Memorable Movie Moments…

In light of the Thanksgiving season, we’re highlighting a Memorable Movie Moment from Al Pacino‘s long overdue Oscar-win for Best Actor in 1992’s Scent of a Woman. Generally there’s only one scene per post, but I simply can’t write about Scent of a Woman without also highlighting Al Pacino’s closing monologue at the film’s conclusion. Therefore, you get two memorable moments this week instead of just one, so enjoy it! *SPOILER’S AHEAD…

Scent of a Woman co-stars Chris O’Donnell (Batman Forever, Vertical Limit) young prep school student Charlie Simms. Charlie, an honest young man from Oregon and the son of local convenient store owners, takes a job assisting a blind man over the Thanksgiving holiday so that he can afford his airfare home for Christmas. He soon comes to find out, however, that it will not be just another “babysitting” job in front of the television. Charlie’s job is to assist Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a swearing, out-spoken, booze-guzzling, blind retired military officer, who unsuspectingly whisks Charlie away with him to New York City for what he describes only as a “tour of pleasures”. While on their trip of Tango dancing, Ferrari test-driving, and $24 hamburger-style dining, the two come to understand and trust each other. Charlie confides his troubles at school to Colonel Slade who, in return, succumbs to Charlie’s insistence that life is worth living, despite his depression and feeling of uselessness and isolation.

Upon their return home, Colonel Slade decides to accompany Charlie to his hearing. The dilemma Charlie faces is whether or not to snitch on a group of students he saw pulling a prank involving the headmaster’s car, or to snitch and get a letter of recommendation to Harvard from the headmaster. The anticipation builds as Charlie is pressured into revealing the identities, but in the end, his integrity gets the better of him. He refuses to reveal anyone’s identity, even in exchange for a recommendation to a school he had no earthly business attending. The headmaster, however, is not pleased, and decides to recommend that Charlie be expelled. Before that can happen, however, Colonel Slade decides to speak his mind on the matter, which is today’s memorable movie moment (featured at the top of the post). The second memorable moment (just for Thanksgiving sake) is available above. Watch as Colonel Slade and his nephew (yeah, the prick lawyer from Billy Madison!) have it out over turkey and wine!

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