it's

customary for the lord of the manor...

- to offer drippings to the poor.

- You're so full of sh*t !

- Hi. Mrs. Rossi ?

- Yes ?

I'm here about

the weekend job.

Come on in.

[ Children Chattering ]

Does he got pimples ?

He hates pimples.

Francine, be quiet.

Pimples. Pimples.


Shush !

I'm sorry.

- The school gave me your name,

but I've forgotten it.

- It's Charlie Simms.

- How are you, Charlie ?

- Fine, thanks.

Right this way.

- You're available the whole weekend ?

- Uh, yeah.

- Not going home for Thanksgiving ?

- No.

[ Mrs. Rossi ]


They put him in a veteran's home,

but he hated it,

so I told my dad

that we'd take him.

Before you go in, do you mind

my telling you a few things ?

Don't "sir" him and don't ask him

too many questions.

And if he staggers a little when

he gets up, don't pay any attention.

[ Sigh ] Charlie, I can tell you're

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Bo Goldman

There are but a few select screenwriters who are spoken of with the kind of reverence usually reserved for film Directors - Robert Towne, Alvin Sargent and Bo Goldman. Goldman is a screenwriter's screenwriter, and one of the most honored in motion picture history. The recipient of two Academy Awards, a New York Film Critics Award, two Writers Guild Awards, three Golden Globes, additional Academy Award and Writers Guild nominations and, ultimately, the Guild's life achievement Award - The Laurel. Born in New York City, Goldman was educated at Exeter and Princeton where he wrote, produced, composed the lyrics and was president of the famed Triangle show, a proving ground for James Stewart and director Joshua Logan. On graduation, he went directly to Broadway as the lyricist for "First Impressions", based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", produced by composer Jule Styne and directed by Abe Burrows, starring Hermione Gingold, Polly Bergen and Farley Granger. Moving into television, Goldman was mentored by the redoubtable Fred Coe (the "D.W. Griffith of dramatic television") and became part of the twilight of The Golden Age, associate producing and script editing Coe's prestigious Playhouse 90 (1956)'s, "The Days of Wine and Roses", "A Plot to Kill Stalin" and Horton Foote's "Old Man". Goldman went on to himself produce and write for Public Television on the award-winning NET Playhouse. During this period, Goldman first tried his hand at screen-writing, resulting in an early version of Shoot the Moon (1982) which stirred the interest of Hollywood and became his calling card. After reading Shoot the Moon (1982), Milos Forman asked Goldman to write the screenplay for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Goldman's first produced film won all five top Academy Awards including Best Screenplay for Goldman. "Cuckoo's Nest" was the first film to win the top five awards since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934). Goldman also received the Writers Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for his work on the film. He next wrote The Rose (1979), which was nominated for four Academy Awards, followed by his original screenplay, Melvin and Howard (1980), which garnered Goldman his second Oscar, second Writers Guild Award and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Screenplay of the Year. Goldman's first screenplay, Shoot the Moon (1982), that started it all, was then filmed by Alan Parker, starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney, the film received international acclaim and was embraced by America's most respected film critics including Pauline Kael and Richard Schickel. For Shoot the Moon (1982), Goldman earned his third Writers Guild nomination. Over the next few years, he contributed uncredited work to countless scripts, including Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981), starring James Cagney and Donald O'Connor, The Flamingo Kid (1984), starring Matt Dillon, and Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy (1990). Goldman tried his hand at directing an adaptation of Susan Minot's novel "Monkeys", and a re-imagining of Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) (aka "Wild Strawberries") as a vehicle for Gregory Peck, but for budgetary and scheduling reasons, both movies lost their start dates. Goldman returned solely to screen-writing with Scent of a Woman (1992), starring Al Pacino. Goldman was honored with his third Academy Award nomination and his third Golden Globe Award. He followed this with Harold Becker's City Hall (1996), starring Al Pacino and John Cusack, and then co-wrote Meet Joe Black (1998), starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. More recently, Goldman did a page one uncredited rewrite of The Perfect Storm (2000). It was Goldman's script that green lit the movie at Warner Bros. and convinced George Clooney to star in the film, which went on to earn $327,000,000. In 2005, he helped prepare the shooting script for Milos Forman's Goya's Ghosts (2006), produced by Saul Zaentz and starring Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem. He wrote a script for a remake of Jules Dassin's Rififi (1955) (aka Rififi), for director Harold Becker, starring Al Pacino. Goldman is married to Mab Ashforth, and is the father of six children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He resides in Rockville, Maine. more…

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