The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

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 earnest. Weathering overdoses, prostitution, betrayals, and a "panic" after a major bust, the pair manages to stick together, the habit sealing their fate. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Drama
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Studio:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Bobby
Raul Julia
as Marco
Alan Vint
as Hotchner
Paul Sorvino
as Samuels
Kitty Winn
as Helen
Rutanya Alda
as Admitting Nurse
Joe Santos
as DiBono
Kiel Martin
as Chico
Gil Rogers
as Robins
Sully Boyar
as Doctor
Paul Mace
as Whitey
Dora Weissman
as Pawnshop Lady
Anthony Palmer
as Hotel Clerk
Florence Tarlow
as Ward Nurse
Bryant Fraser
as Prep Schoolboy
Vic Ramano
as Santo
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Critic Reviews for The Panic in Needle Park

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

A gruelling but highly responsible film about the influence of heroin on a New York street romance.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is not filled with quick cutting or gimmicky editing, but Jerry Schatzberg's direction is so confident that we cover the ground effortlessly.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Bleak and downbeat, this remains a more effective anti-drug PSA than any of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" finger-wagging.

Full Review… | July 3, 2016
Creative Loafing

Made its mark during its day, but has become outdated.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Panic in the Needle Park rolls up the drug culture's sleeve and picks at the scabs underneath.

Full Review… | May 9, 2007
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2007
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Panic in Needle Park

½

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.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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