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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.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writers:

James Mills (book), Joan Didion (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Bobby
Kitty Winn ... Helen
Alan Vint ... Hotch
Richard Bright ... Hank
Kiel Martin ... Chico
Michael McClanathan ... Sonny
Warren Finnerty ... Sammy
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Marcie
Raul Julia ... Marco
Angie Ortega Angie Ortega ... Irene
Larry Marshall ... Mickey
Paul Mace ... Whitey
Nancy MacKay Nancy MacKay ... Penny
Gil Rogers ... Robins
Joe Santos ... DiBono
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Panique à Needle Park See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The studio notes reported that makeup man Herman Buchman studied the "track" marks on the arms of hospital patients and victims in morgues and achieved an authentic look for the actors by using a liquid called Flexible Collodian. In scenes in which actors appear to inject themselves, a registered nurse was on set, serving as a technical advisor. 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

Hank: Come on, Bobby, don't try to bull shit me... man. Cut your habit back.
Helen: He's only chipping.
Hank: I chip. He uses - at fifty bucks a day. That's two bills a week. And this is just the beginning of the panic. Where's the money gonna come from Bobby?
Bobby: Huh?
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Alternate Versions

The film was banned in June 1971 by the BBFC, before being released with an 'X' rating in November 1974. A cut version, short of 57 seconds, was passed with an '18' rating on New Year's Eve 1987 for video release. In April 2002, however, a version of the film was passed with an '18' rating by the BBFC, and all it's previous cuts were waived. See more »

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One of the best ever
28 February 2005 | by davewagnerSee 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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