The Panic in Needle Park
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 13, 1971
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

A gruelling but highly responsible film about the influence of heroin on a New York street romance.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Bleak and downbeat, this remains a more effective anti-drug PSA than any of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" finger-wagging.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is not filled with quick cutting or gimmicky editing, but Jerry Schatzberg's direction is so confident that we cover the ground effortlessly.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Made its mark during its day, but has become outdated.

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Christopher Null

More a character study than any kind of narrative story, it's moderately worthwhile but far from a classic.

Angie Errigo
Radio Times

Drug abuse movies can be hard to take, but this compelling drama has a superior screenplay and sensational performances from young Al Pacino and Kitty Winn.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The Panic in the Needle Park rolls up the drug culture's sleeve and picks at the scabs underneath.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

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Pierluigi Puccini
A stark drug addiction tale, dignified child of the early seventies, when explorations of social, economical and political taboos were brutally honest. Back… More
Lady D'arbanville
Yet another great early film from starring Pacino, a story of love and the escalation to drug addiction. This film would be just as relevant in today's… More
Tim Sigur
I loved this movie from start to finish. I could have watched it for hours. I loved the style that Schatzberg uses and it is one of the more realistic drug… More
Cameron Johnson
Al Pacino must be a good actor to get a lead role for his second film, and a really serious one at that, because this love story is hardly "Frankie and… More
Aj V
There isn't much going on in this movie it seems, or maybe it's just me? Sure there's a love story, and it has it's ups and downs like all… More
Hassan Vawda
This is the film that supposedly threw Al Pacino in the beam of quality actors, and it's no surprise, he is charismatic and richly tragic in his portrayal… More