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A journey into the world of heroin and the streets of New York City
UNION SQUARE is a powerful look into the world of homeless heroin addicts UNION SQUARE captures the true and painful essence of drug addiction and drug - HEROIN. Stealing, shelters, hustling, detox and rehab - all is revealed in this Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Stephen Szklarski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lillian Miranda  writer
Stephen Szklarski  writer

Produced by
Dawn Altyn .... associate producer
Robert G. Dixon Jr. .... associate producer
Lillian Miranda .... producer
Stephen Szklarski .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lars Alive 
Film Editing by
Larry Provost 
Stephen Szklarski 
Sound Department
Larry Provost .... sound editor
Larry Provost .... sound editor

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Rated R for strong graphic depiction of drug addiction, and language
USA:90 min


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
excellent documentary, 23 April 2006
Author: vocal_warchild from Australia

i really enjoyed this doco, well enjoy is not the right term by any means but i cant for now find a better word to describe how i feel towards this film.

the film itself is really pretty poorly shot and the audio is really bad at times, but i was not watching this to have a cinematic experience, i was watching it to try and get an insight into the world of the people involved and on that level it really delivers. it focus's on 6 or 7 different heroin addicts, all homeless and living in union square, hence the name of the film. it trys to give an insight into what makes these people users and trys to highlight the severity of the problems that stem from being a heroin addict. clearly homelessness being the primary problem but also other problems come to light throughout the telling of their stories.

i was a little shocked by the injection scenes, i have always been uncomfortable watching people shoot up, be it on screen or in real life but i guess these scenes were being used to emphasize the complete awfulness of injecting and hope that non users who see this will be steered away from trying it due to the disgusting images portrayed in this film.

anyway i feel this could really become a great educational tool for the social welfare sector worldwide and hope that it gets picked up on by social workers worldwide for this purpose. i am a youth worker and shall be using it to highlight the obvious but often overlooked effects of heroin.

also please not that although IMDb has this listed as being rated R here in Australia it is actually rated M15+ so can be viewed by a larger target group.

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