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Scent of a Woman is a 1992 movie which tells the story of a blind, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel (Al Pacino) and a Vermont boarding school student (Chris O'Donnell).
It is a remake of a 1974 Italian movie about a blind Italian army colonel and a poor Sicilian.
- Alan Smithee: In the cable version.
- Badass Grandpa: Frank Slade is this trope
- Big Damn Heroes: Just as Charlie is about to face the school, Frank Slade strolls in and casually saves the day
- Big Word Shout: "HOO-AH!"
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word
- Blind Driving: Frank Slade briefly drives a car at top speed, following directions from a terrified Charlie in the passenger seat. And when he gets pulled over for speeding, he talks his way out of a ticket and the cop never realizes he was blind.
- Dirty Coward: George who sold his friends out the instant the situation looked bad. Especially compared to Charlie, whom the boys view disdainfully, who is willing to go down for Them.
- Distracted From Death: Slade tries to make this situation happen by sending Charlie ona Snipe Hunt, Charlie realizes what's happening and goes back in time to stop Slade from killing himself.
- Handicapped Badass
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bradley Whitford and Gabrielle Anwar all appear.
- Honor Before Reason: Charlie would rather face expulsion than sell anyone out for his own sake.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Frank Slade lost his sight while juggling with a hand grenade.
- Kangaroo Court: What Charlie faces when he goes before the Disciplinary Committee in front of the entire school. That is until Frank comes in.
- Large Ham: The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel himself.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While they don't get caught specifically, the boys who pulled the prank get probation and you can tell the Dean is gonna do everything in his power to make their lives Hell from now on.
- Left It In: When Frank crashes into the trashcan on the street in his depression.
- Like You Were Dying
- One-Scene Wonder: Gabrielle Anwar.
- Precision F-Strike: "Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are, fuck you too!"
- Sadist Teacher: The Dean shows signs of this.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money: The logic which the three pranksmen follow and which they think will save them.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules: What Charlie believes in.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Frank Slade starts way too off the cynical side, but by the end of the film he starts to side with Charlie's idealism.
- Notable that Charlie gains a bit more cynicism too (mostly enough to start ACTING on his desires, rather than just waiting for shit to fall in his lap.)