American 70s movie of the week – Scarecrow (1973)

American movies from the 70s (and late 60s) are definitely my favourite ones. Every Monday one, not widely known, movie taken from my DVD collection.

The Scarecrow (1973)
Watch the trailer here
Directed by
Jerry Schatzberg
Starring
Gene Hackman
Al Pacino
Eileen Brennan
Richard Lynch

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Just out of jail after serving time on an assault rap, Max is headed for Pittsburgh to open a deluxe car wash. Back from five years at the sea, Lion wants to hit Detroit and visit the child he’s never see. The dreams may not be glorious you’ll want Max and Lion to fulfill them because Scarecrow, co-winner of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize, has a heart as big as its cross-country journey. Its hard-luck drifters drift permanently into our souls. This is due to teamwork of high order: the moving performance of Hackman and Pacino, the sensitive direction of Jerry Schatzberg and the glowing landscape cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond. The trip is unforgettable. (from DVD back notes)

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