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The nickname for Sherman Square at 72nd and Broadway and a haven for junkies during the John Lindsay New York City mayoral years, The Panic in Needle Park follows Bobby (Al Pacino in his first major role) and Helen (Kitty Winn in a Cannes award-winning performance) through the cold, corrupt powerlessness of their addiction to heroin. Schatzberg’s nervous visuals of New York’s roughened exteriors and depressed routines provide the backdrop to a sensitively depicted portrait of two human beings.

  • Directed By Jerry Schatzberg
  • 1971
  • USA
  • DCP
  • 110 minutes