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Scarecrow (1973)

R | | Drama | 11 April 1973 (USA)
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.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg
4 wins. See more awards »

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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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The road leads itself to somewhere. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1973 (USA) 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

Gene Hackman has said that the box office failure of this film so disappointed him, he thereafter concentrated on purely commercial projects. See more »

Quotes

Max Millan: [Lion was beaten almost to death by Riley] Oh my god,what happened?
Lion: Riley tried to fuck me, so I had to beat the shit out of him.
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Connections

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Forever
(uncredited)
Written by Marijohn Wilkin and Clarence Selman
Performed by Bobby Bare
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Unjustly overlooked classic
24 February 1999 | by buby1987See all my reviews

This overlooked film features Gene Hackman's best performance as an introverted ex-con. Al Pacino gives one of his best performances. Director Jerry Schatzberg and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond capture both the squalor and the grandeur of the American landscape. Garry Michael White's screenplay is filled with richly nuanced characters, religious symbolism and a deep sense of humanity. One of the best of the 70's.


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