The Panic in Needle Park

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Released 1971

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Director:
Jerry Schatzberg
Released:
1971
Rating:
PG
The Panic in Needle Park is a film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn. The film was adapted from the novel written by James Mills. The adaptation and screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, and the movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The Panic in Needle Park revolves around young con artist Bobby (Al Pacino) and his girlfriend Helen (Kitty Winn). Bobby is addicted to heroin, but Helen finds him attractive, and their relationship leads to her becoming an addict as well. Both of the characters' addictions worsen as the film goes on and their relationships suffer. The setting of the film is in "Needle Park", which is the common name given to the Verdi and Sherman Squares of the Upper West Side in New York City. The Panic in Needle Park is considered to be the first major film to show injection of illegal drugs.
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