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An ex-con learns the value of friendship in Jerry Schatzberg's picaresque road movie. Trying to hitch a ride on a desolate California road, fresh-out-of-prison Max (Gene Hackman) meets ex-sailor Lion (Al Pacino). They are both headed east, as Max dreams of opening a deluxe car wash in Pittsburgh and Lion believes that the wife and child he left behind will still welcome him home. The two decide to journey together, forging an increasingly deep yet uncertain friendship, as Lion teaches Max how not to be so pugnacious and Max senses Lion's fragility. When the pair hits Detroit, Lion… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hollywood movies have rarely spoken such tough and tender truths."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"I assume that Schatzberg and White wanted somehow to ennoble Max and Lionel, but they sentimentalize them."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The best film in Schatzberg's small but interesting oeuvre."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This is a jewel of American cinema."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Periodically interesting but ultimately unsatisfying."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There are fine moments, as there would have to be with Hackman and Pacino."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A poignant tale of lost souls from a golden age of US cinema."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This is no lost classic, but Pacino/Hackman superfans could do a lot, lot worse."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"A road film, buddy movie and character study dramedy about alienation... ."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Schatzberg throws away the more interesting implications in order to make emotional hay."
‑ , Time Out
"Jerry Schatzberg's film embraces sprawl of both the narrative and geographical variety with freewheeling abandon."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"As a picture of blue-collar America the film is credible and compassionate."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"With its two peerless leads delivering riveting performances, this snapshot of the landscape of early 1970s America - external and internal - is a fine entry into the road movie canon."
‑ Neil Mitchell, Electric Sheep
"Embora siga claramente o padrão estabelecido por obras como Easy Rider e Perdidos na Noite, isto não impede o filme de se estabelecer como um tocante estudo de personagens - especialmente graças à dinâmica brilhante entre Hackman e Pacino."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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