The Panic in Needle Park  

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The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, adapted from the book by James Mills.

The film is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (Sherman Square) in New York City.

Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby (Al Pacino), a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen (Kitty Winn), a homeless girl who finds the stability she craves in her relationship with Bobby. She becomes an addict, and life goes downhill for them both as their addiction deepens, eventually leading to a series of betrayals.

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