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The Panic in Needle Park

The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

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A couple loves heroin as much as they love each other in Jerry Schatzberg's grim drug drama. After an illegal abortion at the behest of her faithless lover (Raul Julia), lost innocent Helen (Kitty Winn) finds solace with small-time crook Bobby (Al Pacino), a regular in Manhattan's "Needle Park." As Bobby shows her around his Upper West Side world, the two become inseparable. When Helen realizes that Bobby is a full-blown junkie, she joins him in addiction, and their downward spiral begins in

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Drama, Classics

Joan Didion

Jun 19, 2007

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The movie's well-fed, camera-loving cast and general air of self-satisfied slumming reveal Panic for what it is: the kind of drug movie a pair of Malibu intellectuals and a fashion photographer would cook up.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A gruelling but highly responsible film about the influence of heroin on a New York street romance.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It is not filled with quick cutting or gimmicky editing, but Jerry Schatzberg's direction is so confident that we cover the ground effortlessly.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Made its mark during its day, but has become outdated.

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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The Panic in the Needle Park rolls up the drug culture's sleeve and picks at the scabs underneath.

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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An occasion to meditate upon the frightfulness of heroin addiction and why many youth opt for the euphoria of white powder rather than the promises of the American dream.

April 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

More a character study than any kind of narrative story, it's moderately worthwhile but far from a classic.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Além de contar com as estupendas atuações de Winn e Pacino (em sua brilhante estréia no Cinema), este ainda é um dos melhores filmes já produzidos sobre dependência química.

April 21, 2005
Cinema em Cena

A brilliantly performed, remarkably un-exploitative (and occasionally funny) portrayal of the ravages of drug addiction, shot with searing documentary-style realism from Schatzberg.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for The Panic in Needle Park

A stark drug addiction tale, dignified child of the early seventies, when explorations of social, economical and political taboos were brutally honest. Back then newcomers, Al Pacino and Kitty Winn pour their souls as a couple of heroin addicts struggling to survive their habit. aesthetically the statement is as grim as life itself: hope is brief, there's no music, nor full closure, it goes on and on, and gets harder each time.
May 19, 2014
pier007

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I loved this movie from start to finish. I could have watched it for hours. I loved the style that Schatzberg uses and it is one of the more realistic drug films I have seen. Al Pacino is phenomenal and it was cool to see a very young Raul Julia and Paul Sorvino. A depressing gem with an amazing ending.
August 6, 2011
tsigur

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There isn't much going on in this movie it seems, or maybe it's just me? Sure there's a love story, and it has it's ups and downs like all love stories, and yes it's interesting to see what life was like for these people in needle park, but there isn't an end to the movie, and I didn't like that.
January 15, 2011
ajv2688

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Yet another great early film from starring Pacino, a story of love and the escalation to drug addiction.

This film would be just as relevant in today's time as it was back then.

Al Pacino's attraction for the controversial in the early days was truly admirable.
August 15, 2010
76Majikat

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    1. Bobby: I don't want you coming down when I'm up.
    – Submitted by Anna C (6 months ago)
    1. Helen: I think I'm gonna go home, I think.
    2. Bobby: Oh yeah, where's home?
    3. Helen: Ft. Wayne.
    4. Bobby: Illinois? Hey, I did time there!
    5. Helen: No, Indiana...
    6. Bobby: Oh, well I think I did time there too.
    – Submitted by Charles R (11 months ago)
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