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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

R | | Drama | 1 June 1971 (France)
Follows 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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In the dark corner of the city, they found light See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert De Niro read for the part of Bobby but Jerry Schatzberg had already decided on Pacino. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Helen: Bobby!
Bobby: Well?
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Referenced in Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) See more »

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A minor seventies masterpiece.
13 December 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The film is a winner. In this day an age of lukewarm, banal 70's retro chic it's nice to see the real thing. Al Pacino turns in a naturalistic speedball performance, and as a slice of New York grunge it's pretty damn fine. If you want plots though buy an allotment. But, you do get to follow various drugged out cats through the scuzzball minutia of their lives, and among the grimy spoons, and zesty needlework there is even time for a few low key gags. I think it is a minor 70's classic. Not for everyone's tastes, but if you like The King Of Marvin Gardens, and the strange dabblings of Paul Morrisey & co you will dig it. It is obvious that both Kids/Another Day In Paradise and Drugstore Cowboy are very much in its debt.


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