Frank reserves a room at the. The dialogue ranges from the insightful to the crassly sentimental, and there's no dramatic structure to speak of. Although struggling with his decision, Charlie gives no information, so Trask recommends Charlie's expulsion. For his defense, George has enlisted the help of his wealthy father, using his poor vision as an excuse before naming all three of the perpetrators. Frank reveals that there was an attempt to buy Charlie's testimony and that regardless of whether his silence is right or wrong, Charlie refuses to sell anybody out to advance his future.
During this time, the cause of Frank's blindness is also revealed: he was juggling live hand grenades, showing off for a group of second lieutenants, and one of the grenades exploded. Pacino won the for his performance and the film was nominated for , and. Seeing a spark between them, Charlie tells Downes that Frank served on 's staff. To understand what it feels like to be blind, he met with clients of New York's Associated Blind, being particularly interested in hearing from those who had lost their sight due to trauma. Later at a restaurant, Frank is aware of Donna, a young woman waiting for her date.
Charlie intervenes and attempts to grab Frank's pistol. That night, he hires a. Incensed over the prank, Trask quickly learns of the two student witnesses and presses Charlie and George to divulge the names of the perpetrators. Charlie initially leaves the room but quickly becomes suspicious. If they'd made it half an hour shorter and re-written the ending, it could have been a great one. Charlie returns to find Frank in his full dress blues uniform, preparing to commit suicide with a pistol from which Charlie had made Frank promise to remove the bullets earlier. Shortly after Charlie arrives, Frank unexpectedly whisks Charlie off on a trip to.
As Charlie escorts Frank to his limo, a female political science teacher, Christine Downes, who is part of the disciplinary committee, approaches him, commending him for his speech. The film won three major awards at the : , and. On this announcement, the hall erupts to thunderous applause from the students. Charlie remains silent, but is conflicted about what to do. Pacino won an , the first of his career after , and his eighth overall nomination. The , also in New York, schooled him in techniques a blind person might use to find a chair and seat themselves, pour liquid from a bottle and light a cigar.
Frank smooth-talks the initially-reluctant Ferrari dealership salesman into letting Charlie, who Frank says is his son, test-drive the car. The film was shot primarily around , and also on location at , at the , an all-girls school in , and at the in. Instead, he finds himself on a whirlwind, induction-into-manhood tour of Manhattan. Charlie and George Willis, Jr. Now blind and embittered and living in New Hampshire.
Frank advises Charlie to inform on his classmates and go to Harvard, warning him that George will probably give in to the pressure to talk, and Charlie had better cash in before George does. Pacino plays Frank Slade, a brilliant ex-Lieutenant Colonel whose career was cut short by a stupid accident. Once on the road, Frank is unenthusiastic until Charlie allows him to drive, quickly getting the attention of a police officer. Pacino plays Frank Slade, a brilliant ex-Lieutenant Colonel whose career was cut short by a stupid accident. Frank cannot contain himself and launches into a passionate speech defending Charlie and questioning the integrity of a school that punishes students for defending their classmates and rewards those for snitching. .
Nevertheless, Pacino, with commendable support from O'Donnell, makes us overlook these shortcomings--until the end, that is, when a hammy show-down at Baird College finally pushes the credibility meter off the scale. Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. The woman who hired him asks Charlie to watch over her uncle, Frank Slade, whom Charlie discovers to be a cantankerous, blind alcoholic. During dinner at the , Frank glibly states the goals of the trip, which involve enjoying luxurious accommodations in New York before committing. Unlike most of his peers, Charlie was not born into a wealthy family, and attends the school on a scholarship. Now blind and embittered and living in New Hampshire with relatives, Slade has planned to exit this life in glorious style: after one last, hedonistic New York City weekend--the Waldorf, the Oak Room, etc. When they return to the hotel, Frank sends Charlie out on a list of errands.
Frank tells the committee that Charlie has shown integrity in his actions and insists they don't expel him because this is what great leaders are made of, and promises that if allowed to continue on, Charlie will make them proud in the future. Charlie accepts a temporary job over weekend in order to afford a plane ticket home to for Christmas. Deeply despondent the next morning, Frank is initially uninterested in Charlie's proposals for something to do until he suggests they test drive a. Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a cantankerous middle-aged man who lives with his niece and her family. Clients traced the entire progression for him—from the moment they knew they would never see again to the depression and through to acceptance and adjustment. When pressed for more details, George passes the burden to Charlie. From suicidal lows to tango-ing highs with a gorgeous stranger Gabrielle Anwar , Pacino's grouchy loner proves his bark isn't quite as bad as his sight.
If they'd made it half an hour shorter and re-written the ending, it could have been a great one. The two return to New England. After brief deliberations, the disciplinary committee decide to place the students named by George on probation, deny George of any accolades for his testimony and excuse Charlie from punishment, allowing him to have no further involvement in the proceedings. As they return to New York City, Charlie tells Frank about his complications at school. Frank is an unpleasant surprise for the family, as he deliberately provokes everyone and the night ends in acrimony. As Headmaster Trask is opening the proceedings, Frank unexpectedly returns to the school, joining Charlie on the auditorium stage for support. They pay an uninvited visit to Frank's brother's home in for Thanksgiving dinner.
Al Pacino growls his way to Oscar glory as a cantankerous, blind war veteran who takes his student minder Chris O'Donnell on a wild weekend fling in New York. The colonel walks towards his house and happily greets his niece's young children as Charlie watches by the limo. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U. They enter a tense fight, with both grappling for the gun; however, Frank backs down after Charlie bravely calms him. Pacino inhabits the role with such passion and conviction, however, that we suspend our skepticism and delight in watching him dance a tango, test-drive a Ferrari or simply rail at his lot. Some criticized the film for its length.