The Panic in Needle Park
|The Panic In Needle Park|
Original poster (with Ontario Censor Board classification)
|Directed by||Jerry Schatzberg|
|Produced by||Dominick Dunne|
|Written by||James Mills (book)
John Gregory Dunne
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||July 13, 1971|
|Running time||110 mins|
The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second film appearance. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, adapted from the book by James Mills.
The film portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (the nickname of Sherman Square on New York City's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway). The film is a love story between Bobby (Pacino), a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen (Kitty Winn), a restless woman who finds Bobby charismatic. She becomes an addict, and life goes downhill for them both as their addictions worsen, eventually leading to a series of betrayals.
- Al Pacino as Bobby
- Kitty Winn as Helen Reeves
- Alan Vint as Narcotics Detective Hotch
- Richard Bright as Hank
- Kiel Martin as Chico
- Michael McClanathan as Sonny
- Warren Finnerty as Sammy
- Marcia Jean Kurtz as Marcie
- Raúl Juliá as Marco
- Angie Ortega as Irene
- Larry Marshall as Mickey
- Paul Mace as Whitey
- Nancy MacKay as Penny
- Gil Rogers as Robins
- Joe Santos as Detective DiBono
- Paul Sorvino as Samuels
- Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo
- Drugstore Cowboy
- Requiem for a Dream
- Sid and Nancy
- The Basketball Diaries
- The Connection
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