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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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>

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In the dark corner of the city, they found light See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When the screenplay for the film was submitted to the MPAA for a ratings evaluation, the board declared that it would receive an X rating for the language alone. The final film was rated R. See more »

Goofs

[45:50] Boom microphone (and camera) visible in the upper right hand corner near the end of the stick ball game. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Hotch, you wanna ball me?
Hotch: It's not gonna be that easy, Helen. I want Bobby.
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated "R" in the U.S. upon its release, some profanity and drug use was cut from the film to be re-rated "PG". The "R" rated version was released on video but is now out of print and extremely rare. See more »

Connections

Referenced in P.A.N.I.C in Griffith Park (1987) See more »

User Reviews

 
Great first performance
11 November 2004 | by bones-56See all my reviews

When I first saw this film, Al Pacino was an unknown actor, yet to play in the Godfather. I usually just enjoy the movie, but I was surprised by how fine an actor the star was. I wondered why I had never seen this guy before.

Pacino has made many fine films, but this one is actually one of his best..and very few people have ever heard of it. It used to be available on VHS, but has been out of print now for about twenty years. I was finally able to get a very expensive used copy from an internet vendor specializing in hard to get film.

I just hope that this comes out in DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Panic in Needle Park See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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