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Scarecrow (1973)

Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

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Jerry Schatzberg
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Hackman ... Max
Al Pacino ... Lion
Dorothy Tristan ... Coley
Ann Wedgeworth ... Frenchy
Richard Lynch ... Riley
Eileen Brennan ... Darlene
Penelope Allen ... Annie (as Penny Allen)
Richard Hackman Richard Hackman ... Mickey
Al Cingolani Al Cingolani ... Skipper
Rutanya Alda ... Woman in camper
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Storyline

Max is an ex-con who's been saving money to open a car wash in Pittsburgh. Lionel is a sailor who's returning home to the midwest to see the child born while he was at sea. They form an unlikely pair as the brawling Max learns a little how Lionel copes with the world: Lionel believes that the scarecrow doesn't scare birds, but instead amuses them - birds find scare-crows funny. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Taglines:

John D. Rockefeller. J.P. Morgan. Andrew Carnegie. Max and Lion. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1974 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Espantapájaros See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Among the songs heard on the film are the soul classics "Working in the Coal Mine" by Allen Toussaint and "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett. See more »

Quotes

Lion: Hey Max, I've been meaning to ask you...
Max Millan: Yeah?
Lion: In the joint...
Max Millan: Yeah?
Lion: No women, right?
Max Millan: No.
Lion: So how'd you get laid?
Max Millan: [gives Lion a long, piercing look before he says anything] I'm gonna' have that car wash. Yeah! And a deep freezer full of steaks. And *ass,* buddy! I mean ASS!
Lion: Max, you should be more careful where you drop your drawers. Some scorpion will put a lip-lock on your big ass.
Max Millan: Uh-huh. Well, it'll be his funeral.
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Silver Moon
Written by Michael Nesmith (uncredited)
Performed by Michael Nesmith & the First National Band
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Two strangers meet on a lonely road and form a tentative, but lasting friendship.
29 January 2002 | by rm91945See all my reviews

Max and Lionel, two ordinary guys, meet by chance on a lonely country road while hitchhiking and strike up a friendship. Max (Gene Hackman) is a hot-tempered ex-con who dreams of owning his own business, a car wash. Lionel (Al Pacino) is a seaman who abandoned his pregnant girlfriend some years prior but who, despite this character flaw, is so mild-mannered and sweet you really just want to give him a big hug.

Hackman is great as the hard-edged Max, yet despite his gruff exterior you know there is a man of deep feeling and caring underneath. Pacino never fails to disappoint in whatever he does and he doesn't in this tour-de-force performance. Famous for playing loud, larger than life character's with extreme zeal -- Colonel Frank Slade from SCENT OF A WOMAN and Tony Montana from SCARFACE for instance -- here his performance is like a whisper -- quietly calm yet powerfully effective.

A nice surprise in the cast is Richard Lynch (in his screen debut) as Riley, the man who befriends Lionel while he and Max are briefly incarcerated for a bar fight. Lynch is only in the movie for approximately 20 minutes, but what a 20 minutes! His ability to convey the sleazy yet somehow likable Riley let's the audience know that this is a talent to watch for in the coming years. With such great method acting from all three actors, it's no wonder this movie won the prestigious Golden Palm Award at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival!


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