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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Warren Finnerty ...
Angie Ortega ...
Nancy MacKay ...
Gil Rogers ...


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




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Release Date:

1 June 1971 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Panique à Needle Park  »


Box Office


$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

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


[45:50] Boom microphone (and camera) visible in the upper right hand corner near the end of the stick ball game. See more »


Bobby: I'm a germ. You should split.
Helen: You don't have to tell me when to go. I'll just leave.
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Referenced in Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) See more »

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A Depressing Slice of Life!
14 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is probably one of Al Pacino's best films. I would say that it is even better then "The Godfather" because you almost want to reach out and help the characters but you can't. They all have the same problem. That problem is heroin addiction and it has caused a multitude of problems in their lives. This is a great film. It is usually not shown on television (I did see it on PBS a few years ago but I think that was a rare exception) I think however, because of its realistic content most stations try not to air it. If you can find it on video I highly recommend it.

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