This road movie starring Pacino and Hackman won the Cannes Palme D'Or in 1973
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(1973) Back from long stints in female-free environments: for Al Pacino’s goofy, anything-for-a-laugh naif Francis Lionel Delbuchi (soon-to-be-dubbed “Lion”), five years at sea; his goal: to reconcile with the wife he abandoned and the kid he’s never seen. For Gene Hackman’s in-your-face, “layered-look” Max, six years in San Quentin; his El Dorado: the car wash in Pittsburgh he’s been saving up for. Inevitably, they team up to hike across a Vilmos Zsigmond-shot low-class America, on the way encountering boozy wise-cracking barfly Eileen Brennan, Hackman’s sister in Denver Dorothy Tristan and her own pal Ann Wedgeworth (who’s all over Hackman with a desperately lustful duel of double entendres). But if Hackman proves his toughness in a savage beating of Pacino’s attempted prison rapist, he then defuses a bar fight with a hilarious striptease — to Pacino’s densely enigmatic expression (add your own interpretation). With a devastating phone call and a plunge in a Detroit fountain still to come. Arguably two of the greatest performances by two of our greatest stars at the peak of their powers — and Hackman’s own personal favorite. Winner of Cannes Palme D’Or and Japan’s equally-prestigious Kinema Jumpo award for Best Foreign Film. Screenplay by Garry Michael White. Approx. 112 min. DCP.