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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Jerry Schatzberg
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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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Scarecrow is Shattering! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Almost 20 years after the release of this film, its leads Al Pacino and Gene Hackman would go on to earn Oscars in the Lead and Supporting Actor categories in 1993- Pacino for Scent of a Woman (1992) and Hackman (his second Oscar, after The French Connection (1971)) for Unforgiven (1992). In addition, Pacino was also nominated for his supporting role that same year for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), thereby making him a competitor to his costar in this film. See more »

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Lion: It's going to be ladies night every Monday night of the week!
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Referenced in The Big Box: A Christmas Story (2010) See more »

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Silver Moon
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Written and performed by Michael Nesmith
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scarecrow See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,000,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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