Al Pacino and Gene Hackman star as an unlikely duo of hitchhikers who join forces in this free-wheeling New Hollywood gem, directed by Jerry Schatzberg (The Panic in Needle Park). Larger-than-life ex-con Max (Hackman) convinces the coy, jovial ex-sailor Lion (Pacino) to join him on the road to Pittsburgh, where Max has grand plans of opening a lucrative car wash. Nothing comes easy to this ill-fated pairing, who are challenged at every turn by the harsh realities of life, their own very human flaws, and a set of cards stacked against them.
Why You Should See This Film
Scarecrow was filmed at a pivotal moment in both legendary actors' careers, in between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II for Pacino, and between The French Connection and The Conversation for Hackman. Despite landing in such a fruitful creative period for all involved, Scarecrow remains overlooked – but both Pacino and Hackman cite it as one of their favourites. A must for New Hollywood devotees, and early Pacino obsessives.
- Year: 1973
- Rating: M
- Director: Jerry Schatzberg
- Cast: Al Pacino, Gene Hackman
- Duration: 108 minutes
- Language: English