Pacino & Bregman's decision to reunite with director Jerry Schatzberg for the star's next movie was taken only after Mark Rydell dropped out. This time they were working on a budget several times that of Panic In Needle Park, and for a major studio Warner Bros.
Pacino was cast as Lionel, 'the Lion', an almost feeble-minded sailor making his way home after five years to visit the child born since his departure.
Dustin Hoffman's early-days room mate Gene Hackman was Max, a violent ex-con with business aspirations. ' That's a life I don't know', Pacino said of his role, 'and I'm looking for what I can find out about that life through playing it.
The actors spent a week together to get the feel of their parts, dressed in cast-offs and soliciting handouts on the streets of San Francisco.
Chapter 8 (Cry Baby)
Book: A Life On The Wire
Writer: Andrew Yule