26 May 1973
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Preparation for the role
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.
How did I miss this?
I’ve been watching most of Al Pacino’s and Robert De Niro’s films after seeing the Godfather trilogy for the first time recently. I was starting to run out of options when I found Scarecrow on the shelf at a rental store. WOW! Right from the beginning I knew it was going to be something special. I loved Pacino’s character -so gentle, intuitive, nurturing for someone so young. And Hackman was great. The near rape scene at the honor farm was one of the most frightening scenes of its kind that I’ve seen. I’ve never seen Richard Lynch before, but he sure has made a lot of films, compared to Pacino. Makes ya wonder. Anyway, this film is one of the best kept secrets -but why??? It’s a GREAT film, and deserves more recognition.
Just saw it, very impressed.
Really good film with deep meaning and two awesome characters who both evolve. Simple script, simple story good adventure through America. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good, thoughtful film.
Why was Max mad?
There was a sequence where Max got mad at Lion for some reason and wouldn’t speak to him -after the fight. Even in the jail scene he was still mad at Lion. What did Lion do anyway? I couldn’t figure that out.
he was blaming lion for the fight… i don’t know why, he just needed to blame it on anyone but himself. he didn’t want to accept the fact that the reason they were both in jail was entirely his fault.
state of catatonia and other important things about movie
This is a great movie. Hackman and Pacino are magnificent. I feel like I should like this movie more though.
The cinematography was great, the dialogue was magnificent. God I wish I loved this movie more. I think that endings to movies are really important. The ending of this movie with Hackman at the train station was great, but the catatonia bothers me.
I think the catatonia was a brave and unique artistic choice. Certainly took me by surprise first time I saw it. I remember I watched the film with a friend who was undergoing heavy psychiatric treatment, and boy did that ending bum him out.
That’s what I love about 70’s films — a willingness to explore both the light and the dark side of existence, without any concerns about how certain artistic choices will play to a mainstream audience. Back in those glory days, a filmmaker would make his film, turn it into the studio, and the marketing department would try to figure out how to sell it. Now everything is based backwards — everything starts with marketing
wut was lion in jail for??
wut was he in jail for?
I wish I could tell you, but I actually came here for the same reason. Maybe inciting a riot?
Max started the fight, Lion joined in. Max slugged the cop really hard, which would certainly get him some time in jail. I agree that Lion would have been charged as an accomplice.
Anybody else thought…?
That Al Pacino was amazing when he did that dance when the girl was baking chocolate pie? What was the significance of that? It was so out of the blue…
when he runs about the store *laughing*
i never laugh at films but goddam that *beep* got me crackin
laughing just thinkin bout it. never knew pacino could be so funny!
RT/Meta Critic Review
This is a jewel of American cinema.(Click here to see)
With its two peerless leads delivering riveting performances, this snapshot of the landscape of early 1970s America – external and internal – is a fine entry into the road movie canon.(Click here to see)