Panic in Needle Park

Panic in Needle Park

Director: Jerry Schatzberg

Cast: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint

     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
One of a cycle of drug addiction films from the early 1970s, including Born to Win and Dusty and Sweets McGee (both 1971), Panic in Needle Park reveals the dark underside of the late '60s drug culture. Rather than explain why Helen and Bobby turn to drugs, the film focuses on relationships ravaged by heroin; the ending may be abrupt but it's clear where they are headed. Panic was shot on location in New York City, with a script by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne based upon James Mills' reportage about Needle Park, and its atmospheric authenticity extends to excruciating close-ups of junkies laboring to find a good vein. While its grim realism earned accolades, and Winn was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, the realism proved too much for the paying public, despite the timely subject matter. Al Pacino's first major film performance, however, convinced Francis Ford Coppola that he was the man for The Godfather (1972). Needle Park, itself, may have since become upscale real estate, but Panic in Needle Park remains a ruthless testament to the fallacy of heroin chic.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
UPC:
0024543114888
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
11,122

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Bobby
Kitty Winn Helen
Alan Vint Hotchner
Richard Bright Hank
Kiel Martin Chico
Michael McClanathan Sonny
Larry Marshall Mickey
Dora Weissman Pawnshop Lady
Warren Finnerty Sammy
Marcia Jean Kurtz Marcie
Raul Julia Marco
Angie Ortega Irene
Paul Mace Whitey
Nancy MacKay Penny
Gil Rogers Robins
Joe Santos DiBono
Paul Sorvino Samuels
Arnold Williams Freddy
Bryant Fraser Prep Schoolboy
Sully Boyar Doctor
Florence Tarlow Ward Nurse
Anthony Palmer Hotel Clerk

Technical Credits
Jerry Schatzberg Director
Herman Buchman Makeup
Joan Didion Screenwriter
Marion Dougherty Casting
Dominick Dunne Producer
John Gregory Dunne Screenwriter
Robert Greenhut Asst. Director
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Evan Lottman Editor
Roger M. Rothstein Associate Producer
Philip Smith Set Decoration/Design
Murray P. Stern Art Director
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Jo Ynocencio Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Panic in Needle Park [FS]
1. Main Titles [2:01]
2. Is It Good? [3:19]
3. A Plane From Jersey City [2:55]
4. Street Shopping [3:45]
5. Reasons to Leave [4:15]
6. My Brother Hank [4:31]
7. The Worms [7:13]
8. The Best High [3:37]
9. Tomorrow [1:51]
10. What I'll Do [1:33]
11. Only Chipping [6:31]
12. I'll Get a Job [4:32]
13. Where's Bobby? [1:43]
14. Wait for the Knock [2:47]
15. When I Get Out [4:16]
16. No Games [2:09]
17. The Middle Man [3:06]
18. What We Need [5:20]
19. A Family Friend Named "John" [6:43]
20. Balancing the Highs [:24]
21. Back to Marcos [5:54]
22. Seeking Help Through Lies [7:54]
23. How the Game Is Played [2:53]
24. End Credits [2:32]
Disc #2 -- The Panic in Needle Park [WS]
1. Main Titles [2:01]
2. Is It Good? [3:19]
3. A Plane From Jersey City [2:55]
4. Street Shopping [3:45]
5. Reasons to Live [4:15]
6. My Brother Hank [4:31]
7. The Worms [7:13]
8. The Best High [3:37]
9. Tomorrow [1:51]
10. What I'll Do [1:33]
11. Only Chipping [6:31]
12. I'll Get a Job [4:32]
13. Where's Bobby? [1:43]
14. Wait for the Knock [2:47]
15. When I Get Out [4:16]
16. No Games [2:09]
17. The Middle Man [3:06]
18. What We Need [5:20]
19. A Family Friend Named "John" [6:43]
20. Balancing the Highs [:24]
21. Back to Marcos [5:54]
22. Seeking Help Through Lies [7:54]
23. How the Game Is Played [2:53]
24. End Credits [2:32]

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