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.
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
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.