Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a cantankerous middle-aged man who lives with his niece and her family.
United States of America
Al Pacino (Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade), Chris O'Donnell (Charlie Simms), James Rebhorn (Mr. Trask), Gabrielle Anwar (Donna), Philip Seymour Hoffman (George Willis, Jr.), Bradley Whitford (Randy) more..., Richard Venture (W.R. Slade), June Squibb (Mrs. Hunsaker), Frances Conroy (Christine Downes), Rochelle Oliver (Gretchen), Tom Riis Farrell (Garry), Nicholas Sadler (Harry Havemeyer), Todd Louiso (Trent Potter), Gene Canfield (Manny), Ron Eldard (Officer Gore), Sally Murphy (Karen Rossi), Michael Santoro (Donny Rossi), Anh Duong (Sofia), Leonard Gaines (Freddie Bisco), David Lansbury (Michael), Baxter Harris (George Willis, Sr.), Francie Swift (Flight Attendant), William Beckwith (Oak Room Maitre D'), Peter Carew (Bootblack), Dan Gifford (Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)), Jack Mulcahy (Oak Room Patron (uncredited)), Margaret Eginton (Gail), Matt Smith (Jimmy Jameson), Joseph Palmas (Bellhop), Michael Simon (Oak Room Waiter), Mansoor Najee-ullah (Skycap), J.T. Cromwell (Ballroom Waiter), Paul Stocker (Doorman), Mike Lisenco (Cab Driver), Divina Cook (Night Maid), Russell Gibson (Barber), Carlo Giuliano (Student), George Grafas (Waldorf Guest), Luke L. Hansen (Student), Kenneth Kopolovicz (Student) and others.
Giovanni Arpino (Novel), Bo Goldman (Screenplay), Ruggero Maccari (Characters), Dino Risi (Characters), Martin Brest (Producer), Ronald L. Schwary (Executive Producer), Thomas Newman (Original Music Composer) more..., Donald E. Thorin (Director of Photography), Harvey Rosenstock (Editor), William Steinkamp (Editor), Michael Tronick (Editor), W. Steven Graham (Art Direction), William C. Carruth (ADR & Dubbing), José Padilla (Additional Soundtrack), Susan Graef (Assistant Editor), Michael T. Wilson (Assistant Editor), Susan Alexander (Assistant Editor), Ken Blackwell (Assistant Editor), G. Mac Brown (Associate Producer), Ellen Lewis (Casting), Angelo P. Graham (Production Design), George DeTitta Jr. (Set Decoration), Aude Bronson-Howard (Costume Design), Joseph Coscia (Hairstylist), Robert Laden (Makeup Artist), Doreen A. Dixon (Post Production Supervisor), Amy Sayres (Assistant Director), Peter McKernan (Stunt Coordinator), Danny Aiello III (Stunts), David C. Robinson (Assistant Costume Designer), Timothy Alberts (Set Costumer), Gino Lucci (Picture Car Coordinator), James Patrick Whalen Jr. (Transportation Captain), Richard Curry (Driver), Myles Aronowitz (Still Photographer), Jerry DeBlau (Lighting Technician), Ken Ferris (Camera Operator), Don Pulford (Stunts), G. Mac Brown (Unit Production Manager), Julie Madison (Casting Associate) and others.
Universal Pictures, City Light Films
Charlie and the lieutenant are stopped by the police.
The lieutenant arrives at the hotel.
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade dances a tango with the lovely Donna.