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Scent of a Woman (1992 film)

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Scent of a Woman
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Brest
Produced by Martin Brest
Screenplay by Bo Goldman
Based on Profumo di Donna
by Ruggero Maccari
Dino Risi
Il buio e il miele
by Giovanni Arpino
Starring Al Pacino
Chris O’Donnell
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin
Edited by William Steinkamp
Michael Tronick
Harvey Rosenstock
City Light Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 23, 1992
Running time
156 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $31 million
Box office $134,095,253

Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama film produced and directed by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, medically retired Army officer. The film stars Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Gabrielle Anwar.

A remake of Dino Risi’s 1974 Italian film Profumo di donna, it was adapted by Bo Goldman from the novel Il buio e il miele (Italian:Darkness and Honey) by Giovanni Arpino and from the 1974 screenplay by Ruggero Maccari and Dino Risi.

Pacino won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance and the film was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film won three major awards at the Golden Globe Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The film was shot primarily around New York state. Portions of the movie were filmed on location at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey; at the Emma Willard School, an all-girls school in Troy, New York; and at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City.

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