Scarecrow, Starring Al Pacino and Gene Hackman, this is a very interesting film for many reasons, many many reason. You have a method actor, in Pacino, a totally night and day approach to Hackman’s acting style, so they clashed often throughout the film shoot. This was a very small film, and did very poor at the box office, with after this film Gene Hackman just solely focused on highly commercial films. Which I think was a questionable move, since 1974’s Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Conversation which he starred was a similar in the small movie vein, but did much better at the box office.
What I wanted to focus on, was Al Pacino’s performance which was very good, and intense, as usual, now Pacino’s, and Hackman’s characters were homeless hobos traveling across the country correct from California to Michigan. I kind of get why Hackman is homeless. It looks like he has an alcohol issue, and some major anger management problems as well, and has a degree of frequency to blaming all others for his problems, mistakes, and down falls.
On the other hand Al Pacino, was a sailor I think, on a boat that was described to Hackman, but what really drove Pancio’s character to be out in the street, he was not an alcoholic, or a drug addict, and by his mannerisms, and diction he on all accounts seems fairly smart, no rocket scientist by no means, but seems to have pretty good common sense. So what put him in the position he was in, which I had a problem with, not a big issue, but questionable. Maybe the director didn’t want Pacino’s character to be a drug addict to avoid type casting since that was the kind of role he was in while staring in 1971’s The Panic In Needle Park, only a few years earlier also directed by Jerry Schatzberg.
Who Directed Scarecrow Jerry Schatzberg
The story was pretty simple Gene Hackman’s Character who is Max, has to get to Pittsburgh to get money he has in a bank, so he can open a car wash, and runs into Pacino’s character Lion,who is on his way to Detroit to see his child who he has never seen, and give him or her, a gift of a lamp, which he carriers around in a white box.
I love Schatzberg’s gritty style of shooting a film with the amazing cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond , these guys can give a hot summers day, a very cold dark cast. Director Jerry Schatzberg had the same kind of look in the film The Panic in Needle Park. I just wish he directed more films.
What year did Scarecrow come out 1973
Gene Hackman’s Max has a very violent temper, and watching him kind of has you on edge, when will he explode, which was good ,he has a very hard boiled personality. I’m not going to give anything away in the movie. I want you to see it like I did with the element of surprises I got as the film went along. What threw me off. There was a few roles, that had some pretty significant parts in the film, and these to people seem to just disappear, and were never seen, or heard from again, which was odd, because I liked those two people, and had an important part in the films development.
The most incredible think about Al Pacino he never allowed himself to be type cast. Al Pacino has had an interesting start to film, starting with The Panic in Needle Park, to playing a cold blooded gangster Michael Corleone in the Godfather, then jumping into playing an honest cop trying to do the right thing in a very corrupt New York City police Dept in Serpico, to his character Lion in Scarecrow, then back to Corleone in The Godfather Part II.
There was some good hobo life depicted, they occasionally found work when they needed money, and kept moving. There is some violence, that change the direction of the movie, but I liked Scarecrow. I had seen it recently on cable, after not seeing it in many years. It holds it’ own, some what dated, since its an almost 45 year old film, its just the changing of the times of course. These two guys today would have cell phones, and Max would have had online banking, and a debit card maybe so this would be a much different film in 2017