The Panic in Needle Park
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The Panic in Needle Park
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"The movie's well-fed, camera-loving cast and general air of self-satisfied slumming reveal Panic for what it is: the kind of drug movie a pair of Malibu intellectuals and a fashion photographer would cook up."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"Made its mark during its day, but has become outdated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More a character study than any kind of narrative story, it's moderately worthwhile but far from a classic."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A gruelling but highly responsible film about the influence of heroin on a New York street romance."
‑ , Time Out
"The Panic in the Needle Park rolls up the drug culture's sleeve and picks at the scabs underneath."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Além de contar com as estupendas atuações de Winn e Pacino (em sua brilhante estréia no Cinema), este ainda é um dos melhores filmes já produzidos sobre dependência química."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It is not filled with quick cutting or gimmicky editing, but Jerry Schatzberg's direction is so confident that we cover the ground effortlessly."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An occasion to meditate upon the frightfulness of heroin addiction and why many youth opt for the euphoria of white powder rather than the promises of the American dream."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A brilliantly performed, remarkably un-exploitative (and occasionally funny) portrayal of the ravages of drug addiction, shot with searing documentary-style realism from Schatzberg."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
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