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This road movie starring Pacino and Hackman won the Cannes Palme D'Or in 1973

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Scarecrow

Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, New York, NY) Map it $12

(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.

Mindy Bond, Editor

Scarecrow

Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, New York, NY) Map it $12
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