18 certificateThe Panic in Needle Park is a Film programme that first aired in 1971 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

The Panic in Needle Park is a 4 star programme

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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Directed by
Jerry Schatzberg

This superb movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in New York City's infamous "Needle Park".

However, played against this setting is also a love story between a young addict, and small-time hustler called Bobby (Al Pacino) and a homeless girl called Helen (Kitty Winn). Helen finds in her relationship with Bobby the stability she craves and he the security he too craves.

However when she becomes addicted too, 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. This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts and is often reviewed as the best of the "druggie" films of the '70's.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1971

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Al PacinoAl Pacino...Bobby
Kitty Winn...Helen
Alan Vint...Narcotics Det. Hotch
Richard Bright...Hank the Burgler
Kiel Martin...Chico
Michael McClanathan...Sonny
Warren Finnerty...Sammy
Marcia Jean Kurtz...Marcie
Raul Julia...Marco
Angie Ortega...Irene
Larry Marshall...Mickey
Paul Mace...Whitey
Nancy MacKay...Penny
Gil Rogers...Robins
Joe Santos...Det. DiBono