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James Mills (book)
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Release Date:
1 June 1971 (France) See more »
In the dark corner of the city, they found light See more »
Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Bobby

Kitty Winn ... Helen

Alan Vint ... Hotch

Richard Bright ... Hank

Kiel Martin ... Chico
Michael McClanathan ... Sonny
Warren Finnerty ... Sammy

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Marcie

Raul Julia ... Marco
Angie Ortega ... Irene

Larry Marshall ... Mickey

Paul Mace ... Whitey
Nancy MacKay ... Penny
Gil Rogers ... Robins

Joe Santos ... DiBono

Paul Sorvino ... Samuels

Arnold Williams ... Freddy
Vic Ramano ... Santo (as Vic Romano)
Bryant Fraser ... Prep School Boy
Dora Weissman ... Pawnshop Lady
Sully Boyar ... Doctor
Florence Tarlow ... Ward Nurse

Rutanya Alda ... Admitting Nurse (as Ruth Alda)
Anthony Palmer ... Hotel Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Caso ... Drug Addict (uncredited)
Jeffrey Walker ... Prisoner #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Schatzberg 
Writing credits
James Mills (book)

Joan Didion (screenplay) and
John Gregory Dunne (screenplay)

Produced by
Dominick Dunne .... producer
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Adam Holender (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Evan A. Lottman  (as Evan Lottman)
Art Direction by
Murray P. Stern 
Set Decoration by
Philip Smith 
Costume Design by
Jo Ynocencio 
Makeup Department
Herman Buchman .... makeup artist
Phil Naso .... hair stylist
Production Management
Roger M. Rothstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Greenhut .... first assistant director
Jim Inch .... second assistant director (as James F. Inch)
Paul J. Crossey .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joe Caracciolo)
Edward Garzero .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Dennis Maitland .... sound mixer
Al Nahmias .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Katherine Wenning .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward R. Brown .... camera operator (as Edward Brown)
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer
Robert Dolan .... gaffer
James Finnerty .... key grip
Emmanuel Metaxas .... assistant camera
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe: men
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Martin Plachter .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Raymond Hartwick .... transportation captain
Other crew
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Shari Leibowitz .... production secretary
Ruth A. Oberdorfer .... secretary to producer
Sue Dwiggins .... production secretary (uncredited)
Eileen Peterson .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pánico en Needle Park" - Mexico (imdb display title), Spain
"Panique à Needle Park" - Canada (French title), France
"Πανικός στο Νηντλ Παρκ" - Greece
"Паника в Нидл-парке" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Паника в Парка на дрогата" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Esrar bitti" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Narkomani" - Poland
"Os Viciados" - Brazil
"Pánik a Tű parkban" - Hungary
"Pânico em Needle Park" - Portugal
"Panico a Needle Park" - Italy
"Paniikki Piikkipuistossa" - Finland (video box title)
"Panik i Needle Park" - Sweden
"Panik i nåleparken" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Panik im Needle Park" - Austria
"Panika u parku droga" - Serbia (imdb display title)
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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:R | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1971) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (video) | UK:X (re-rating) (1974) | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1971) | USA:PG | USA:R (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Jerry Schatzberg turned down the script when he was offered it by the production company. He was then re-approached when Al Pacino took an interest in the project. He agreed then to direct on the condition that Pacino could star, however ironically it then became difficult to find a studio that would back the project with a newcomer like Pacino.See more »
Continuity: (at around 15 mins) When Bobby asks Helen to do him a favor, his hand changes position between being under his hair on his forehead and being on top of his hair.See more »
Irene:I ain't no robber. I'm a prostitute.See more »
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