Working class college student Charlie Simons earns extra money to pay for his trip home for Christmas by looking after a blind man during the Thanksgiving break. His charge, retired Army Lt. Col. Frank Slade, turns out to be an irascible but sly man who has saved up for a getaway trip to New York City -- featuring good food, fine wine, the tango, a drive(!), an expensive call girl, and a loaded .45. Charlie, worried, gets dragged along on this adventure. In what is hardly more than a two-man show, Pacino and young O'Donnell hold the screen quite nicely, although a tacked on second climax involving trouble at his school feels artificial. Pacino won the 1993 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for this one. The film is a remake of a 1974 Italian film.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
In this Oscar winning movie with preformances by Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnel, this is a tale of Charles,a struggling student(O'Donnel) who helps out a blind veteran(Pacino) for some money to get through college. The general and the student go to New York City unexpectedly for a plan that is unknown to the student. The general obviously has serious symptoms of being bipolar. He will by high as a kite one minute and mean and unforgiving the next. Pacino's plan is to go to New York, live the high life with the money from his disability checks, have a beautiful "escort", and then kill himself. Charles does not want to have anything to do with it but is forced to stay out of pity for the blind man. Through the wild weekend in New York the general helps Charles out with a problem he is having with school. Winning an Oscar for his preformance, Pacino's portrayal of a blind man is so painstakingly real that you can almost forget that in real life he is not visually impaired. If you have not already seen this great movie, head to the local rental store and see how good this movie is for yourself.
The review of this Movie prepared by dino