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Scarecrow (1973) Poster

(1973)

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Before shooting, Gene Hackman and Al Pacino both dressed as hobos and hitchhiked through California to get into their characters.
Gene Hackman has stated that his performance in Scarecrow (1973) is his personal favorite.
According to Al Pacino, this was the greatest script he'd ever read.
According to Al Pacino, he and Gene Hackman did not get along very well during filming due to their different personalities.
According to Jerry Schatzberg, Gene Hackman was hard to work with and argued with everyone on the set including his brother, Richard Hackman, who was working as his stand-in. To get back at Gene, Schatzberg gave Richard a part in the film. But Gene ended up being delighted that his brother was in the film.
Gene Hackman's line to the waitress, "Is this your first day?", was an ad-lib. Hackman was genuinely annoyed with the actress.
Gene Hackman was asked in a rare interview about his favorite movie of all the ones he did , He said its really hard to pick its just like picking one of your children , However he said " ...there was a movie i did years ago , didnt get much press , it was called Scarecrow."
Gene Hackman has said that the box office failure of this film so disappointed him, he thereafter concentrated on purely commercial projects.
The script was originally more comedic with bits of physical humor. But Schatzberg reworked the script to make it more dramatic and darkly humorous.
The film was entered and selected to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973 where the picture won in a tie the prestigious Palme d'Or (The Golden Palm) award shared with Alan Bridges' The Hireling (1973).
Near the end of 'Blazing Saddles (1974)' when Cleavon Little is riding his horse as he is escaping out of the front gate of the Warner Brothers lot, you can see the poster for this film in the top right hand side of the screen, above the "Martino's" delivery truck, on the wall of the studio.
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Jack Lemmon and Bill Cosby were originally attached to star.
Director Jerry Schatzberg has been developing several film projects, including a sequel to "Scarecrow," co-written with Bruce Springsteen's former Publicist, Seth Cohen.
The actor sharing a table with Richard Lynch at the work farm commissary is Tony Lo Bianco. The two of them worked together a couple of years later in God Told Me To as extraterrestrial siblings.
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When Max and Lion go into the diner to have breakfast early in the film, the song playing on the jukebox is the top 40 hit "Silver Moon" sung by former Monkee Michael Nesmith, then with the First National Band.
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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.
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Al Pacino and Jerry Schatzberg second film together.
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