The Panic in Needle Park

The Panic in Needle Park

Jerry Schatzberg (1971)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Drug abuse movies can be hard to take, but this compelling drama has a superior screenplay (by Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne) and sensational performances from young Al Pacino and Kitty Winn. He's the cheeky bad boy and she the nice, sweet girl irresistibly drawn to him, and together their youthful dabbling in drugs drags them down into addiction and a harrowing spiral of squalor and loathing. Pacino's electrifying presence here convinced Francis Ford Coppola to fight enormous studio resistance to the unknown New Yorker and cast him as Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Look out, too, for Raul Julia and Paul Sorvino.


A drug addict and dealer living in a dangerous neighbourhood of New York meets a troubled woman recovering from a botched abortion. They begin a relationship that inevitably leads to her joining him in heroin addiction as a short supply of narcotics leads to tension on the streets. Drama, starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn.

Cast & Crew

Bobby Al Pacino
Helen Kitty Winn
Hotchner Alan Vint
Hank Richard Bright
Irene Angie Ortega
Marcie Marcia Jean Kurtz
Marco Raul Julia
Chico Kiel Martin
Samuels Paul Sorvino
Director Jerry Schatzberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violnce, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: video and DVD