Scarecrow (1973) - Drama

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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.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 88 found boring (14.77%)

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But it squanders them on stereotyped and predictable characters.

"Scarecrow" is a fast moving, totally engaging piece of work superbly directed by Jerry Schatzberg ("Panic in Needle Park").

If you need a lot of action, snappy dialogue, and a Holy Grail to make a movie work for you (and there's nothing wrong with that) Scarecrow isn't for you.

Its the part which is the more enjoyable of the two and gives you a good feeling.

It is entertaining as well as deeply profound.

But it's truly an absorbing and penetrating film about two misunderstood souls, one strong enough to deal with life, and another one who … well, I can only hope, sincerely hope, for an off-screen happy ending.

It wasn't The Godfather or The Conversation but a murky, uneven, and tedious art film, with two great actors just actin' up a hurricane of deeply profound acting.

Still, I can understand why others might be bored by a narrative whose virtues do tend to meander.

A totally absorbing piece of cinema with Pacino & Hackman superb.

Read the reviews, the trivia but this movie moved so slow Iost interest in the story line and the cast.

There's no real plot.

Fortunately, neither Bergman nor some overrated French con-artist (with a penchant for Marxist propaganda) directed this, hence there is a decent cast, and while the goings-on may get occasionally too slow and even depressing, SC is a watchable drama, though with the predictable downer ending in which Pacino gets the crap end of the stick, which was to be expected.

After the gripping documentary-like "The Panic in Needle Park", Jerry Schwartzberg signs another piece of art about two misfit characters, indulging in more poetical and philosophical statements about life, from two vagabonds who meet in a two-lane road penetrating deserted hills, the fitting setting for two men at the crossroads of their lives.

If you like films that have plenty of substance, intriguing characters, and splendid acting, then you owe it to yourself to see Scarecrow.

Exciting most of the time, funny at other times, even sad in some scenes.

On the Edge with Big Max and Little Lion .

The film's droll tone is punctuated by intense dramatic scenes which seem out of place.

I expected it to be a real treat acting-wise, but I had no idea this was going to be such a moving, intense experience.

" And, while both are well made, with very good acting, both seem pointless by the time they hit the end credits.

It may be because the ending is so unexpected and totally different in tone from the rest of the picture.

4) At last, this movie points exactly where i am now : i remember watching « Dark Water » writing it was like my battle against a leaking studio, then « une vie meilleure » writing it was like my shared moments with the kid of my friend, now with this « Scarecrow », like « Just like a woman » or like « Hideous Kinky », it's about the fullness of living empty.

the car wash or Lionels's reunion with his son are just empty dreams finally dispelled by Lionel's catatonic state, which could be construed to be representative of Dorothy's return to the real world from her dream.

Pacino's character Lion is similarly on the edge with a disturbing proclivity to act out dramatic moments as a mask for his guilt at abandoning a woman whom he impregnated.

The plot twists are strangely predictable, too; even the Act 2 "falling out" between Max and Lion feels scripted and clichéd.

I appreciate the product placement for the banquet beer -- the original Coors -- despite it appearing the cans they drink from are quite empty.

For example, the scene where Lionel does the act for the kids comes across as silly, maybe even pointless.

So if you're into deliberately slow-paced dramas (though nothing nearly as slug-slow as a typical overrated Bergman turd), and you've always wanted to see someone try to rape Al Pacino, after which he gets his face smashed in like a pancake, this movie's right up your alley.

Worth watching.

The magic created on screen by these two actors are mind blowing.

Scarecrow was made back when movies with intense character studies, were much more common than they are now.

I suppose one could just see this as another of those depressing contemporary works from the 1970s where boredom and disillusionment are the only things to really be experienced.

Mournful but absorbing Seventies buddy-road film .

Having already made two New Hollywood classics—'Puzzle of a Downfall Child' (1970) and 'The Panic in Needle Park' (1971)—Jerry Schatzberg delivered again with 'Scarecrow', a compelling road-buddy movie starring Gene Hackman as Max Millan and Al Pacino as Francis Lionel "Lion" Delbuchi.

I thought it was an absorbing and at times humorous study of the relationship that developed between them on their journey through Denver, Detroit on way to Pittsburgh(?

Don't waste your time

There's characteristics to Max and Francis that make them compelling for the honesty in what they are: Max is a tough guy, tending to get drunk, get in fights, sex it up with women (who knew Hackman had such, um, animal magnetism), and Francis (also named Lion by Max) is a clown, a little boy who somehow made the mistake of having a kid with a woman before he left the Navy, and has a present ready to give to the kid in Detroit- an androgynous lamp- despite not knowing entirely what to expect.

But overall, the movie is an enjoyable - if gritty - look at searching for one's goal in life (if that's what it was trying to do).

And the cinematography, although masterful, calls attention to itself in an affected way that quickly becomes tiresome.

Many scenes of this character especially " Fountain Scene " when Al was so charming and stunning , a great scene in which Lion's (Al Pacino) mental illness comes out .

The film starts out slow, as expected, because its a story about to traveling drifters.

However, it's a sad tale, and within all the comedy, the often times very engaging drama, there's a very deep story about two wounded men who've somehow found each other on the road of life.

All of that stubborn aggression of Max is burnt into Hackman's bulky frame and he creates an intimidating, fascinating character.

Pacino's performance in the ending scenes (especially at the big fountain) is breathtaking.

During the '70s both Pacino and Hackman made several awesome roles in exciting movies—perhaps it was, though, Hackman who made more good movies in the '70s …; this one is genuine joy for the buffs, as both leads give wonderful performances.

The rest of the film deals with unexpected and unforeseen events which occur.

I first saw this film on its release in 1973, just after I became a Pacino fan following his riveting performance in "The Godfather.

Typical of its era, yet another 70s "grit" drama, focusing on various joes shmoes and their empty, irrelevant lives.

Al Pacino Films: Dog Day Afternoon 1975, Cruising 1980(Freidkin Masterpiece and a cult film to boot), Scarface 1983, Sea Of Love 1989, Scent Of A Woman 1992(I Highly recommend to you this beautiful film), Carlito's Way 1993, Heat 1995, Donnie Brascoe 1997, Insomnia 2002(a very underrated Chris Nolan film, highly recommended).

That shows that although "Scarecrow" is a great film,it never had a chance to gather an audience for itself,possibly because of its gripping,realistic and bleak nature.

But the storyline is too episodic and rambling (despite being repetitive!

The narrative follows a fairly predictable arc that is slowed by some repetition.