Scarecrow is a road movie with story revolves around odd pair Francis Lionel "Lion" Delbuchi (Al Pacino) and Max Millan (Gene Hackman) who meet on the road in California, and start their relationship during their long trip to Reno, Denver, Detroit, and decide to become business partners to open a car wash once they reach Pittsburgh.
Lionel and Max have slightly different background and character. Lionel was a child-like ex-sailor who's returning home to the midwest to see his child who was born while he was at sea, and Max is a brawling, short-tempered homeless ex-convict who has been saving money to open a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Scarecrow is Al Pacino's fourth screen appearance after The Godfather (1972), and his second work with director Jerry Schatzberg after The Panic in Needle Park (1971). Schatzberg was chosen to direct the movie after the original director was fired. Despite the film was a box office failure, Scarecrow won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.