The Panic in Needle Park

1971

Action / Drama

21
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 13724

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Al Pacino as Bobby
Raul Julia as Marco
Paul Sorvino as Samuels
Rutanya Alda as Admitting Nurse
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mark Turner 7 / 10

A Downward Spiral

I've heard people talk about New York City as if it were the greatest place on Earth. Woody Allen has made films that portray the city as the most attractive location there is. And yet my memories of the city from various TV series and films never lends itself to a location I'd want to visit or spend time in. It was movies like this one that did little to endear the city to those who've never been there and probably did damage to the tourist trade there.

In his first lead role in a major motion picture Al Pacino stars as Bobby, a low level thief and junkie who lives day by day on the streets of New York. He meets Helen (Kitty Winn) through a mutual friend and artist named Marco (Raul Julia), Helen's now ex-boyfriend who's about to leave the country for a while. This leaves Helen homeless with no friends to turn to. Except that Bobby takes a liking to her and invites her to stay with him.

But Bobby is a full on junkie, stealing in order to get a fix, get high and tune out. His is a world of fellow junkies who bond together in one apartment or another until they can no longer pay the rent since the money goes towards feeding their addiction.

Eventually Helen wants to know what it's like and shoots up as well. At first upset by the situation Bobby eventually finds that it bonds the two of them closer together. Both promise to kick the habit but those days never come. Instead they live a life that takes them to the lowest of lows. Worse yet is that the city is dry at the moment with drugs shipments cut off after a number of arrests, thus the title of the film, a panic that drugs are nowhere to be found.

The movie follows the pair's lives as they continue to go lower and lower, occasionally trying to claw their way up but then failing miserably. The tragedy of their lives should have made this movie one to show teens who might consider drug use. It is a sad world they live in due to their addictions. And New York City has never looked as filthy or degraded as in this film.

The story itself is only slightly interesting as somber and dark as it is. What most will want to see this film for is to watch the young Pacino elevating what could have been a low budgeted film role into something more. It would be just a year later that he would break out in THE GODFATHER but hints of what was to come can be seen here.

Twilight Time presents the film as always in the best print possible. Extras are plentiful this time around and include an isolated score track featuring unused music composed and conducted by Ned Rorem, a featurette called PANIC IN THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, a featurette called WRITERS IN NEEDLE PARK, Notes on Ned Rorem's unused score and the original theatrical trailer. As always copies are limited to just 3,000 so pick one up if you're interested.

Reviewed by noahturks 5 / 10

A Vague Plot Held Together By Strong Lead Performances

The dire content of 'The Panic...' is groundbreaking. Al Pacino is great as a street urchin in this early role, a precursor to his 'Dog Day Afternoon' performance. In this one, he's just as passionate and intuitive, but the script hinders the effect. Kitty Winn has an old-time-y feel, like she was meant to stay in the 70's, and film-wise, she kind of did as this and 'The Exorcist' are her most famous roles. She was solid here though. Instead of a clear plot, this movie's more impressionistic with it's storytelling, revealing more brushstrokes as it moves along, and I can appreciate that.

The weak links were the dialogue, which was lame at times, like with Pacino's movie brother's line about, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" being particularly offensive on the lame-o-meter. Then some of the addicts spouted a few too many buzzwords, though the way they only had drugs, sex, or crime on their minds did ring true in my experience.

The actor who played Hotch was expressionless the entire film. He was a pile of tapioca pudding warbling around, and he brought the energy down with him whenever he came on-screen. I understand that acting, especially in grittier, 'street-life' films, is meant to be naturalistic, but he was boring, which I can understand as I've fallen into that trap too: "Am I being too theatrical and demonstrative?" No, you're really not, Hotch.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

grinding inevitability

Sherman Square is in NYC on the West Side at the intersection of Broadway and 72nd Street. It is known as Needle Park for its heroin addicts. Petty criminal addict Bobby (Al Pacino) is a friend to artist Marco (Raul Julia). Helen (Kitty Winn) is in the hospital after a bad abortion from relations with Marco. She is homeless and looking to go back to Indiana. She moves in with Bobby and slowly drifts into the dark world of drugs.

This is very 70's. It's indie. It's grim and it's grimy. The two leads are compelling. It doesn't flinch away from the needle work. It's not pretty Hollywood but rather an ugly closeup vision. It is a bit slow and the plot meanders. There is a grinding inevitability to their predicament. It wallows in the gutter.

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