Directed by Jerry Schatzberg.
Starring Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright and Raul Julia.
A stark portrayal of life among a group of drug addicts in New York City.
The Panic In Needle Park is an eminently watchable film on a depressing and dark subject. The film sets its tone from the very start and never falters for a moment; as the credits role over a black screen, we hear the sound of a New York subway carriage and the voices of the passengers and staff announcing the stops. The sense of foreboding danger we feel is from just hearing these sounds, not sure of what is on the other side, is paid off in the film’s opening frame. A scared young woman grips the holding rail within the carriage for dear life. She is Helen. She is a heroin addict.