The Panic in Needle Park

The Panic in Needle Park

Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.
Genres: Drama
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 1971
Time: 110 min
IMDb: 7.1/10


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.
Plot Keywords: needle / love / betrayal / addiction / new-york-city
Taglines: In the dark corner of the city, they found light
Certificate: Australia:R | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:18 (video) | United Kingdom:X | United Kingdom:Rejected | United States:PG | United States:R | West Germany:16 (f)
Cast: Al Pacino , Kitty Winn , Alan Vint , Richard Bright , Kiel Martin , Michael McClanathan , Warren Finnerty , Marcia Jean Kurtz , Raul Julia , Angie Ortega , Larry Marshall , Paul Mace , Nancy MacKay , Gil Rogers , Joe Santos , Paul Sorvino , Arnold Williams , Vic Ramano , Bryant Fraser , Dora Weissman , Sully Boyar , Florence Tarlow , Rutanya Alda , Anthony Palmer , Anthony Caso , Jeffrey Walker


Company: Gadd Productions Corp.
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 01 Jun 1971 (France)
Year: 1971
Film Location: Sherman Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 110 min
Soundmix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

azeffer » 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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