I love 70s "new hollywood" movies and this one reminded me a lot of Midnight Cowboy, but it just didn't do it for me. It is like a sequel of events rather than a narrative and just too much of the happening is made without a good basis that could make it convincing (the start of their relationship, the sudden scarecrow like turn of Max or the gap between Lions condition in the end and the ending of the flick...)
We don't see movies like this anymore and I think it's because these wild, problematic misfits that make such great characters in a film wouldn't stand a chance in 21st century America. Someone like Max wouldn't have been able to get out of the prison system and if he did, he would already be dead from a heroin overdose. Another reason to love 1970s New Hollywood.
Fantastic gem in a sea of greats from the 1970s New Hollywood era. Fine acting, layered story, and general uncertainty about what will happen next make this a road movie of excellent proportions. Cinematography by the legendary Vilmos Zsigmond adds more punch to the incredible story as do definitive performances by Al Pacino and Gene Hackman. One for the ages, don't skip this one if you love 70s cinema.
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
Filmul dat e undeva între Easy Rider și Midnight Cowboy. Pierde un pic la capitolul imagine, însă duetul Hackman/Pacino e la fel de consistent și tulburător precum duetele Fonda/Hopper sau Hoffman/Voight.
A great mid70s drama. Not to be missed. Hackman and Pacino are in top form. This film is more about the characters than the plot/story. You get engrossed quickly. Just a really solid film. A shame it did poorly at the box office, causing Hackman to focus largely on sure fire box office draws henceforth. 4.5 stars