Archive of films Scarecrow / Scarecrow

1973, 112 min

Section: Tribute to Jerry Schatzberg
Year: 2013

A couple of vagabonds named Max and Lion meet up while hitchhiking on a deserted road somewhere in California. These temperamentally different men are connected by a desire to change their lives and thereby drive away the shadows of the past.… In this simple tragicomedy, which took the Grand Prix at Cannes 1973, Jerry Schatzberg sensitively worked the dramatic synergy of two New Hollywood superstars – Gene Hackman and Al Pacino.


Two vagabonds chance to meet while hitchhiking on an abandoned road somewhere in California. At first the elder guy, Max, doesn’t want anything to do with the younger, Lion. It takes a broken lighter to convince the untrusting loner – his teeth clenching an unlit cigar – that the trip might be easier with someone else along. Although temperamentally different, the two wanderers are united in their desire to change their lives and thereby drive away the shadows of the past. Max did six years for assault and now he’s on his way to Pittsburgh to open a car wash. Lion spent five years at sea, having abandoned his pregnant girlfriend in Detroit; he’s carrying a wrapped box containing a children’s lamp and he’d like to pick the relationship up where things left off.… In his simple tragicomedy, Jerry Schatzberg sensitively worked the synergy of two New Hollywood superstars – 43-year-old Gene Hackman and Al Pacino, a decade his junior. They provide a compelling spark above all to the partially improvised scenes in which their outsider characters attempt to make contact with a society that doesn’t give a damn about them.… The movie, which took the 1973 Grand Prix at Cannes, is one of a number of motion pictures that the new writer-director generation adopted as the narrative model of the road movie (see also Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People or Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces). And veteran Vilmos Zsigmond’s excellent camerawork is another highlight of a classically told tale of simple dreams doomed to failure.

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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Tribute to Jerry Schatzberg
Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Screenplay: Garry Michael White
Dir. of Photography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Music: Fred Myrow
Editor: Evan Lottman
Producer: Robert M. Sherman
Production: Warner Bros.
Cast: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth
Contact: Park Circus Limited


Jerry Schatzberg

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