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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

R | | Drama | 1 June 1971 (France)
The lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.

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Helen
Alan Vint ...
Hotch
Richard Bright ...
Hank
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Chico
Michael McClanathan ...
Sonny
Warren Finnerty ...
Sammy
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Marcie
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Marco
Angie Ortega ...
Irene
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Mickey
Paul Mace ...
Whitey
Nancy MacKay ...
Penny
Gil Rogers ...
Robins
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Storyline

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 <evescho@cafe.net>

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1 June 1971 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Panique à Needle Park  »

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$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The name Needle Park was the then-nickname of Sherman Square on Manhattan's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway. It received this nickname due to being a frequent hangout place for drug addicts. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby kicks the young john out of the hotel after robbing him Helen is loosely using the towel to cover her breasts. In the next shot the towel is wrapped neatly around her. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [to Helen, when he realizes she ratted him out] CUNT! I was gonna marry you!
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One of the best ever
28 February 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

One of the rawest images of drug addiction ever shown in a movie ! "Drugstore cowboy" and "trainspotting" turn into cartoons by seeing this film. Pacino and Wynn : what an impressive performance. One of the best ever ! The film shows a horrifying image of the junk life in the city of New York in the seventies. This motion picture does not have the sparkling colors and action, of expensive Hollywood productions nowadays and that is just the beauty of it ! It's the brutal reality that makes us realize what harder drugs can do to a persons life. Every fourteen year old kid should see this film because of the damage hard drugs can do. Forgive me, English is not my native language i hope people understand what i am trying to say. Anyway great movie and it should be better known ! What in the name happened to Jerry Schatzberg ?


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