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Movie : Scarecrow

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We open up with a man walking down a hill in the country.  He struggles through a barbwire fence and makes his way to a lonely stretch of highway.  A smaller man pops out from behind a tree and tries to engage the bigger guy in a conversation.  He’s ignored.  We stay with the two as they individually try to hitch a ride on opposite sides of the road.  The little guy still tries to make a connection with the big guy but no go.  The big man tries to light his cigar but his lighter won’t work.  Smaller man walks over, pulls out a light and the cigar is lit.  Next scene the two are in the back of a truck.  Friends.

Next stop is a roadside diner where the big guy, Max who has just gotten out of the joint asks the little guy, Lionel who’s been at sea if he “wants to go into business?”.  Lionel says “OK”.  Partners.  They both have to make stops before they go to Pittsburgh where they plan to open up their car wash.  Max has it all figured out and has the money to get them started.  “For every car, there’s dirt”.  We follow the partners as they make their way to Pittsburgh.  Jumping trains, visiting Max’s sister,  delivering a present to Lion’s “kid”.  That’s it.

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But what a journey.  Loved this film start to finish.  Jerry Schatzberg’s direction is flawless, Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography is beautiful.  All the performances are fantastic.  Eileen Brennan,  Dorothy Tristan,  Ann Wedgeworth,  Richard Lynch,  Penelope Allen.  All bit parts are filled by believable people.

Hackman and Al Pacino were never better.  Big and violent and small and harmless.  Two different characters.  Acting lessons from both.  Babyhead’s favorite Pacino role.  Loved it.  Hackman is fabulous.  Add another standout role to his list.  Memorable performances and characters.  Buy both as real people.

Great scene after great scene.  They just keep coming.  How many do you want?  You get a whole movie full here. Opening, cafe, Coley’s place, Pacino and Lynch getting loaded, Pacino talking to his ex- wife (heartbreaking,), the fountain, lesson on shoveling pig shit, Hackman dancing in the bar, hospital.

This is a special film.  Babyhead has it near the top of his list.  It was that good to him.  If you’ve never seen it, bracket a couple hours and see what you think.  If you like a good story, truthful and realistic acting and just plain good film making you won’t be disappointed .  One of those films that made CB a film lover.

“I don’t trust anybody.  I don’t love anybody”.  Once in a while people change.  Max did.  Oh yeah, if you want to make a friend have an extra match in your pocket.

 

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8 comments on “Movie : Scarecrow

  1. 1537
    December 12, 2016

    I’ve never seen this at all. I’ll find it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 12, 2016

      It’s a CB favorite or he wouldn’t write about it. Similar to the gritty, real, working class films they make over on your side. If you do find it let me know how it grabs you.

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  2. dcw0731
    December 16, 2016

    CB Never heard of this movie but thanks to you I will now have to watch it

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 16, 2016

      DCW/Yuri very cool. I revisit ‘Scarecrow’ every once in a while. I’d be interested in your take if you manage to find it. Funny how films like this just don’t get the ink. Same as a lot of the music we like. All I know is I love this film.

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  3. dcw0731
    December 16, 2016

    CB Love old Al Pacino movies so I’m looking forward to checking this out. My favorite is Dog Day Afternoon that I was able to see a couple months ago for the 20th time. It also seems like every movie Hackman is in turns out to be great.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 16, 2016

      I don’t know if ‘Dog Day’ was after or before this one but it’s around the same time. Yeah I really liked Al’s work in these ones. Gene and him really play an odd couple but it works. (How about John Cazale and Al in DD. Another great acting partnership)

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  4. Thom Hickey
    December 18, 2016

    Slipped under my radar. Thanks for your brilliant trailer!

    Regards Thom.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 18, 2016

      Thom thanks for the that! CB doesn’t pretend to be the most polished scribe but he does know what he likes and he likes this movie.

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