The Panic in Needle Park

Panic in Needle ParkThe Panic in Needle Park (1971)
The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American romantic drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino, in his second film appearance.wikipedia
74 Related Articles

Al Pacino

Al PachinoAll PacinoPacino
The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American romantic drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino, in his second film appearance.
He gained favorable notice for his first lead role as a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park (1971).

Jerry Schatzberg

The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American romantic drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino, in his second film appearance.
He went on to direct films such as The Panic in Needle Park, which starred Al Pacino in 1971, Scarecrow, which shared the grand prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Honeysuckle Rose with Willie Nelson, Misunderstood (based on a novel by Florence Montgomery) and Street Smart in 1987 which earned Morgan Freeman his first Oscar Nomination.

Kitty Winn

The film is a love story between Bobby (Pacino), a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen (Kitty Winn), a restless woman who finds Bobby charismatic.
She is best known for her roles as the heroin addict Helen in the romantic drama The Panic in Needle Park and her recurring role of Sharon Spencer in the horror film franchise The Exorcist.

John Gregory Dunne

The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, adapted from the 1966 novel by James Mills.
They also collaborated on a series of screenplays, including The Panic in Needle Park (1971), A Star Is Born (1976), and True Confessions (1981), an adaptation of Dunne's novel of the same name.

Marcia Jean Kurtz

She has appeared in such films as The Panic in Needle Park, In Her Shoes, Dog Day Afternoon and Big Fan.

James Mills (author)

James Mills
The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, adapted from the 1966 novel by James Mills.
The 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park, starring Al Pacino in his second film appearance, was based on Mills' book of the same name about the heroin culture at Verdi Square and Sherman Square on New York City's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway.

Alan Vint

Alan
He appeared in a number of supporting roles during the 1970s in films such as The McMasters (1970), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Welcome Home, Soldier Boys (1971), Unholy Rollers (1972), Badlands (1973), Macon County Line (1974), Earthquake (1974), Breakout (1975), Checkered Flag or Crash (1977) and The Lady in Red (1979).

Broadway (Manhattan)

BroadwayGreat White WayCanyon of Heroes
The film portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (then-nickname for Sherman Square on Manhattan's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway).
In the 1960s and 1970s, the area surrounding both Verdi Square and Sherman Square was known by local drug users and dealers as "Needle Park", and was featured prominently in the gritty 1971 dramatic film The Panic in Needle Park, directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second onscreen role.

Richard Bright (actor)

Richard BrightRichard Bright,
He had supporting parts in The Getaway (1972) (as a con man who tries to ply his trade on Ali MacGraw) and costarred in The Panic in Needle Park (1971), playing Al Pacino's brother Hank.

Joe Santos

He struggled in show business, and worked blue-collar jobs until his friend Al Pacino helped him get a role in the 1971 movie The Panic in Needle Park.

Dominick Dunne

Dominic Dunne919 Fifth Avenue
According to a November 1967 Hollywood Reporter news item, film rights for the novel were purchased by Avco Embassy Pictures and, according to a March 1969 Variety news item, the film rights were later bought by producer Dominick Dunne, whose brother and sister-in-law, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion wrote the screenplay.
He began his career as a producer in film and television, noted for involvement with the pioneering gay film The Boys in the Band (1970) and the award winning drug film Panic in Needle Park (1971).

Paul Sorvino

PaulThe Oldest Rookie
In 1971, he played a supporting role in Jerry Schatzberg's critically acclaimed The Panic in Needle Park starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn.

Sully Boyar

Süleyman "Sully" Geldzvek Boyar
His many other film credits included The Panic in Needle Park (1971), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Gambler (1974), Car Wash (1976), The Deadliest Season (1977), Oliver's Story (1978), Night of the Juggler (1980), The Jazz Singer (1980), Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981), The Entity (1982), Too Scared to Scream (1985), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Best Seller (1987), The Lemon Sisters (1989), Betsy's Wedding (1990), In the Soup (1992), and Just the Ticket (1999).

Sherman Square

The film portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (then-nickname for Sherman Square on Manhattan's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway).
This provided the title and general setting for the gritty 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park (set in Sherman Square, according to its credits), directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second role.

Raul Julia

Raúl JuliáRaúl '''JuliáMerel Poloway
Between 1971 and 1972, Julia earned roles in The Organization, The Panic in Needle Park, and a film adaptation of Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.

Joan Didion

Quintana Roo Dunne
The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, adapted from the 1966 novel by James Mills.

Upper West Side

Upper West Side, ManhattanUpper West Side of ManhattanManhattan's Upper West Side
The film portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (then-nickname for Sherman Square on Manhattan's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway).

Warren Finnerty

He continued to work steadily in the 60s and early 70s, making appearances on television in Bonanza and Banacek, and in films such as The Pawnbroker (1964), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Easy Rider (1969) in which Finnerty plays a rancher whose lifestyle draws the admiration of Wyatt aka "Captain America," the character played by Peter Fonda, The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Kid Blue (1973) and Cockfighter (1974).

1971 Cannes Film Festival

1971Cannes Film Festival24th Cannes Film Festival
For her portrayal of Helen, Winn won the Best Actress Award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

Best ActressBest Actress AwardCannes Film Festival Award
For her portrayal of Helen, Winn won the Best Actress Award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

Romance film

Romanceromanticromantic drama
The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American romantic drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino, in his second film appearance.

Heroin

diamorphinediacetylmorphinesmack
The film portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (then-nickname for Sherman Square on Manhattan's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway).