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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

R  |   |  Drama  |  1 June 1971 (France)
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This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a ... See full summary »



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This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless girl who finds in her relationship with Bobby the stability she craves. She becomes addicted too, and life goes downhill for them both as their addiction deepens, eventually leading to a series of betrayals. But, in spite of it all, the relationship between Bobby and Helen endures. Written by E. Schofield <>

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God help Bobby and Helen. They're in love in Needle Park. See more »




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1 June 1971 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Panique à Needle Park  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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There is no music in this movie whatsoever. See more »


(at around 15 mins) When Bobby asks Helen to do him a favor, his hand changes position between being under his hair on his forehead and being on top of his hair. See more »


Irene: I ain't no robber. I'm a prostitute.
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Referenced in Les derniers révoltés d'Hollywood (2008) See more »

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6 January 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film is a real throwback to the 1970's. It captures the pervasive feeling of nihilism perfectly well, particularly on the subject of drugs.

The not so great colour and sound strangely add to the experience in making the film seem more documentary than a tale of two young people caught in the vortex of addiction.

Pacino and Winn both play remarkably believable leads.

It may not be an uplifting experience to watch the film, but in watching it, you cannot help feeling that it's a privilage to watch such mastery of directing and acting.

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