Scarecrow

Scarecrow

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Director: Jerry Schatzberg

Cast: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan

     
 

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An ex-con learns the value of friendship in Jerry Schatzberg's picaresque road movie. Trying to hitch a ride on a desolate California road, fresh-out-of-prison Max (Gene Hackman) meets ex-sailor Lion (Al Pacino). They are both headed east, as Max dreams of opening a deluxe car wash in Pittsburgh and Lion believes that the wife and child he left behind will still…  See more details below

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An ex-con learns the value of friendship in Jerry Schatzberg's picaresque road movie. Trying to hitch a ride on a desolate California road, fresh-out-of-prison Max (Gene Hackman) meets ex-sailor Lion (Al Pacino). They are both headed east, as Max dreams of opening a deluxe car wash in Pittsburgh and Lion believes that the wife and child he left behind will still welcome him home. The two decide to journey together, forging an increasingly deep yet uncertain friendship, as Lion teaches Max how not to be so pugnacious and Max senses Lion's fragility. When the pair hits Detroit, Lion finally gets in touch with his wife and discovers how she really feels. When Lion is shattered by the revelation, Max must decide if he should forge on alone or sacrifice his carefully guarded savings to help his friend. One of a cycle of late 1960s-early 1970s buddy movies that included Midnight Cowboy (1969) and California Split (1974), Scarecrow suggests how alienated men had become from such traditional institutions as marriage and family. Max's and Lion's salvation comes from being on the road with each other, rather than settling down with jobs and families. Pacino's first film after his triumph in The Godfather (1972), and Hackman's follow-up to The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and his Oscar for The French Connection (1971), Scarecrow won the 1973 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but the two stars were not enough to make it a hit. Even so, their nuanced performances enhance this moody study of contemporary dislocation.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Before Scarecrow's meandering, but enjoyable, "odd couple" plot takes a melodramatic turn at the end, the film is an engrossing and delightful character study. The meandering is not a negative in this instance; the mismatched buddies are themselves drifters, wandering through their lives in search of meaning and purpose. Very much a product of its times, Scarecrow is dated, but not in a bad way. It comes across as a snapshot, both of the mood of the country at the time and of the "free" style of filmmaking that flourished briefly as new directors played with new styles and new themes. Scarecrow is not as consciously experimental as other works from the same period, but its willingness to linger over the quirks and oddities of its two main characters is fairly unusual. Jerry Schatzberg gives the proceedings a rueful atmosphere, helped immensely by Vilmos Zsigmond's evocative and subtly stunning cinematography. But the film's biggest asset is its cast. Gene Hackman and Al Pacino have rarely been better. Hackman uses his curious combination of world weariness and hidden explosiveness to very good effect, and, at times, he dominates the film. Pacino sneaks up on the viewer more, turning in a performance that is more nuanced and much less explosive than is usually his wont. It's a remarkably fine piece of acting. The supporting cast is also quite good, with especially notable work from Richard Lynch, Eileen Brennan and Penelope Allen.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
UPC:
0012569688865
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage featurette On the Road With Scarecrow; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Max
Al Pacino Lion
Dorothy Tristan Coley
Ann Wedgeworth Frenchy
Richard Lynch Riley
Eileen Brennan Darlene
Al Cingolani Skipper
Penelope Allen Annie
Rutanya Alda Woman in Camper
Richard Hackman Mickey

Technical Credits
Jerry Schatzberg Director
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Frank Griffin Makeup
Evan Lottman Editor
Craig McKay Editor
Fred Myrow Score Composer
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Robert M. Sherman Producer
Barry Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Garry Michael White Screenwriter
Jo Ynocencio Costumes/Costume Designer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Two on the Road. [5:07]
2. Connecting. [3:41]
3. Partners. [7:05]
4. Laughing Crows. [5:48]
5. Unloadings. [2:23]
6. Conquests. [3:31]
7. Planning Ahead. [3:51]
8. Coley and Frenchy. [5:40]
9. Specialties. [2:57]
10. A Little Privacy. [4:00]
11. Details Over Dinner. [4:29]
12. Why Pittsburgh? [3:21]
13. Store Crazy. [2:00]
14. Farewell Party. [4:42]
15. Fire and Fisticuffs. [3:35]
16. Leave Max Alone. [4:32]
17. Into Washing. [3:02]
18. Have a Nice Life. [3:31]
19. Lion Beaten. [5:17]
20. Giving It to Riley. [2:03]
21. Scarecrows. [3:38]
22. Make 'Em Laugh. [4:08]
23. Detroit. [2:55]
24. Talking to Annie. [6:48]
25. The Fountain. [5:52]
26. Taking Care of Lion. [4:11]
27. Down at the Heel. [2:00]
28. End Credits. [1:52]

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Scarecrow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Billychic More than 1 year ago
The 1970s were a decade of films that took their time telling a story and brought it about with incredible acting, cinematography, and fascinating characters. Scarecrow is a wonderful example of that. No special effects, simply a great tale. It's an era of filmmaking that has gone by, unfortunately. With brilliant performances by Pacino, Hackman, and Ann Wedgeworth, anyone who considers themselves a film lover needs to see this incredible movie.