- Actors: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright, Kiel Martin
- Directors: Jerry Schatzberg
- Writers: James Mills, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne
- Producers: Dominick Dunne, Roger M. Rothstein
- Format: PAL
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Ilc
- DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00006G9YD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Panic In Needle Park [DVD]
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Gritty drama starring Al Pacino as a man whose heroin addiction drags him and his girlfriend into the seediest recesses of the drug underworld. Bobby (Pacino) is a young heroin addict and occasional pusher who frequents New York's 'Needle Park', home to a number of other addicts and dealers. One day he stumbles across Helen (Kitty Winn), a homeless girl in need of direction after a botched abortion, and the pair begin a relationship. Unfortunately for Helen, for all the intensity of their romance there is only one direction in which Bobby can lead her - down the path to addiction and eventual betrayal.
Raw, Gritty Stuff --DVD Verdict --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Without Pacino this would be a decent 3 star sort of movie. But Pacino gives it aggro and intensity, the like of which you just don't see often enough in movies these days. He's one of those rarities, just shining his very unique light wherever he goes. And I really enjoy this sub-sub-genre sort of movie, a character movie inside a drugs movie inside a New-York-story kind of movie. Despite the fact that it deals with some pretty serious and heavy 'problems in society' I like watching it for the look and feel of the time. The clothes, styles, hairdo's and most of all gritty old New York during the 1970's, shown here for all it actually was rather than the sanitised and very often glamourous false image it is still often given. If you're looking for a disco-era weren't-the-seventies-funny movie look elsewhere!
The film focuses on the ups and downs of two doomed souls, Bobby and Helen, who wasted their lives in a downward spiral into hell without any realistic thought for tomorrow. The meaning of life is just to score, shoot, and survive, nothing more. The performances of Al Pacino and Kitty Winn are top notch. The role earned Winn the Best Actress Award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. But contrary to strong individual performances, I found the romantic chemistry between them weak.
"Panic" has a bittersweet taste of an independent film: improvisational, free-form and razor-sharp realistic. There is no music throughout the film, only dialogues and real life sounds. It tastes like a stale cigarette. Depressive mood and sordidness of Manhattan's Upper West Side are reflected perfectly. Intense and disturbing depiction of heroine shots are almost documentary nature. Thankfully, there are no Hollywood sappiness to undermine the film's effectiveness. Schatzberg did a good job by not cuing viewer's moods, just letting the picture tell the story.Read more ›
Despite the hopelessness of the subject matter, it makes for a moving film. You feel sad that these things go on.
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Great early Pacino movie. One of his best performances too,in my opinion. The uk ilc prime dvd is also fully uncut. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James Duro