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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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Great first performance See more (66 total) »


  (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 | Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | 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?

Al Pacino first leading role.See more »
Continuity: When Bobby kicks the young john out of the hotel after robbing him Helen is loosely using the towel to cover her breasts. In the next shot the towel is wrapped neatly around her.See more »
Marco:You've been through some changes since I saw you. Now you wanna wipe all that out. You could, if you wanted to.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Planting the Seeds of Evil (2006) (V)See more »


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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Great first performance, 11 November 2004
Author: bones-56 from Los Angeles

When I first saw this film, Al Pacino was an unknown actor, yet to play in the Godfather. I usually just enjoy the movie, but I was surprised by how fine an actor the star was. I wondered why I had never seen this guy before.

Pacino has made many fine films, but this one is actually one of his best..and very few people have ever heard of it. It used to be available on VHS, but has been out of print now for about twenty years. I was finally able to get a very expensive used copy from an internet vendor specializing in hard to get film.

I just hope that this comes out in DVD.

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