Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

I know this is an inappropriate response to "a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts" but hot damn is Al Pacino sexy as fuck in this movie or what...


Al Pacino's incredible hotness aside... I loved this movie. Firstly because I would love any movie that contains this kind of old-school New York footage:

And secondly because it is a damn good film. Depressing and dark as it may be, the incredible performances from Al Pacino and Kitty Winn as the "dope-crossed" leads, and the naturalistic style of filming make for a gripping kind of bleak story telling. Not for everyone though, as I guess a movie about the daily life of two junkies wouldn't be! I'll let my friends on on imdb sum it up...

"It's not a rewarding experience in the typical sense but after spending two hours with miserable heroin addicts, it will make you feel better about your own lifestyle."

"The Panic In Needle Park is a gritty, often uncomfortable 110 mins in the company of lowlifes, pimps, prostitutes and dope addicts."

"Overall, the film is engrossing, and yet has a repulsive quality."

"Definitely one worth watching, unless you are depressed or have an aversion to seeing lengthy shots of half dead people putting dirty needles in their veins."

You have been warned! All of the above aside, I can still recommend The Panic in Needle Park for those want a bleakly beautiful and grittily real cinema verite snapshot of this time and place in the history of New York.

Erm... and for those who want to get their 1970's Al Pacino ON.... ;)


1 comment:

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