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Directed by JERRY SCHATZBERG
Starring GENE HACKMAN & AL PACINO
(1973) Back from long stints in female-free environments: for Al Pacino’s goofy, anything-for-a-laugh naif Francis Lionel Delbuchi (soon-to-be-dubbed “Lion”), five years at sea; his goal: to reconcile with the wife he abandoned and the kid he’s never seen. For Gene Hackman’s in-your-face, “layered-look” Max, six years in San Quentin; his El Dorado: the car wash in Pittsburgh he’s been saving up for. Inevitably, they team up to hike across a Vilmos Zsigmond-shot low-class America, on the way encountering boozy wise-cracking barfly Eileen Brennan, Hackman’s sister in Denver Dorothy Tristan and her own pal Ann Wedgeworth (who’s all over Hackman with a desperately lustful duel of double entendres). But if Hackman proves his toughness in a savage beating of Pacino’s attempted prison rapist, he then defuses a bar fight with a hilarious striptease — to Pacino’s densely enigmatic expression (add your own interpretation). With a devastating phone call and a plunge in a Detroit fountain still to come. Arguably two of the greatest performances by two of our greatest stars at the peak of their powers — and Hackman’s own personal favorite. Winner of Cannes Palme D’Or and Japan’s equally-prestigious Kinema Jumpo award for Best Foreign Film. Screenplay by Garry Michael White. Approx. 112 min. DCP.
A WARNER BROS. RELEASE
"One of the unfortunately lesser-known features of American cinema’s ’70s golden age. Jerry Schatzberg’s gorgeously grungy road movie, shot in grainy widescreen by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, [is] another ephemeral American dream lost in the haze of living hand-to-mouth, surviving day by day. Hollywood movies have rarely spoken such tough and tender truths."
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"ONE OF THE DEFINITIVE ROAD MOVIES OF THE 1970s! A delicate balance of realism and lyricism, photographed in near impressionist style by Vilmos Zsigmond and directed with skill and sensitivity by Schatzberg."
- Dave Kehr, The New York Times
"VISUALLY RICH AND EVOCATIVE! The passing years have proven Scarecrow's continuing appeal as a low-key character study, a downbeat ode to the downtrodden, an elegy for the American dream gone sour."
- Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
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“One of the great 70s road movies!”
– Michael Wilmington
“THE QUINTESSENTIAL ROAD TRIP MOVIE! Pacino and Hackman at their finest!”
– Village Voice
“Schatzberg’s moody portrayal of two drifters is graced with brilliantly intense performances by Hackman and Pacino and a cool, poetic sense of the American landscape.”
– Michael Wilmington
“Pacino’s strong chemistry with Hackman favorably recalls Midnight Cowboy. Scarecrow works beautifully as an extended actor’s duet, but the other major force at play is cinematographer Zsigmond, who lends the film a radiant twilight beauty.”
– Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club
“An unusually fruitful variation on the buddy movie. Both the stars and the supporting cast contribute to an uncommonly credible portrait of lower-working-class American life, witty in its wry acknowledgement of the absurdities of human interaction, raw, truthful and compassionate in its account of dependence and responsibility.”
– Geoff Andrew
Click here to read Variety's recent article on Scarecrow (5/14/13)