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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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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Lion: Hey Max, what do you do when it's cold?
Max Millan: I put on more clothes. I'm a cold-blooded bastard, I never get warm enough. I take a little nap after every fight.
Lion: What's with the shoe?
Max Millan: What's with mindin' your own business?
Lion: Boy, some partner I picked.
Max Millan: You didn't pick me, I picked you.
Lion: Why?
Max Millan: 'Cause you gave me your last match. You made me laugh. God damn crows are laughin'...
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Two of the greats
26 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Scarecrow when it originally came out in 1973. Like so many movies of that era (late 60's - early 70's) it didn't have the requisite "happy ending" that Hollywood force feeds us today. Instead, we're presented with the desolate lives of two drifters searching for redemption at their respective destinations of Pittsburgh and Detroit. Hackman and Pacino are at their best here, providing the same type of brilliant acting and on-screen presence that Voight and Hoffman gave us in Midnight Cowboy (1969). In fact I've always thought these two movies would make for a great "compare and contrast" assignment in a Theatre Arts class.

Hackman has been quoted as saying that this was his favorite role. No argument here, it's my favorite too. Thanks Gene. You too Al.


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