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Scarecrow -- Oscar-winning superstars Gene Hackman and Al Pacino star as two born losers -- one a gruff ex-con who dreams of owning his own carwash and the other, a clowning, likable ex-seaman.


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Release Date:
26 May 1973 (France) See more »
The road leads itself to somewhere.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Two of the greats See more (71 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Max

Al Pacino ... Lion

Dorothy Tristan ... Coley

Ann Wedgeworth ... Frenchy

Richard Lynch ... Riley

Eileen Brennan ... Darlene

Penelope Allen ... Annie
Richard Hackman ... Mickey

Al Cingolani ... Skipper

Rutanya Alda ... Woman in camper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ann Brownlee ... Hooker (uncredited)
Nicholas Carbone ... Child (uncredited)
Frank Chartier ... Bartender (uncredited)
James G. Cureman ... Hippie (uncredited)
Armen Darakdjian ... Lion's Son (uncredited)
June Denning ... Myra (uncredited)
June Dixon ... Waitress (uncredited)
Richard Jamison ... Young Man (uncredited)
Karen Lamm ... Waitress (uncredited)
Louise Martin ... Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
Charles Noel ... Doctor (uncredited)
Albert Schmidt ... Drunk (uncredited)
Patricia A. Wasson ... Mother (uncredited)
Audrianne Waters ... Nurse (uncredited)
John G. Wedum ... Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Schatzberg 
Writing credits
Garry Michael White (written by)

Produced by
Robert M. Sherman .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Myrow 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Evan A. Lottman  (as Evan Lottman)
Production Design by
Albert Brenner  (as Al Brenner)
Costume Design by
Jo Ynocencio 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Bonniwell .... second assistant director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Paul J. Crossey .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Sound Department
Edward Beyer .... sound editor
Victor Goode .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert M. Reitano .... sound editor
Barry Thomas .... sound
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James O. Blair .... gaffer (as Jim Blair)
Jim Buchanan .... best boy
Tom May .... key grip
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Sven Walnum .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Kate Hirson .... assistant editor
Michael Jacobi .... assistant editor
Craig McKay .... associate editor
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor
Gene Levy .... assistant to the producer
Anne Shaw .... production secretary
Vernon White .... publicist
Kit Andree .... voice (uncredited)
Marilyn Chris .... voice (uncredited)
Lucille Cole .... voice (uncredited)
Henry Hank .... voice (uncredited)
James Howard Horn .... voice (uncredited)
Rowena McNally .... voice (uncredited)
Charles Noel .... voice (uncredited)
Dennis O'Shea .... voice (uncredited)

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112 min | Australia:108 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:R (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1974) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

According to Al Pacino, he and Gene Hackman did not get along very well during filming due to their different personalities.See more »
Lion:[First lines] Hi,how you doin'See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)See more »
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61 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Two of the greats, 26 January 2005
Author: djvcbd from United States

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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