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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bobby
... Helen
... Hotch
... Hank
... Chico
Michael McClanathan ... Sonny
Warren Finnerty ... Sammy
... Marcie
... Marco
Angie Ortega ... Irene
... Mickey
... Whitey
Nancy MacKay ... Penny
Gil Rogers ... Robins
... 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>

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God help Bobby and Helen. They're in love in Needle Park. 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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The film was based on a novel by James Mills, which had been based on Mills's two-part pictorial essay in the 26 February and March 5, 1965 issues of Life magazine. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby kicks the young john out of the hotel after robbing him Helen is loosely using the towel to cover her breasts. In the next shot the towel is wrapped neatly around her. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: I told my brother all about you. My brother Hank.
Helen: You did?
Bobby: Yeah. He's gonna love you. Only, he better not love you too much, cause I'll kick his ass.
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Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

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deeply disturbing
28 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. It is very real and grisly looking, not polished with the horrible artificial lighting you see nowadays in films. Bobby and Helen are addicts whose lives are going nowhere, they just can't get out of their destructive lifestyle. The scenes of the characters shooting up, tricking, and hanging in the brutal streets of 1970's New York are very realistic. Makes "Trainspotting" look like a Disney cartoon.


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