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The Panic in Needle Park Details

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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. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:July 13, 1971

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival Kitty Winn Best Actress 1971 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Jerry Schatzberg
Director
Dominick Dunne
Producer
Joan Didion
Screenwriter
Adam Holender
Cinematographer
Evan Lottman
Editor
Roger M. Rothstein
Associate Producer
Jo Ynocencio
Costume Designer
Richard Vorisek
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Greenhut
First Assistant Director
Marion Dougherty
Casting
Herman Buchman
Makeup
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