Max is an ex-con who’s been saving money to open a car wash in Pittsburgh. Lionel is a sailor who’s returning home to the midwest to see the child born while he was at sea. They form an unlikely pair as the brawling Max learns a little how Lionel copes with the world: Lionel believes that the scarecrow doesn’t scare birds, but instead amuses them – birds find scare-crows funny. —IMDb
Born In the Bronx, New York. He attended the University of Miami, worked as assistant to Bill Helburn (1954-1956); then started his career as a freelance photographer. His Fashion photography has been published in magazines such as Vogue, McCalls, Esquire, Glamour, Town and Country, And Life. After directing some TV commercials, he made his debut as a film director in 1970 with “Puzzle of a Downfall Child”, the story of a fashion model. Schatzberg scored with his second directorial effort, the gripping, finely acted “The Panic in Needle Park”(1971), a bleak study of heroin addiction starring Al Pacino. Pacino costarred with Gene hackman in his next film, “scarecrow” (1973), a moody tale of two drifters which in many ways is an apotheosis of 70’s alienation and confusion. Perhaps significantly, Schatzberg’s critical following in the United States rose and fell with the 70’s; after 1979’s “Seduction of Joe Tynan”, the trend in Hollywood shifted from small introspective films to the Spielberg… read more
Loved it. Performances so real and moving you fell like you know them. This could be it's failing but the one constant thing, Pacino and Hackman's relationship, becomes the film's meaning, where they are does not matter,it is all at the sake of their developing friendship, and illustrating the value of friendship is the films purpose. A masterpiece. 5/5
The only other Schatzberg film I've seen is 'Panic in Needle Park.' They are both masterfully shot, powerfully performed, and have major pacing problems. In both films, I expected them to end multiple times. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Oh and Pacino is (was) a fucking genius.