Cinema: Maudlin Metaphors

SCARECROW directed by JERRY SCHATZBERG Screenplay by GARRY MICHAEL WHITE

Lion (Al Pacino) is an innocent, and Max (Gene Hackman) a combative cynic of the open road. Like George and Lenny in Of Mice and Men−rather too much like them, in fact−Lion and Max fall in with each other while hitchhiking on a lonely country road. Max has spent six years in stir at San Quentin; Lion has been at sea in the merchant marine for five, fleeing the strangulating responsibilities of family and a 9-to-5 job. Lion is on his way to Detroit to...

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